Help Samantha Study in England!

***ANOTHER UPDATE*** Tuesday 12 July 2016: I friends! I recently disabled my YouCaring fundraiser since the trip to Cambridge is canceled. womp womp However, if you previously donated to that fundraiser you should have an email from me in your inbox letting you know what’s what. So, peep that for an update on me. And…

Thoughts on the Audience for my Research

Who is my audience and how much can I expect them to know? Beyond the McNair staff, my cohort, and mentors; my audience is other community organizers, people who work with girls of color, and people who are invested in youth-adult partnerships. These people will have a special interest in my topic because of their…

McNair Research Topic: Sisters in Action for Power & Youth-Adult Partnerships

When people in Portland ask me what I’m studying as the focus of my McNair research, I tell them this: I’m doing a case study of the non-profit organization, Sisters in Action for Power, and their TriMet campaign because I want to know how community organizing work and youth-adult partnerships affected the girls who participated in…

*Writing in Community*

Context: I’m in a writing group with another McNair scholar and a professor. We meet weekly. I wanted to take a moment and write some of my thoughts down as it concerns this writing group. I’m glad that we’re doing this, however, presently, I find myself a bit anxious…nervous? Not sure why, but I’m feeling…

Ramblings on Y-APs, Black Feminist Thought & Legacy

From a writing prompt/free write where I listed questions related to my research and then looped back to respond to a few of them. It sort of reads as a stream of consciousness. So, if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like inside my head…here’s a snapshot. Why should feminists care about youth-adult partnerships (Y-APs)?  Feminists should…

Did you ever wonder where the term “women of color” came from?

Below is a video of Loretta Ross at a Western States Center training back in 2011 explaining just how the term “women of color” was created: “It is a solidarity definition. A commitment to work in collaboration.” Shout out to the Black Women’s Agenda! I had the pleasure of meeting Loretta Ross at the UC Berkeley…

Toni Morrison

“I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.’ This is not just a grab-bag candy…