McNair 2015

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I’m a McNair Scholar! Exciting nerdery going on here!

First, let me say that I hold deep gratitude for the opportunity to participate in a program that demystifies the grad school process, allows me to conduct original research, and supports my development as an emerging scholar. Such a gift! It truly is a privilege and an honor to live in the legacy of astronaut, Ronald E. McNair, who transitioned to become an Ancestor when the Space Shuttle Challenger crashed during its launch in 1986.

“The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at Portland State University (PSU) works with motivated and talented undergraduates who want to pursue PhDs. It introduces juniors and seniors who are first-generation and low-income, and/or members of under-represented groups to academic research and to effective strategies for getting into and graduating from PhD programs.”

My faculty mentors are Dr. Roberta Hunte and Dr. Derrais Carter.

Here is a blog post where I discuss my research topic.

I’ve been writing my way through the research process. Read some of my reflections here.

Below is the abstract from my McNair research paper:


“Sisters in Action for Power Combine Youth-adult Partnerships and Popular Education to Advance Girl-led Community Organizing for Equity and Justice” examines how grassroots community organizing has had an impact on girls of color in Portland, Oregon. Using a case study of the non-profit organization, Sisters in Action for Power, this paper addresses the question: how do women who were youth organizers with Sisters in Action relate to the broader significance and personal impact of the community organizing work they engaged in as youth? This paper offers three critical aspects of the practice of youth-adult partnerships at Sisters in Action: (1) civic engagement, (2) social capital, and (3) voice. My paper analyzes media coverage and in-depth interviews with women who were youth activists, and one adult facilitator with Sisters in Action to examine how girl-led and women of color-centered organizing through youth-adult partnerships and popular education infuse theories of radical political education into forming and deepening youth-adult partnerships.

Keywords: Sisters in Action for Power, youth-adult partnerships (Y-APs), activism, girl-led, popular education, civic engagement, social capital, voice, Black youth-led activism, narrative, girls of color, women of color

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