Intersecting Identities: Historical Context and the Development of Personal Narrative and Identity

Fanshen Cox (M.A. ’97) is the creator of the one-woman show One Drop of Love, which explores the intersections of race, class and gender in pursuit of truth, justice and love. In a continuing effort to spark courageous and necessary conversations, Cox facilitates interactive and goal-oriented workshops on diversity, equity and inclusion that explore the use of narrative in empathy-building; how historical context informs our current identities; and how the construction of race affects our closest relationships. Associate Professor of English Education Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz (M.A. ’96) has championed a process she calls “Archeology of the Self” – the exploration of how race and bias live within ourselves. She is the founder and faculty sponsor of the Racial Literacy Roundtables Series, as well as the co-founder of the Teachers College Civic Participation Project.

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