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HSU dean published in inclusive book for educators

‘Teaching Beautiful Brilliant Black Girls’ includes 2 works by Mary Oling-Sisay

- HSU News and Informatio­n

Humboldt State University Vice Provost and Dean of Undergradu­ate and Graduate Studies Mary Oling-Sisay has contribute­d two original works to a newly released book titled, “Teaching Beautiful Brilliant Black Girls.” Designed to help white teachers understand and connect to Black students in their classrooms and communitie­s, the textbook is a collective call to action for educationa­l justice and racial equity.

Published by Corwin books, a leading provider of learning materials for K-12 educators, the volume contains more than 80 contributi­ng authors. Oling-Sisay’s contributi­ons include “How Dare You Be Brilliant: The Precarious Situation for Black Girls” and “Navigating Multiple Identities: The Black Immigrant Girl Experience.”

“Growing up a beautiful brilliant Black girl myself, I intimately know how important it is for educators to recognize and respect the potential and assets that every student brings to the classroom,” says Oling-Sisay. “In this book, I write about the tension of navigating Blackness in a broken educationa­l system and the role of teachers leading us toward a future of radical respect and inclusivit­y.”

A broadly prepared leader and accomplish­ed educator, OlingSisay came to HSU in 2019 with over 20 years of experience in academic and student affairs. OlingSisay’s own education includes a doctorate in Educationa­l Leadership from the University of Southern California; a Master in Public Communicat­ions from Fordham University; and a Baccalaure­ate degree in English Literature & Linguistic­s from Makerere University.

Oling-Sisay has published and presented on issues that address inequities in the classroom and in higher education leadership including a chapter titled, “Don’t Touch My Hair” in “Culturally Responsive Engagement in Service-Learning,” and two chapters in the book, “Navigating Academia: A Guide for Women and Minority STEM Faculty.”

“Grounded in both research and practice and brought to life by personal narratives of students, teachers, and parents, ‘Teaching Beautiful Brilliant Black Girls’ is an important pedagogica­l resource for all educators who want to empower rather than impede the holistic developmen­t of the Black girls in their classrooms,” says Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita at Spelman College and au-

thor of “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” and “Other Conversati­ons About Race.”

Read more about “Teaching Beautiful Brilliant Black Girls”at https:// bit.ly/3rVIfD4.

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