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Welcome to Episode 3 of Season 2!
In this episode, I speak with educator and researcher Dr. Christopher Sewell who worked with me at one charter school in Brooklyn, New York, years ago. We had an in-depth talk that touched upon the privilege of being a U.S. citizen (in the context of American society), the role of immigrant status in a career choice, being a Black queer male, and authenticity in the classroom and in the office. His insight opened my eyes to new forms of privilege and was intriguing to think about. And, he's just as funny as I remember. Our lively and complex conversation led me to emphasize the privilege of being able to follow your passion, what it means to be authentic, and the legacy one leaves when being authentic. .
Dr. Christopher Sewell
Dr. Christopher J.P. Sewell is currently DEI Research and Learning Specialist at Praxis Labs. Prior to this role, he was Associate Dean of Students and Dean of First-Year Students at Williams College. He has worked across the PK-20 educational spectrum. His scholarship focuses on studying the experiences of gifted students of color, how schooling and policies around gifted and talented education affect students of color long-term experiences, the ways in which LGBTQ+ gifted students negotiate their academic, racial, and sexual identities, and the experiences of Black students at Predominantly White Institutions. Dr. Sewell currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of African American Males in Education (JAAME) and on the Board of Reviewers for Education and Urban Society and Frontiers in Education. He earned his Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University, Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, Master of Arts in Afro-American Studies from the University of California - Los Angeles, and Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and History from Williams College.
Music for this episode is Like Honey by Dr. Delight provided by soundstripe.com.
Cover artwork and design by Katrina Langland and Eloise Stewart.
Here are some interesting resources and articles to check out that highlight passion + privilege and authenticity:
Finally, an article about the nuance of being authentic from a Black female professor perspective (not mine)
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