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Academe's Guilded Stairway

Asked by Dr. Joanne Dowdy to reflect upon my journey to and within higher education, I wrote this essay which is one of nineteen essays in her edited book, Connecting the Literacy Puzzle: Linking the Professional, Personal, and Social Perspectives (2012). The collection offers a range of contributions from educators who lived through the enormous hopefulness of communities seeking to conquer a maelstrom of educational experiences that define the last fifty years.

My contribution weaves a narrative of learning experiences nurtured by growing up in New York City that continually influence my world view as well as engagement with our global and education communities.