Decolonization and Higher Education Forum

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (ET)
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 At BSU, we have held several internal forums to address racial and social injustices, and we have established the President’s Racial Justice Task Force. However, there is concern about the ways in which decolonial pedagogies and decolonization are being applied (or not). This forum will take a deeper look at colonial legacies and how intertwined the university is with colonial ideologies. We will not move far in our efforts for racial justice unless we are willing to untangle ourselves from these embedded practices.

Dr. Leigh Patel is Professor of Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh and affiliated with Education for Liberation. As a transdisciplinary scholar, she studies the narratives that create material realities in society. Her research focuses on both the ways schooling delivers inequities and how education can be a tool for liberation. She is a highly sought-after speaker and well-regarded scholar across the fields of education, ethnic studies, critical higher education studies, and literacy. Her recent publications include There is no study without struggle: Higher education and settler colonialism. July 2021 Beacon Press and Decolonizing educational research: From ownership to answerability. 2015 Routledge: NY.

Dr. Nitana Hicks Greendeer, a citizen of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has worked for the past 15 years with the Wopanaak Language Reclamation Project as a teacher, researcher, and curriculum developer, and currently as the Head of School for the Wopanaak Language immersion school, Weetumuw Katnuhtohtakamuq. She has served her tribal community as the Director of the Education Department for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. She teaches in the Native American and Indigenous Studies program at Brown University, previously as a Presidential Post-doc and now as an adjunct professor. Her broader interests include culture-based education and culturally appropriate curricular models, language education, and Indian Education. She teaches these and other topics of Native Studies at Brown University.

Linda Jeffers Coombs (Aquinnah Wampanoag) is a member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe on Martha's Vineyard, and have lived in Mashpee for more than 40 years. Her two grandchildren are enrolled with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, as was their father and grandfather. Linda has worked for 45 years as a museum educator and spent 11 years at the Boston Children's Museum, 30 years in the Wampanoag Indigenous Program at Plimoth Plantation, and 9 years at the Aquinnah Cultural Center. She has been an interpreter, an artisan, a researcher; led workshops and teacher institutes; written children's stories and articles on various aspects of Wampanoag history and culture; and has developed and worked on all aspects of a wide variety of exhibits. Linda is one of Bridgewater State University’s Indigenous Scholars and organizer of the recent Indigenous History Conference Here It Began: 2020 Hindsight or Foresight held virtually through Bridgewater State University.

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