Watch now: The Early Years of the Guardianship, with Richard Hollinger
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Educator, Motherscholar

I was born and raised in Port-Gentil Gabon and attended middle school at New Era High School in Panchgani India. I have a Bachelor’s in Mathematics Education, Master’s in Special Education and have taught in higher education (KU and UNC-CH) and in various K-12 settings, my last being the International School of Yaounde Cameroon. I recently received my doctorate from UNC-CH with a focus on Critical Whiteness Studies in Education.

In terms of positionality, I identify as a white critical race motherscholar (Matias, 2016) in education. In my life, mothering, my race scholarship, and the Baha’i Faith have always been inextricably linked as I navigate my raced reality within the context of a disintegrating old world order and my active participation in the building of a new world.

I am passionate about finding ways to deeply study and understand the Writings by using current academic discourses such as Critical Whiteness Studies and Critical Race Theory to grasp the depth of the urgent work Shoghi Effendi has tasked us with in the Advent of Divine Justice. In my free time, I host a monthly devotional series Uprooting Racism through Discourse and Spiritual Healing that focuses on gaining a deeper understanding of race, whiteness, and white supremacy in order to better understand Bahá’í Guidance on race.

I am continuously learning how to prioritize the various aspects of my life: quality time with family, being of service to my community, research and knowledge construction, and spending time outdoors biking, swimming, paddle boarding, hiking, camping and traveling. Professionally, I measure success based on impact within the community. Personally, I measure success by sustaining a balanced life and fulfilling my purpose on this beautiful planet we call earth. I’m excited to learn alongside Wilmette faculty and participants as we engage in challenging material and courageous conversations.

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