Successful Black Women in Higher Educ: Lessons on Literacy presentation by Hilda Pettit
Dr. Joanne Kilgour Dowdy, author and editor of five books on social equity, language, literacy and culture will present "Making the Invisible Heard: Black Women, Literacy and Academic Success" on Wednesday, April 4, at 5:30 p.m. in the Kent State University Student Multicultural Center. Admission to the event is complimentary and members of the community are invited to attend.
Dowdy, who received the Kent State University Diversity Award for developing an exemplary curriculum that incorporates diversity values, has a particular interest in literacy education. Her major research interests include documenting the experiences of black women involved in education from adult basic literacy to higher education. Her books include The Skin That We Speak: Thoughts on Language and Culture in the Classroom and GED Stories: Black Women & Their Struggle for Social Equity.
A graduate of the Juilliard School, Dowdy earned her master's from Teachers College of Columbia University and her Doctorate in Literacy Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has taught in middle schools and high schools and worked with non-traditional college students, adult basic literacy students and undergraduate and graduate students in Trinidad, New York, North Carolina, Georgia and Ohio.The event is co-sponsored by Women’s Studies, Women’s Resource Center, TLCS. For additional information, please contact the Women’s Resource Center at 330-672-9230.