The Navigatinalist with Dr. Wilson Okello and Dr. Stephen Quaye

Episode 5
47m | Dec 31, 2020

Today, we will discuss how how to balance being an activist, an educator, and your true authentic self on campus; how to overcome the racial battle fatigue by protecting your energy; and how our students have always been bias.  Join us with artist-scholar and professor, Dr. Wilson Okello, and writer/scholar, professor, Dr. Stephen Quaye.Navigationalist Questions include: 

  1. Hello, I am Dr. Kumar (Kuuuuu-mar.  I myself understand the cost and consequences of activism by faculty of color - the extra labor.  How can I balance this labor?  How can I engage my minoritized students without burning out?  Any strategies?  
  2. Hello, I am Dr. Lee.  Forgive me if I take too much of your time, but I have been searching for strategies to practice self-care in the midst of racial battle fatigue.  I see symptoms of it: you know high blood pressure, headaches, increased breathing and heart rate in anticipation of racial conflict, and exhaustion.  Are there any recommendations or policies that my college can implement college wide to address this racial battle fatigue? 
  3. Hello, I am a writer and an English instructor.  Well, soon to be, I mean.  This is my first semester teaching.  Being a woman of color, I noticed things.  I attempted to discuss a few antiracist issues and racial realities, but my white students challenged me.  Are my students’ bias?  How do I present my positionality to them? I am certain this probably is going to cost me bad evaluations at the end of the semester?

Guest Navigationalists include:Dr. Stephen John Quaye is an associate professor in the student affairs in higher education program at Miami University and past president of American College Personnel Association (ACPA): College Student Educators International. He has published two books, edited four books, over 20 book chapters, and 17 peer-reviewed journal articles in top-tier journals, such as the Journal of College Student Development, Teachers College Record, and The Review of Higher EducationDr. Wilson Kwamogi Okello is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Watson College of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Bridging the artist-scholar divide, Dr. Okello draws on Black feminist theories to think about the relationship between history, the body, and epistemology, anti-Blackness in education, critical masculinities, and anti-deficit curriculum and pedagogy.  His work has been published in leading venues such as the Journal of College Student Development, the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, and the Review of Higher Education

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