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M. Billye Sankofa Waters, Ph.D.

[em  /  BILL-ee  /  san-KO-fuh-WAH-ters]

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON TACOMA [2019 – PRESENT]

 

Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership

School of Education

mbswphd@uw.edu

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY [2012 – 2019]

 

Associate Teaching Professor

Graduate School of Education – Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, Leadership

EDUCATION

 

The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Doctor of Philosophy, 2012 | Master of Arts, 2009

Education – Culture, Curriculum, Change

Columbia College Chicago

Bachelor of Arts, 2005

Fiction Writing / Black World Studies

PRAXIS AREAS

 

Sociology of Education / Hill Model

Black Feminism

Critical Race Theory

Qualitative Inquiry
Radical Identity Praxis 

Black Writers

2016

We Can Speak for Ourselves: Parent Involvement of Black Mothers in Chicago

Author

2017

The Audre Lorde Dinners: An Ethnographic Study of Black mothers who care for communities and self

Principal

Investigator

2018

Blackgirl Gold Unapologetic, Inc. — NFP 

Founding Executive

Director

2019

Celebrating Twenty Years of Black Girlhood: The Lauryn Hill Reader

Sankofa Waters, Evans-Winters, Love (Eds.)

2020

Radical Identity Praxis, LLC

President

Praxis Overview

BOOKS

 

Sanchez, M. & Sankofa Waters, M. B. (Eds.). (2020). How we got here: The role of critical mentoring, love and teaching in preparing new generations of social justice scholars. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

 

Sankofa Waters, M. B, Evans-Winters, V., & Love, B. L. (Eds.). (2019). Celebrating twenty years of Black girlhood: The Lauryn Hill reader. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

 

Sankofa Waters, B. (2016). We can speak for ourselves: Parent involvement and ideologies of Black mothers in Chicago.  Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

 

Rhodes, B. (2002). Penetrated soul: somethingsihadtorelease. Chicago, IL: Onyx Roads Books.

 

 

COURSES TAUGHT [SELECTED]

 

Doctoral Seminar in Curriculum Leadership: Urban Education

Introduction to Doctoral Studies

Leadership for Social Justice

Research Design (Positionality and Theoretical Frameworks)

Social Justice and Educational Equity

 

INVITED KEYNOTES / DISCUSSIONS [SELECTED]

 

Sankofa Waters, M. B. (2021). Why’d You Show Up?: A CRT and Black Feminist Reflection on Praxis. Invited talk for Seattle Central College, Seattle, WA.

 

Sankofa Waters, M. B., Cutts, Q., Love, B., McArthur, S., Muhammad, G., & Sealey-Ruiz, Y. (2021). Abolitionist Teaching and Healing with the Dope Black Women Collective. Invited talk for the Office of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Washington, Tacoma, WA.

 

Cullors, P. M. Billye Sankofa Waters and Ashanté Samuels, Moderators (2020). The future of the movement: A moderated conversation about Black Lives Matter with co-founder Patrisse Cullors. Invited presentation of the Office of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Washington Tacoma, Tacoma, WA.

Sankofa Waters, M. B. (2019). Gwendolyn Brooks’ 50th Anniversary Keynote address conducted for the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS/SERVICE [SELECTED]

Radical Identity Praxis, LLC
President

 

Blackgirl Gold Unapologetic, Inc. — NFP

Founding Executive Director

 

American Educational Research Association 

2018–2021 Hip Hop Theories, Praxis & Pedagogies SIG Executive Board

 

National Women's Studies Association 

2018–2020 Governing Council

2015 Women of Color Leadership Project cohort

 

Western Journal of Black Studies

Editorial Board

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