From Vortex to Peace: Poetry as a Pathway of Resistance
In this presentation, Yolanda will discuss the writing of two full-length books of poetry as a way to deal with pain and joy and journey to self-love, and affirm her love of equity and her ancestors’ legacy.
Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz is an award-winning associate professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research focuses on racial literacy in teacher education, Black girl literacies, and Black and Latinx male high school students. A sought-after speaker on issues of race, culturally responsive pedagogy, and diversity, Sealey-Ruiz works with K-12 and higher education school communities to increase their racial literacy knowledge and move toward more equitable school experiences for their Black and Latinx students. Sealey-Ruiz appeared in Spike Lee’s “2 Fists Up: We Gon’ Be Alright”, a documentary about the Black Lives Matter movement and the campus protests at Mizzou. Her co-authored book (with Dr. Detra Price-Dennis] Advancing Racial Literacies in Teacher Education: Toward Activism for Equity in Digital Spaces was published in May 2021, and her first full-length collection of poetry Love from the Vortex & Other Poems (Kaleidoscope Vibrations LLC) was published in March 2021. Her sophomore book of poetry, The Peace Chronicles was released in July 2021.
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