The work of SisterMentors centers around the needs and dreams of women and girls of color in the education system in the face of deep-seated institutional inequities. For girls and young women, they help fulfill the dream of a college degree —and beyond. For women, they create and implement strategies of survival to combat the isms (racism, sexism, classism, colorism) and phobias (homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia) which threaten to push them out of their doctoral programs and the academy. SisterMentors help to advance the larger movement for equity and justice for people of color and other marginalized communities. During the past 20 plus years, they have helped over 95 women of color to earn higher education degrees including Ph.Ds. in Math, Science and Economics. Their overarching goal is to help women and girls of color live in freedom and dignity and to pass this on to the next generation.
Learn more here: http://www.sistermentors.org/
Dr. Shireen Lewis is the Executive Director of EduSeed and Founder of EduSeed’s SisterMentors program. She has devoted over 20 years to mentoring and coaching women and girls. Dr. Lewis has received many awards for her work, including honorary degrees from Rutgers University and Hollins University, a Women Making a Powerful Difference Award from Ebony magazine and Pine Sol, and the Honorable Annice M. Wagner Pioneer Award from the Bar Association of the District of Columbia. Dr. Lewis’ scholarship and teaching are in Francophone West African and Caribbean literature. Her book titled, Race, Culture and Identity: Francophone West African and Caribbean Literature and Theory from Négritude to Créolité (Lexington Books, 2006), is the first comprehensive study of the relationship between Négritude, Antillanité and Créolité. Dr. Lewis has taught at several universities, including as Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia. Dr. Lewis earned her Ph.D. in French Literature from Duke University and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Dr. Lewis is a certified yoga teacher and a certified stress management specialist. She has a daily practice of yoga and meditation, and is part of the sangha at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville in Buckingham, Virginia.
This program will take place by Zoom. Registration is required. After registering, you will be e-mailed the link to join this Zoom meeting. A Zoom account is not required, but a microphone is required if you want to participate in the interactive portion of this program.
If you have questions about the program or need help with set up, please reach out to Caroline at firstname.lastname@example.org.