Sister Resisters

Sister Resisters Mentoring Black Women on Campus

Janie Victoria Ward and Tracy L. Robinson-Wood
paper, 208 Pages
Pub. Date: April 2022
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-722-0
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Pub. Date: April 2022
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Sister Resisters advances a robust model of mentorship in support of young Black women on campus. The book offers a multifaceted approach to cross-racial mentoring in higher education that promises growth and change for both mentees and their mentors.


A foundational text to foster the supportive interracial relationships we have long needed in higher education and throughout society. With honest portrayals of failures and disappointments in these relationships, as well as of the shifts in consciousness and actions that lead to personal growth and institutional change for both students and mentors, this text compellingly demonstrates how its readers can enter into the ‘sisterhood of good trouble.’ — Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant, Louise R. Noun Chair in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies, Grinnell College

Ward and Robinson-Wood weave a poignant sociohistorical analysis of the ever-presence of white supremacy and patriarchy with empirical data and personal experience to skillfully illuminate the diversity and complexity of Black women and their relationships with white women on college campuses. Sister Resisters is a radical and practical mentoring guide that holds white women accountable for dismantling oppression and building spaces of liberation that are authentic, diverse, and inclusive. — Leoandra Onnie Rogers, assistant professor of psychology and director of the Development of Identities in Cultural Environments Lab, Northwestern University

This significant text is a reminder that informed mentoring is one of the most impactful processes in the university setting and collective resistance is an essential tool for combating white supremacy and racism. Anyone who works with, teaches, advises, or supports Black women on campus can greatly benefit from this book. — Ashley Coleman Taylor, assistant professor of religious studies and women’s and gender studies, University of Texas at Austin

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About the Authors

Janie Victoria Ward is professor emerita in the Departments of Education and Africana Studies at Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts. She holds a master’s degree in counseling and consulting psychology and a doctorate in human development from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Ward is a coeditor of Mapping the Moral Domain: A Contribution of Women’s Thinking to Psychological Theory and Research (Harvard University Press, 1988) with Carol Gilligan. With Tracy L. Robinson, Ward coedited a compilation of sixteen autobiographical statements written by African American, Caribbean, and Black Canadian college students entitled Souls Looking Back: Life Stories of Growing Up Black (Routledge, 1999). Ward’s book The Skin We’re In: Teaching Our Children to be Emotionally Strong, Socially Smart and Spiritually Connected (Fireside, 2000) focused on racial socialization in Black families.

For over thirty years, her professional work and research interests have centered on the developmental issues of African American adolescents, focusing on identity and moral development in African American girls and boys. Professor Ward continues to work with youth counselors, secondary school educators, college staff, and other practitioners in a variety of settings. 

Dr. Tracy Robinson-Wood is a professor of applied psychology at Northeastern University. Her research explores intersectionality and psychosocial identity. She and her intersectionality research team have examined microaggressions among highly educated BIPOC and White people who identify as LGBTQ, racial socialization messages among adult biracial people, and the psychological impact of viewing videos of interactions between police and civilians. The fifth edition of her textbook The Convergence of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender: Multiple Identities in Counseling was published in 2017.

A native of Sacramento, California, Dr. Robinson-Wood earned her bachelor of arts in psychology and communication arts from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. Her EdM and EdD are in human development and psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Robinson-Wood is a certified EMDR therapist and a licensed clinician both in Massachusetts and in New Hampshire. She resides with her husband, twin daughters, and lovebirds in NH.

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