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    Branching Out and Coming Back Together

    Exploring the Undergraduate Experiences of Young Black Women: A Conversation with Victoria James, Imani Marrero, and Darleen Underwood

    Chantal Francois
    In January of 2010, Harvard Educational Review editor Chantal Francois sat down at a Manhattan diner with three young black women, two of whom were her former students at a New York City high school. Chantal invited the women to come together and share their experiences as freshmen at predominantly white institutions along the East Coast. While each of these young women drew largely from her own experiences transitioning into different college settings, each highlights themes from both Fordham’s and Kynard’s research—including the emotional stress that being confined by labels can cause and the importance of finding a cipher from which to draw strength. In this conversation, the women shed the layers they typically don in white educational settings, instead creating a space where they can be real, find comfort, and speak from the core. What’s more, their stories echo the themes of talking black, talking back, fictive kinship, and complicity, which Iris Carter Ford’s commentary describes as central to conversations about black women in America today. From Victoria, Imani, and Darleen, we hear firsthand accounts of the commitment to struggle and the communal strength that continue to exist in the sacred spaces carved out by young black women in American educational institutions.

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    Spring 2010 Issue

    Abstracts

    Symposium
    Black Women on Education: Complicating Identity and Negotiating Kinship
    Passin’ for Black
    Race, Identity, and Bone Memory in Postracial America
    Signithia Fordham
    From Candy Girls to Cyber Sista-Cipher
    Narrating Black Females’ Color-Consciousness and Counterstories in and out of School
    Carmen Kynard
    Postrace
    Every Good-bye Ain’t Gone
    Iris Carter Ford
    Branching Out and Coming Back Together
    Exploring the Undergraduate Experiences of Young Black Women: A Conversation with Victoria James, Imani Marrero, and Darleen Underwood
    Chantal Francois
    Teaching That Breaks Your Heart
    Reflections on the Soul Wounds of a First-Year Latina Teacher
    Juan F. Carrillo
    Toward a Sexual Ethics Curriculum
    Bringing Philosophy and Society to Bear on Individual Development
    Sharon Lamb
    Unfair Treatment?
    The Case of Freedle, the SAT, and the Standardization Approach to Differential Item Functioning
    Maria Veronica Santelices and Mark Wilson

    Book Notes

    Straightlaced
    by Debra Chasnoff (director, producer) and Sue Chen (producer)

    How It’s Being Done
    by Karin Chenoweth

    Preschool in Three Cultures Revisited
    by Joseph Tobin, Yeh Hsueh, and Mayumi Karasawa