Thursday, November 1, 2018

By Sara Nelson Photo By Mei-Ling Shaw Williams

Jemimah Young, an assistant professor of  Social Studies Education with a specialization in Multicultural & Urban Education, wants to transform understandings regarding achievement and educational outcomes for marginalized and minorized populations, with a specific focus on black women and girls. 

Young’s research centers on the achievement of black girls. Her work is categorized in what she refers to as the Five Pillars of Excellence in Promoting Success for Black Women and Girls, which include performance trends, pedagogy, policy, programs, and positionality. Young aims to help educators, teacher educators, and educational stakeholders be more strategic in identifying and affirming the academic strengths of black women and girls. 

“I hope that I can bring new perspectives, creative ways of thinking, and ways to (re)imagine the intersectional complexities of our own diversity, as well as those of others,” Young says. 

Young earned her doctorate from Texas A&M University in Curriculum & Instruction in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture. 

“I’m excited to be part of a synergetic community of scholars and teacher educators, to have a greater imprint in the field, and to shape educational discourse those most underserved and underrepresented.” Young says.