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This is me
EDUCATOR. POET. ACTIVIST. INTERRUPTER.
Welcome! I'm Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz (Ph.D., New York University), Associate Professor of English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. At TC, I am founder and faculty sponsor of the Racial Literacy Roundtables Series and also co-founder of the Teachers College Civic Participation Project.
Throughout my website, I share my own work, which mainly focuses on racial literacy and The Archeology of the Self. I have explored racial literacy as a lens in teacher education, community colleges, and K-12 contexts, as well as in the development of racial literacy amongst high school students.
I self-define racial literacy in education as a practice and skill in which students probe the existence of racism, and examine the effects of race and other social constructs and institutionalized systems which affect their lived experiences and representation in U.S. society. Furthermore, in my research with teachers and English Education students, I found that moves toward deeper racial literacy development can be achieved first through what I am currently theorizing as an "Archeology of the Self" - the self exploration, examination, and understanding of where issues of race and racism live within.
More information on my research and work on racial literacy and The Archeology of the Self can be found in the webpages above.
Peace Has Arrived!
Documenting my last moments in the Vortex, The Peace Chronicles moves from a searing betrayal by Tyrone (Love from the Vortex & Other Poems) to my equanimity with it. These poems also record my peacemaking with my father, the tireless work of my ancestors, and celebrates the freedom that brings me tranquility, contentment and joy.
With beautiful endorsements by the amazing Mahogany L. Browne, Rio Cortez, Adam Falkner, Micah Bournes & Amelia Simone, my sophomore collection asks the questions: How can we learn from pain that grips us tightly? Where does love go to be laid to rest and when it rises again, do we name it resurrection, awakening, or reimagining?
"These poems are psalms and serve as brilliant beams to bring her readers safely home." - Mahogany L. Browne, Author of Chlorine Sky
"a remarkable journey through healing and revelation. Dazzling lyrical meditations that leave the reader breathless." - Rio Cortez, New York Times Bestselling Author of The ABCs of Black History
"a live wire scraped open by love. These poems shine.'" - Adam Falkner, PhD, Author of "The Willies"