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Perspective | Supporting BIPOC women in the classroom: Profound Ladies


“The future that I dream of, maybe because I am a mom, [is that] I want students to be positioned to have the world at their fingertips. I want my sons to be able to leave the house and make it home without being traumatized, without being profiled, singled out, or othered wherever they are.

I want to be able to make sure that my little hummingbirds can leave the nest and I feel confident that they’ll return home with no doubt about it. I don’t want to be sick everytime they leave the house or worry about the messages that will be written on them from outside forces.”

As the founder of Profound Ladies, North Carolina’s newest women of color educator advocacy organization, I shared this profound vision on a recent episode of the Hummingbird Stories podcast.

It is ultimately this vision that drives my work to take on one of education’s biggest crisis: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) teacher recruitment and retention.

To be clear, teacher recruitment and retention in general is a system-wide crisis: Enrollment in traditional education programs and the number of teacher credentials issued each year has dropped significantly.

The problem […]

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