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Indira Bailey Award-Winning Essay

Indira Bailey

Indira Bailey, Ph.D. candidate in Penn State School of Visual Arts' Art Education program, placed first in the Terry Kershaw Student Essay Competition for the National Council of Black Studies (NCBS) for her essay “Teaching While Black: The Construction of Race, Class, and Gender.” This essay is an autoethnography of Bailey’s lived experience of grappling with race, class, and gender working as a high school art teacher. As the first place winner, Bailey’s essay will be published in the NCBS journal, International Journal of Africana Studies. Bailey received her award on March 9 in Houston, Texas.

“I am proud of Indira,” said Professor B. Stephen Carpenter, II. “This award from NCBS recognizes Indira’s critical and reflective scholarship about her own lived experiences as a woman of color and an art educator. Her important scholarship on race, gender, and class focuses on key elements of identity, which are often overlooked and under-theorized within teacher preparation programs, and the professional development experiences of practitioners. Indira’s first-hand account adds much-needed insight into the complexities of what is known, shared, and examined about the lived experiences of artists and educators of color in the United States.”

The essay competition was named after Dr. Terry Kershaw, a leading scholar in the field of Africana studies. He influenced the foundation and methodology of Black studies and laid the groundwork for future scholarship. The National Council for Black Studies is the leading organization of Black studies professionals in the world. For 40 years its members have been at the forefront of driving the development of Black/Africana studies as an academic discipline. The guiding philosophy is that education should engender both academic excellence and social responsibility.

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