Tashera Bolds, Doctoral Student
As the Graduate Student Committee Co-Chair of AERA Division C: Learning and Instruction, Tashera Bolds created and chaired a session titled, “Public Scholarship through Community Engagement: A Landscape for Educational Equity, Opportunity, and Access.” The session highlighted scholars whose innovative work emphasized engaged public scholarship. From homeschooling within today’s socio-political contexts, to empowering out-of-school interventions, to community partners threading students, parents, and organizations with public school systems, and even the critical use of hip-hop culture within urban communities, their scholarship bridged the research and civic communities. Further, it epitomized the value in situating scholarship within the context of youth’s lived experience and emphasized the importance of creating spaces for youth to realize the depth of their potential. The panel showcased how equitable educational outcomes can become possibilities when opportunities and access are made available through community engagement. Tashera was excited that the session was well received by the audience. She intends to continue to collaborate on future endeavors with the scholars who presented in this session.
Tashera successfully defended her dissertation on April 7, 2017. Congratulations to Dr. Bolds!