Mary Alfred is Professor of Adult Education in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at Texas A&M University. She is the Executive Director of the Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning (TCALL), the statewide professional development and resource center for adult and literacy education providers in the state of Texas. Her research interests include women of color in STEM, international adult education, sociocultural contexts of immigration and adult learning, social welfare and economic disparities among low-income and low-literate adults, and issues of diversity and equity in higher education and in the workplace. She received her Ph.D. in Education Administration with a focus in Adult Education and Human Resource Development Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin.
Books by Mary Alfred:
A Paradise to Regain: Post-Obama Insights from Women Educators of the Black Diaspora seeks to avert the likelihood of erasure of President Barack Obama’s legacy of hope and possibility that every child, regardless of race, faith, and gender affiliation, can dream big and live to see his/her dream turn into reality. As women educators of color, we all agree that the socio-political climate prevailing in the United States of America, since the aftermath of the 2016 election, requires unprecedented agency. The book provides space for Black women educators–African Americans, Naturalized Black Americans, and Foreign-born Blacks from Africa, the Caribbean Islands and South America (e.g., Guyana)–to have a candid conversation with their young children—sons and daughters, nephews and nieces—about the roadblocks they are likely to face as minority youth of color in their pursuit of greatness and the reminder that they have a role model in President Obama to look up to in moments of extreme frustration and exasperation. Voices of engaged educators of color are indispensable to make sure that children understand that that despite a-360-degree turn from eight consecutive years of a reassuring message that “change had come”, that paradise had been gained, into the threatening message of “making America white again”, we count on them to regain the paradise.
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