Jennifer Wilmot: "From Criminalized Black Girlhood to Black Warrior Womxnhood: An Autoethnography of Education"
Jennifer M. Wilmot is a 3rd year PhD student at the University of Kansas in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Born and raised in West Philadelphia and a proud product of its public schools, Jennifer’s research is grounded in helping Black students, their families, and their communities, find their own power in the urban school experience and speaking truth to it.
"From Criminalized Black Girlhood to Black Warrior Womxnhood: An Autoethnography of Education"
Black girls make up approximately 16% of the total school population in America, but account for 12% of all out-of-school suspensions and 42% of expulsions. They are also six times more likely to to be suspended and expelled from school than their white female counterparts. This presentation explores this lived experience of being “pushed out” of school and the impact it has on the educational trajectory of Black girls into Black womxnhood. Relying on a critical race theory framework, this discussion identifies the shifts that are part and parcel of transforming from criminalized Black girlhood to “Black warrior womxnhood” all within the education landscape.