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Kamille Gentles Peart, Chair
Dr. Kamille Gentles-Peart is an Assistant Professor of Global Communication at Roger Williams University. She is a first-generation immigrant, born and raised in Jamaica, W.I. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her scholarship addresses how cultural identities and subjectivities inform intercultural and mediated communication practices. Her current research explores how West Indian immigrant women in the U.S. engage with mainstream U.S. media, and how it informs the construction of their identity. Her most recent publication, an edited volume titled Re-Constructing Place and Space: Media, Power, and Identity in the Constitution of Caribbean Diasporas, was awarded the Outstanding Book Award from the African American Communication and Culture Division of the National Communication Association.
Sheri K. Lewis
Sheri K. Lewis is a native of Chicago’s South side. Remaining committed to producing culturally relevant scholarship she studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in Gender and Women Studies and is currently a doctoral candidate in Educational Policy Studies and Organizational Leadership. Her research focuses on the cross cultural relationship between black girlhood and popular culture and the ways in which black girls craft identity particularly in Chicago and Barbados. For several years has co organized spaces for youth and women of color focusing on reproductive justice, Hip Hop, intersectionality and love pedagogies. She dreams of a Black girl utopia as she creatively works to facilitate pedagogical spaces promoting imagination, critical thinking, and identity politics. Sheri is a firm believer in speaking truth to power and remains motivated in demonstrating the social, cultural and political power within Black girlhood.