Who We Are: Sana Bell

sana bellMy interests in race/racism, politics, public policy, social norms/perceptions, law, and Black liberation have transformed into a passion for African-Centered Education, Critical Legal Theory, Critical Pedagogy, Critical Race Theory, Curriculum Theory, and Urban Education. These interests have led me to fields of study that allows me to pursue more than one interest and take part in a lifelong interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary journey. Each of my courses has helped me expand on my interests through deeper exploration and critical analysis of the connection between society, power, and education, which provide the foundation for my next steps academically and professionally. Out of the courses I have taken so far, three of them are key for the remainder of my academic journey at DePaul and increases my admiration for African-Centered Education.

From wanting to understand how politics and policies affect racial identities and ideologies to critical theories on race and education, the remainder of my program will focus on the role education plays in perpetuation society’s social constructions, castes, and oppressions. The remainder of my program is also final preparation for doctoral study in education, by pursuing more opportunities for research and writing.  This includes taking more courses in Social and Cultural Studies in Education and Human Development. I hope to complete the program with a thesis.  My research focus will continue to uncover the societal impacts on education and remain vocal of the importance of anti-oppressive African-Centered curriculum for African American students.

Start your self-constructed educational journey today by contacting the DePaul MALS/IDS program.

DePaul ASK Mentorship Opportunity

The ASK network connects DePaul students and graduates with alumni to explore college and professional transitions, life challenges, and university and career questions.

You can gain exclusive first access to DePaul’s new mentorship community.

The Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) network is launching a new mentorship platform

The platform will connect you with DePaul alumni who have been in your shoes. Connect with at least 3 mentors this week.

When you join as a Student, you will be able to:

* Expand your DePaul community

* Connect with alumni in your city or industry of interest

* Establish short-term or long-term mentorships with alumni

* Learn about and apply for internships and jobs

* Access educational/career resources and discussions

It just takes a couple minutes to register. 

Visit here to learn more about how the program works.

“Crystal Queer” – Indiana University’s Comparative Literature Graduate Conference

Indiana University’s Comparative Literature Graduate Conference, “Crystal Queer”

The Department of Comparative Literature at Indiana University is pleased to announce the Second Annual Comparative Literature Graduate Conference, titled “Crystal Queer.”

The conference will be held on Friday, April 1 through Saturday, April 2nd in Bloomington, Indiana. 300 word abstracts are due by January 30th, and can be sent to complit.iu@gamil.com. The attached call for papers provides further information.

MALS/IDS Community Conference Opportunity: Land Ethics Conference

The Land Ethics Conference is looking for presenters who want to share their experiences working with and engaging with their interdisciplinary thinking communities.
The conference takes place in Baraboo, Wisconsin on August 12-15, and you are also invited to be a presenter!
Presentation proposals are due May 1st, 2015.

Building A Land Ethic: A Conference About Teaching and Learning Across Boundaries will be a unique professional development opportunity that will convene people from diverse professional and personal backgrounds who share the common goal of wanting to both understand and apply Leopold’s land ethic concept to their work.

Proposals are being sought for the following conference tracks:

Concurrent Track #1: Engaging Thinking Communities
Presentations in this track will focus on how leaders have created opportunities for dialog and engagement with Leopold’s ideas among various audiences, exploring conversations about how we both understand and apply the land ethic in a wide variety of settings, from college campuses to conservation organizations to local communities.

Concurrent Track #2: Land Ethic Youth Education
Thousands of educators nationwide are using the Leopold Education Project curriculum and other innovative tools to connect young people with nature and introduce them to Leopold’s ideas. This track highlights K-12 teachers and non-formal educators who will share ideas on how they have worked to instill a land ethic with the next generation.

Concurrent Track #3: Working Toward Land Health
Ambassadors for Leopold’s land ethic do not always work directly in an education or outreach capacity, but people who own or manage land have many lessons to share with the larger conservation community. Presentations in this track will highlight conservation partnerships and projects that have helped improve the health of the land.

Concurrent Track #4: The Art of Leopold
Leopold’s life defies easy categorization. He was an educator, forester, and dedicated wilderness advocate. He was also a gifted writer and illustrator. Art has the ability to communicate with the public in ways that words cannot by challenging one’s perceptions of the surrounding world. This track will invite artists and artisans of all kinds to share how Leopold’s ideas have been an inspiration for their creative passions.

Concurrent Track #5: The Science of Leopold
This track will highlight individuals who are carrying the scientific tradition of Leopold forward in their research and work. From the practice of phenological record keeping to the science of ecology, a wide range of conservation professionals from many disciplines are building further understanding of the complex entity that Leopold called “the land mechanism.”

For more information about the conference please visit the website:

To access the presentation proposal form directly, click here.
Presentation Proposals are due May 1st.
Please contact anna@aldoleopold.org with any questions!