Ph.D., The University of Pennsylvania
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Alice Lesnick is Term Professor of Education and the Director in the Bryn Mawr/Haverford Education Program, and Associate Dean for Global Engagement at Bryn Mawr College. A literacy scholar long interested in community-based learning, Alice's current research focuses on how to bridge the insights of individual mentoring with institutional change. Alice has created and teaches a broad range of courses at the College, where she is entering her 24th year. She is also honored to be part of the Staff and Faculty Liaison Group, workplace advisors who serve colleagues encountering conflict. A former preschool, elementary, middle, and high school teacher, Alice is the recipient of the Rosalyn R. Schwartz Teaching Award at Bryn Mawr as well as senior faculty associate/teacher development facilitator with the Institute for Writing and Thinking. Alice is also Founding Director, since 2013, of the Lagim Tehi Tuma/Thinking Together Program in Northern Ghana, through which Bryn Mawr and Haverford students and Ghanaian university students join with community mentors in education-focused internships with an early education NGO, a community radio station, a technology training center, and a Black is Beautiful project interrogating the skin lightening industry. Through these internships, language learning, inquiry-based research, shared reading and reflection, and student-led committees, program participants engage Black study and Black studies to rethink education recognizing colonial pasts and moving towards just futures.