M. Billye Sankofa Waters, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
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Chicago native M. Billye Sankofa Waters, Ph.D. began her career in Education in 1996 with the 10,000 Tutors program for the Chicago Public Schools. This deepened her interdisciplinary journey into Sociology of Education, Black Feminism, critical race theory, abolitionist teaching and qualitative inquiry. Her work consistently examines and elevates the holistic well-being of Blackgirls and Black families. She most recently authored We Can Speak for Ourselves: Parent Involvement and Ideologies of Black Mothers in Chicago (2016), and co-edited Celebrating Twenty Years of Black Girlhood: The Lauryn Hill Reader (with Bettina L. Love & Venus Evans-Winters, 2019). Her current project, The Audre Lorde Dinners examines self-care practices of Blackwomen who serve as community othermothers and activists.
Sankofa Waters is the Founding Executive Director of Blackgirl Gold Unapologetic, Inc – a non-profit charity that build opportunities for Blackgirls to operate in their respective gifts through writing, funding, and connecting.
Read full bio @ www.blackgirlgold.org/billye