Posted in On The Radar

On The Radar-Dr. G’s Upcoming Events

So a sista has been on the grind, making moves and progress, and feeling real good about life! And with being on the grind, I have a few exciting events to prepare for in the coming days!!

Check out some of my upcoming events below:

  • Friday, April 9th: “Alumni Art Talk” …Centennial High School (Champaign, IL) [My old high school :-)]
  • Sunday, April 11th: “‘I Am’: Black Feminist Futures and Possibilities in the Academy” (Invited Panelist)...AERA Presidential Sessions-2021 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Virtual Annual Meeting

“Name it, where do you want to be, who do you want to be? Name it, name it!”~ Beyond C’est

Using Misha Green’s story of Hippolyta Freeman from the “I Am” episode of HBO’s Lovecraft Country as a jumping point, this panel explores educational responsibility through a deeper understanding of Black womyn navigating the academy using afro-futurist, Black feminist, and critical race feminist lenses. Panelists grapple with themes from across their work (i.e., educational law, inquiry and methodology, the professoriate, and pop culture) to discuss possibilities where Black womyn not only survive, but thrive and craft spaces of liberation and freedom in and beyond neoliberal educational spaces happy to benefit from their myriad contributions while simultaneously devaluing their humanity.

[Session Participants: Chair: Natasha N. Croom (Clemson University); Participants: Venus E. Evans-Winters (Independent Scholar); Grace Gipson (Virginia Commonwealth University); Treva Lindsey (The Ohio State University); Esther Oganda Ohito (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill); Lawanda Ward (The Pennsylvania State University)]

  • Monday, April 12th: “Re-Writing the Script: Black Imaginings of Trauma, Politics, and Pop Culture” (Series Speaker)…The Center for Literary Studies (CLS)-University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK)

Let’s just say I am super siked about these upcoming events. Whether it is sharing the stage with scholars that you admire and respect, giving back to your community, or just simply geeking out, the above events will definitely be one’s to remember!! It’s always exciting to be in one’s element and engage in material that you are passionate about, especially in today’s society!

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Posted in A Professor's Thoughts...

A Professor’s Thoughts…

“Distinguished Alumni”

Guess what??!! I got some exciting news to share with you guys!!

So a couple of weeks ago I get a call from a “217” phone number, I immediately recognized the number as it is from my hometown of Champaign, IL. Fast forward a few seconds, and I would learn that not only had I been nominated but also selected for one of the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation (CUSF)-2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards (Centennial High School)! Let me tell you my whole day, week, month was made with that one phone call. I had no idea that I would even be considered for such an honor, growing up in Champaign, IL was not always full of “roses and cherries.” Not everyone was supportive, many said my goals were too high, I was too ambitious, or that I should re-consider my career path. This type of language can be very dangerous, detrimental, and have adverse effects on a young high school student. Thankfully, this would not sway or discourage me. And fortunately, there were many teachers who motivated, pushed my thinking, served as a mentor, and reminded me of my full potential.

According to the CUSF site, The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognizes “graduates whose achievements, strength of character, and citizenship serve as role models to inspire and challenge today’s youth.” Moreover, knowing that I received this award, confirms all the hard work, dedication, and that it was worth taking a different, unique and creative path. I do hope that the work I do inspires not just the youth of Champaign-Urbana, but any young person who wants to be great!! And knowing that I am joining such alums as Olympians Bonnie Blair and Nancy Thies Marshall, Trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater, Attorney & Miss America Erika Harold, Film critic and Journalist Roger Ebert among many others, I am truly honored to be a part of an esteemed cadre of leaders.

It will be 22 years this June 1st since graduating from Centennial High School (Class of 1999), and I can still remember walking the halls, sitting in the classrooms, playing on the basketball court.

Graduation Day and Senior Picture

Ahhhh good ol’ Champaign…Thank you for the memories, you are MAJOR part of who I am today….There is no Dr. Grace D. Gipson, PhD without Champaign or Centennial High School!

For more information on the award and my feature see here!!

~Dr. G