Dr. Venus Evans-Winters (a.k.a Dr. V) is an activist scholar, author, and cultural worker.
Dr. Venus Evans-Winters is an Associate Professor of Educational Administration and Foundations at Illinois State University. She is also faculty affiliate in Women & Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies. Dr. Evans-Winters researches and teaches in the areas of social and cultural foundations of education, Black feminist thought, critical race theory, educational policy, and qualitative inquiry. With years of experience as a psychotherapist, and as a certified clinical trauma professional, Dr. Evans-Winters embraces resilience-building practices throughout her work. She is also a licensed school social worker and youth advocate with experience serving in South Africa and West Africa and participating in critical pedagogue (Paulo Freire) institutes across Europe, including Malta, Greece, and Spain. As an activist scholar, her life work consists of documenting the lived experiences of girls and women and "bearing witness" to the struggles and resilience of youth of color in the United States and abroad. This President Obama White House invitee to a "Special Convening on Research on Women and Girls", published the second edition of her book "Teaching Black Girls: Resiliency in Urban Classrooms" in 2011, which discusses the intersections of race, class, and gender in educational research, policy, and praxis. Dr. Evans-Winters is the author or co-author of several academic articles, book chapters, and books, including "(Re)Teaching Trayvon: Education for Racial Justice and Human Freedom" and "Black Feminism in Education: Black Women Speak Back, Up, and Out." In her spare time, "DrV" enjoys social media, reality television, and pretending to be a runner.
Where in the World is Dr. V?! Much Appreciation to Institutions that have Invited me in the Past