The GMA Inspiration List: Who's making Black history in 2021? Maisha Winn
Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts nominates Maisha T. Winn
Maisha T. Winn is the Chancellor’s Leadership Professor, and the co-founder and co-director of the Transformative Justice in Education Center (TJE) in the School of Education at the University of California, Davis. Professor Winn’s research examines the ways teachers and adult allies for youth practice “justice” in the teaching of literacy.
I admire Dr. Winn because of her dedication to Black American students who are systematically locked out of opportunities in which they can thrive and not just survive. Dr. Winn's accomplishments deserve a space in American history books because of the nuanced ways she positions the multiple literacies that Black Americans have gained because of the obstacles we constantly transcend. As a Black woman who holds a Ph.D., Maisha is dedicated to reimagining what leadership looks like and what counts as literacy when we think about the greater context of what Black Americans have endured and overcome across the United States.