Among her many publications in the pedagogy of social justice, Dena Samuels, PhD is an author of The Culturally Inclusive Educator: Preparing for a Multicultural World (Columbia University’s Teachers College Press, 2014), already in its second printing. She is also co-editor of the anthology, The Matrix Reader:Examining the Dynamics of Oppression and Privilege (McGraw-Hill, 2009), and author of Teaching Race, Gender, Class, and Sexuality (McGraw-Hill, 2009), a teaching guide that accompanies this volume.
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Transform Yourself,
Transform the World

 How can mindfulness change your life, and your impact on the world? In addition to challenging and dismantling systemic inequalities we are facing globally, we must also reflect on ourselves, our life’s purpose, and the effect our social identities have on us and on others. Unpacking our social conditioning and the systemic inequalities that frame society allows us to discover what might be keeping us from fulfilling our life’s potential and from deeply connecting with others. Building authentic relationships across cultural differences is an antidote to social injustice, provides us with a sense of belonging, and paves the way for a richer, more rewarding life. Using mindfulness practices, this book provides specific strategies for healing, empowerment, and social justice so that we can live our lives fully and freely, with intention, connection, excellence, innovation, and meaning.

The Culturally Inclusive Educator

The Culturally Inclusive Educator asks educators to consider what they can do differently to create a welcoming, inclusive, and exciting environment for the 21st century. Based on the author’s national research and consulting work, this book examines the discrepancy between the current educational cultural climate and the need for educators and their institutions to prepare for a growing multicultural population. It asks what constitutes effective preparation, and provides guidance on overcoming personal and institutional challenges to cultural inclusiveness (stereotype threat, microaggressions, colorblindness/identity-blindness, implicit bias, among others). Samuels begins with the challenges facing the higher education community and then offers 8 transformative steps to help build cultural inclusiveness that any educator teaching any subject can utilize to increase their effectiveness. Culturally inclusive leadership is highlighted as the model for educators and institutions to embrace to become successful in today’s world.

The Matrix Reader

The Matrix Reader promotes a commitment to an interdisciplinary approach to teaching race, class, gender, and sexuality. This approach introduces readers to core social identities and demonstrates how those identities are intersecting, multidimensional, and complex. Unlike most books of its kind, The Matrix Reader highlights the duality of privilege and oppression and the effects that race, class, gender, and sexuality have on our lives. This reader includes poems, reflective literary prose, overviews of key historical themes, discussion of particular historical events and documents, images drawn from the media, contemporary statistics of inequalities, visual images, and tools that empower readers to become agents for social change.

Teaching Race, Gender, Class and Sexuality: A Teaching Guide to Accompany the Matrix Reader

This teaching guide accompanies The Matrix Reader. It provides strategies for incorporating the topics of diversity and inclusiveness into the classroom, and includes techniques for managing emotions and encountering resistance.