Summit 2018

Past Faculty Facilitators

Dr. LaWanda M. Simpkins, earned her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in Cultural Studies of Education. She also has a certificate in Women’s & Gender Studies from UNCG. Simpkins research focuses on dominant norms; more specifically, how these norms affect minority populations in the United States. Inspired by Freire, she utilizes a radical facilitation approach to education with the true belief that education can be used as a form of liberation to free people from their internalized oppressions.

Dr. Dan Hubbard, who prefers to be called “Hubz”, was born to a life of social activism. From a refugee Mom who was one of the first Black Apple Volunteers to serve in the Teacher Corps, he inherited a fierce egalitarianism and intense curiosity. From a Dad who escaped the bondage of poverty through sheer grit and hard work, he has a visceral distaste for the utter corruption of crony capitalism, and a suspicion of authority, no matter what its label. Having worked as everything from patent examiner to auditor, Hubz is currently an associate professor of Historical Preservation, and is also laboring hard for the liberation of Catalunya, whose people are seeking to escape over 300 years of vicious colonial misrule by the Kingdom of Spain. As the originator of the #BorbonBoycott, he welcomes any of you who wish to join the Smiling Revolution, the methods of which he will be discussing in his workshops today.

Dr. Laura Wilson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Science. She is also the Director of UMW’s Safe Zone which is an education and advocacy program geared toward fostering inclusion of the LGBTQ+ population. She earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Virginia Tech, a Masters of Art in General and Experimental Psychology from The College of William & Mary, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Tech. Dr. Wilson’s main area of research and clinical expertise is post-trauma functioning, particularly in survivors of sexual violence or mass trauma.

Dr. Krystyn Moon is a professor of history and director of the American Studies Program here at UMW. Her teaching and research include race and ethnic studies, immigration, gender and sexuality, and popular culture. Funded by the Christopher Reynolds Foundation, she is currently collaborating with scholars from UNC-Asheville and the Juan Marinello Institute to explore the impact of the opening of diplomatic relations on Cuban foodways and tourism. Dr. Moon is the author of Yellowface: Creating of the Chinese in American Popular Music and Performance, 1850s-1920s, and several articles, essays, reviews, and blogs.

Dr. Erin Krutko Devlin joined the UMW faculty in 2016 after teaching undergraduate and graduate-level public history at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She earned her PhD in American Studies at the College of William and Mary. Her work focuses on race, public memory, and social justice, and she offers courses in both History and American Studies, including a class called American Protest that will be offered this fall. Her book Remember Little Rock was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2017, and examines the persistence of racial inequity in American schools. She is currently working on a historic resource study with the National Park Service focused on segregation and African American visitation in Virginia’s national parks during the 20th century.

Dr. Danny Tweedy is an Associate Professor of English in the English, Linguistics, and Communication program here at UMW. He graduated from VMI with a Bachelor’s in English. He completed his Masters Degree at the University of Kentucky in American and African American Literature and his PhD at the University of Kentucky in 19th and 20th century African American Literature in 2006. His focus and areas of interests continue to be Trauma, Race, and the Politics of Identity.

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