The Doctor is in.
Dr. Cynthia Alease Smith is an anti-racism/anti-white supremacy educator and essayist, writer, novelist, and editor, specializing in essays and presentations with various perspectives on Race, Race as Color, Race as Character, White Supremacy, and Racism. She offers deeper, more critical perspectives on these subjects, including the potential implications of racialized wording in the U.S. English language lexicon that are not ordinarily considered. In addition, Dr. Smith writes and assists other authors with memoirs, occasional ghostwriting and coaching for aspiring writers and authors.
Dr. Smith’s writing includes a novel, “The Gatekeeper,” a fictional story dealing with the struggles of multiple personalities, published in 2009, “With Eyes from Both Sides,” a true life story of Philadelphia’s most prolific gangster queen, Thelma Wright, published in 2011, “The Fosters,” a novel dealing with the lives of children raised in foster care, published in 2013. In 2020, she published, “White Supremacy and the Post-Racial Color Blind Era – Exploring Visible and Invisible Whiteness in the United States, a historical look at a period in the United States when Whiteness disappeared and was replaced with a retooled definition of Racism, and in 2021, Dr. Smith published her 2018 doctoral dissertation, "Writing While Black: Exploring Perceptions of African American Writing in the 21st Century," in paperback.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology, summa cum laude, with honors from Kaplan University, (now Purdue University Global), Davenport, Iowa, and is a member of the Epsilon Delta Pi National Honor Society for Computer Sciences, National Scholars and Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Societies. She also holds a Master of Arts in Writing Studies, summa cum laude, from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Alpha Epsilon Lambda National Honor Society for Graduate Students. She received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership, summa cum laude, from Gwynedd Mercy University, Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania.
Since her retirement, Dr. Smith enjoys educating others by writing thought provoking essays for her website and creating presentations and video essays on her YouTube Channel called, “Dr. Cynthia Alease Smith, ‘The Doctor is in’,” Dr. Smith is presently a Race and Culture Essayist for The Baldwin on Medium.
Dr. Smith is married with three adult children and five grandchildren.
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Patricia (Pat) Nelson has been using her voice to ensure that all voices are heard. Through working with various groups and organizations such as the Racial Equity Initiative of PFund (LGBTQ), KFAI - Fresh Air Radio, Rainbow Health Initiative, Community Health Project (NY), Training for Change (PA); and having served on the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission and the League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions, she continues to reach wider audiences.
Pat is the owner/principal of NelsonWorks, LLC, a business that provides computer support for homes and small offices. She has also served as a health care and an academic administrator. She has expertise in consensus and team building, including facilitation with diverse populations. She is currently serving on the Boards of Hennepin Healthcare Patient Partner Circle, and UCare, a non-profit health care insurer. Pat is also a licensed Amateur Radio person (aka a “ham”, call letters KE0QXD), serving as an Area Director of OMIK (primarily for African American hams), and is a member of RARA (Queer Amateur Radio hams).
After years of struggling to write creatively, Pat discovered the Haiku format. Through the work of mentors Bill Cottman and Clark Strand, she continues to utilize Haiku as an ideal outlet for creativity and self-expression.
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