The lowdown on Daana & Dawn:
Daana is 37 years old, living in Milwaukee, WI. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Africology, a Master of Science in Cultural Foundations of Education, and is a PhD candidate in Social Foundations of Education, with a specialization in Sociology. She says that her PhD candidate status will likely be in perpetuity, as finishing her dissertation presents a unique set of challenges in combination with health issues.
She currently teaches Sociology part time at Milwaukee Area Technical College, and has been teaching college for 12 years at various colleges and universities throughout Wisconsin.
She loves James Baldwin, Black culture, being an Auntie, making playlists on Spotify, spreading her Black girl magic, lipstick and tattoos.
Dawn is a 42-year-old mother, living in the DC Metropolitan area. She has a BA in American Studies from SUNY Buffalo, and completed her graduate work in English as a Second Language at American University. In 2001, Dawn was on track to begin a PhD program; however, life got in the way and an MS diagnosis became the focus.
She was an elementary ESL teacher for fifteen years and now teaches ESL courses at Anne Arundel and Howard Community College on a part-time basis.
She loves being a mom to her son, yoga, transcendental meditation, foreign films, music, Black culture, and is currently completing her memoir about her life with MS.