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Sisters Inspiring Change in the latest Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities

By Nikki Yamashiro

“Sisters Inspiring Change” is the title and theme for the newest edition of the Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities (JELO), released by the Central Valley Afterschool Foundation. This issue of JELO was inspired by the White House Council on Women and Girls’ initiative, “Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color,” under former President Barack Obama. Created in partnership with the group Sisters Inspiring Change, this edition is dedicated to identifying challenges facing girls of color, exploring avenues that allow girls from marginalized communities to grow and reach their full potential, and highlighting perspectives of female leaders in California’s education field and Sisters Inspiring Change.


Focusing on efforts to bridge the gap between research and practice as it relates to afterschool and summer learning, this edition of the JELO includes articles on:

  • Research and Practitioner Dialogue: A Q&A with Dr. Maria del Pilar O’Cadiz, education director of the NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems at the University of California, Los Angeles and Annie Delgado, lead of the Lift While You Lead program at Merced Union High School and honored in September 2016 by the White House as a Champion of Change.
  • Opportunity Knocks, Will She Answer: Dispositions and Participation of Girls of Color in STEM Enrichment: Researchers from the University of North Texas examine the effect STEM dispositions of girls of color—including interest in STEM, STEM identity, and belief in the ability to succeed in STEM—has on their participation in STEM activities.
  • Defying Cultural Norms Launching Women’s Studies in the High School Setting: In this chapter by Annie Delgado—an excerpt from “Feminist Pedagogy, Practice and Activism: Improving Lives of Girls and Women”—she reviews her and her students’ journeys as she established, enhanced, and fought to keep the first women’s studies courses in the Merced Union High School District.
  • The Sisters’ Voices: Reflections on hopes and fears for girls and women of color from members of Sisters Inspiring Change, a group of 13 women of color who are leaders in the educational field in California.  

This edition speaks directly to the invaluable opportunities created in afterschool to make sure that all students have the supports in place that they need for future success. Stay tuned for an upcoming blog that will dive into the article, “Opportunity Knocks, Will She Answer: Dispositions and Participation of Girls of Color in STEM Enrichment.”

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