The Sankofa Lecture Series was established to create a forum for thought-provoking diversity and inclusion themed presentations on current hot topics led by guest scholars, authors and researchers within academia and in the greater society. The meaning of the word Sankofa asks that we embrace our past in order to achieve a rewarding future. The series creates a platform for diverse perspectives and ideas to be shared and discussed in open and vibrant community dialogue on critical issues related to race, gender, sexuality and intersectionality.
Dr. Janine de Novais is a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and beginning fall 2018, she will be an assistant professor at the University of Delaware School of Education. Her work sits at the intersection of race, culture, democracy and education. In a recent study, de Novais introduces "Brave Community," a theory about the relationship between classroom culture and meaningful learning about race. In 2016, de Novais was one of nine scholars honored by the American Educational Research Association as “Promising Minority Scholars” and an NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Semi-Finalist. She has served on the Editorial Board of the "Harvard Educational Review" (2012-2014), and on the Dean's Advisory Committee for Equity and Diversity at HGSE (2014-2015). Before coming to Harvard, de Novais was associate director of Columbia University's Center for the Core Curriculum. She received her doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2017 and her B.A. in sociology from Columbia University.