Magazine article Radical Teacher

In Memory Shafali Lal, Radical Teacher Board Member

Magazine article Radical Teacher

In Memory Shafali Lal, Radical Teacher Board Member

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Radical Teacher mourns the death of board member Shafali Lal, who took her own life on July 17, 2003. She was 32. At the time of her death, Shafali was an assistant professor of history at Vanderbilt University and was editing an issue of Radical Teacher on race and education.

Shafali joined the board in 1999. She had worked as an elementary school teacher at the University School of Nashville, as Director of Multicultural Affairs at the Yale School of Medicine, as an American Studies graduate student and teaching assistant at Yale University; and as a staff organizer for the Graduate Employees and Students Organization at Yale. As a progressive intellectual and teacher, she worked to understand and support children and young adults in their struggles to form positive racial, sexual and class identities in educational institutions often more interested in propelling students towards prescribed forms of "success." As a radical union organizer, she acted on her conviction that collective action is necessary to fulfill the promises of democracy, and led the charge for graduate student unionization. As a Radical Teacher board member, Shafali was dynamic, warm and generous. She brought to the board a strong commitment to primary and secondary education and to exploring the relationship between education and race. …

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