Mary Roaf began a 20-year career in social justice and equity in K-12 schooling and higher education in 1993. Following a stint in teaching public school and serving in a variety of outreach and education programs geared toward youth, completion of M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Anthropology of Education from Northern Arizona University and Temple University, respectively, Mary joined the Stanislaus State Ethnic Studies program in 2018. Mary’s research, teaching and social justice activism addresses interlocking oppressions of race, class, and gender. Specifically, her research addresses dismantling the “school to prison” pipeline, and building upon her work on Black decolonial feminisms after participating in the 2019 Black Decolonial Transnational Feminism Program in Cachoeira, Brazil. Additionally, she has been supporting an emerging Black Lives Matter movement in the Central Valley region in California. Dr. Roaf’s commitment to exemplary decolonial pedagogy garnered her the Elizabeth Papageorge Faculty Award in Teaching for the 2020-21 year. She is also the Interim Chair of the Ethnic Studies Department for the 2022-23 year.
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