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Embracing Otherness in the Self that Teaches

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With this chapter, I examine my journey as a first-generation woman who came from West Africa and joined U.S. academia. I recount my experiences of Othering and being othered within academic structures. These experiences have challenged both my identity as a person and as a teacher. I have developed courage and tenacity by being true to myself, living through these challenges, transcending them, and finding success. This work of deep reflection reminds me daily that despite what may appear on the surface as Otherness, our humanity is one. We can fit perfectly into the human mosaic, when we dig deep into our souls and find within, our common humanity.

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Bifuh-Ambe, E. (2021). Embracing Otherness in the Self that Teaches. In: Hall, M.P., Brault, A.K. (eds) Academia from the Inside. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-83895-9_5

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