2023 CNV Reception and Mentor Panel - National Council of Teachers of English

2023 CNV Reception and Mentor Panel


Thursday, November 16, 2023 | 7:30–9:30 p.m. ET
Pheoris West Room B, Hilton 402, Hilton Columbus Downtown
402 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215


Come join the current and former fellows and mentors and friends of the NCTE Cultivating New Voices among Scholars of Color (CNV) Program in Columbus, OH, for an evening of community and fun. This year’s event will feature a panel of four current CNV mentors.

If you haven’t yet registered for the 2023 NCTE Annual Convention, early-bird pricing is still available through October 11.


2023 CNV Mentor Panelists

Dr. Qiana Cutts

Dr. Qiana Cutts is a poet, playwright, chandler, and associate professor in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education Leadership, Educational Psychology, and Foundations at Mississippi State University. Her research explores teacher education and the experiences of Black girls and Black women through poetic inquiry, arts integration, and hip-hop.

Dr. Sybil Durand

Dr. Sybil Durand is an associate professor of Youth Literature in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies at the University of Arizona. Her scholarship examines representations of youth of color in young adult literature and the various ways in which teachers and students engage these representations.

Dr. Lauren Leigh Kelly

Dr. Lauren Leigh Kelly is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University and the founder of the annual Hip Hop Youth Research and Activism Conference. Her research focuses on youth agency and critical consciousness development, Black feminist theory, hip-hop pedagogy, and the development of critical, culturally sustaining pedagogies. https://laurenleighkelly.com/

Dr. Allison Skerrett

Dr. Allison Skerrett is holder of the Barbi M. & Gary L. Coleman Professorship in Education in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin, and the director of Teacher Education for the college. Dr. Skerrett’s research focuses on the literacy practices of youth of color; secondary English education, particularly as it pertains to teacher preparation and practice for urban contexts; and the relationships among transnationalism, youth of color, and literacy.