Category Archive: Youth Voice

Introducing: Dr. Emily Bailin Wells

As many of you know, on May 16, 2018, I graduated with my doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. I am officially DR. Emily Bailin Wells! Besides giving birth to my daughter in… Continue reading

My TEDx Talk, “The Power of Digital Storytelling”

On May 18, I had the opportunity to give my first TEDx talk, “The Power of Digital Storytelling,” at the Solebury School located in New Hope, PA. As I explain in the talk,… Continue reading

[Love] Letter IV: Have You Seen This Girl?

Dear Abbie,* Well, it finally happened this morning… The coffee was brewing behind me, the blup blup pop of water percolating through the system felt comforting on an early Tuesday morning, warming my… Continue reading

[Love] Letter III: Dear J.

The third piece in my series of love letters dedicated to the experiences and people that have touched me over the course of the yearlong seminar entitled, “Youth, Media and Educational Justice.” The latest… Continue reading

Up Close and “Real”: The Implications of Mindy Kaling & Lena Dunham’s Recent Magazine Cover Photographs

One of the big pop culture stories that has helped kick off the new year has been the “controversy” and hype surrounding comedian/actress/writer/producer/all-around kick ass woman, Mindy Kaling’s cover photo on Elle Magazine. She… Continue reading

[Love] Letter, Part II: Making the Invisible Visible

A significant part of this work–doing work about, and more importantly with, court-involved youth–is the commitment to raise awareness and start conversations about the juvenile justice system, about family court, and the realities of court-involved… Continue reading

A [Love] Letter to You, to Us

Dear Youth, Media & Educational Justice Fam, I’m not sure where to begin, tonight rendered me speechless. After leaving class, I walked to the subway in a daze and as soon as I… Continue reading

Reflections on a Visit to Family Court

This year, I’m taking a course called “Youth, Media and Educational Justice” (YMEJ), description is below. The course is taught by a teaching team consisting of my advisor and mentor, Dr. Lalitha Vasudevan, another mentor… Continue reading

Becoming Hip-Hop: Finding My Place in a Culture, Movement, and Pedagogy

In January I wrote a post, My Semester in Review: The People & Things That Have Inspired Me, reflecting on my fall semester, a series of four months full of experiences that have… Continue reading

A Millennial on “Millennials”: The Complicated Relationship I Have With My Own Generation

Last month, TIME Magazine’s cover story was about the Millennial generation, also known as Generation Y, those born between 1980-2000. The title of the article reads: Millennials are a generation mostly of teens and 20-somethings known… Continue reading