In academia, it is common and applauded for researchers to acknowledge their bias. There is no longer the assumption that researchers can objectively remove themselves from their own political, personal or experiential biases, on the contrary, they must acknowledge them and take them into account. That being said, below are three biases that not only influence how I see the world, but also make up who I am:
I am a woman. I am a wife, a mother of four children, and a lover of sitting around food and talking with friends while listening to soul nourishing music. My love of music is a significant part of my life, as a singer and songwriter music is one of my favorite arts of expression.
I am African-American. Raised in a predominantly white – populated city, I was acutely aware of this fact at a young age. My grace was the African-American church community that took the proverb “it takes a village to raise a child” literally. My value and worth were built up in my childhood home and the Black church, and I was raised to pursue my passions. This led me to my first step in higher education at Bethel Seminary where I received my Masters in 2013.
I am a Christian. I cannot overstate how vital this is to me. My intimate connection to God is what has given me the courage to start this podcast. At the same time, I was scared to include this statement. I was scared because the Christian label has so many (mainly negative) connotations. But I believe there is not only a role but a call for the church to point and lead our nation to shalom, holistic peace.
Bibi Wald has served in K12 education for over twelve years. She is the founder of Birthing Equity in Education LLC, providing antiracism coaching, consulting, and teaching support that aid school leaders, teachers, and parents in decolonizing education. She is an advocate for the liberation of schooling that frees BIPOC children from Western standards of self-expression, worth, and intelligence thereby improving student engagement, cultural identity, and spiritual formation. Visit Bibi’s website here.