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VIDEO | Dean of Student Life discusses the Belonging Initiative

Dr. Joi Lewis at the "Weaving through Change" Conference at Laney College. (Bianca Butler)

Dr. Joi Lewis is the Dean of Student Life and Vice Provost at Mills College. As a scholar-practitioner, Lewis teaches a graduate course titled “Higher Education, Hip Hop and the Hood, Getting Students to and through College in a Transforming Academy” at Mills College. Her scholarship focuses on narrative research as liberatory praxis, re-authoring lived experiences in urban cities and schools and interrupting sexism and body image as text.

Lewis was a guest speaker on a panel discussion at the conference “Weaving through Change: Identifying Intersections between Education, Health, and Economics” on Nov 19, 2010 at Laney College in Oakland.

She has open hours for students at Cowell and can be contacted at

Produced by Bianca Butler. Contributed by Melodie Miu.