Author: B. Waller-Peterson

2016 Graduate Student Commencement Address: Purpose, Possibility and Love

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Advice / Lehigh Culture & Community / Literature & Social Justice

On Monday, May 23, 2016 I was honored to deliver the 2016 Graduate Student Address at Lehigh’s 148th Commencement Ceremony. The subject of my talk was Purpose, Possibility, and Love. As I thought about what message I wanted to share with my fellow graduates and our families, I wondered about the other black women who walked this path before me. With the help of Professors Jenna Lay and Betsy Fifer, I was able to piece […]


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Literature & Social Justice

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