Dr. D-L Stewart, Bowling Green State University
Dr. Dafina-Lazarus (D-L) Stewart (pronouns: ze, zim, zir) is a scholar, educator, and activist focused on empowering and imagining futures that sustain and cultivate the learning, growth, and success of marginalized groups in U.S. higher education institutions. Dr. Stewart’s work is motivated by an ethic of love grounded in justice and informed by an intersectional framework that recognizes both the lived experiences of multiply marginalized individuals as well as the material effects of interlocking systems of oppression. Over the course of zir 20 year career in higher education institutions, ze has focused most intently on issues of race and ethnicity, sexuality, and gender, as well as religion, faith, and spirituality in zir research, teaching, and service to professional organizations and institutions across the nation. The author of over four dozen journal articles and book chapters, Dr. Stewart published an edited volume in 2011 on the work of multicultural student services in U.S. higher education titled, Multicultural Student Services: Building Bridges, Re-visioning Community (Stylus); coedited a New Directions for Student Services monograph in 2015, Gender and Sexual Diversity in U.S. Higher Education: Contexts and Opportunities for LGBTQ College Students (Wiley); and has completed a book manuscript for Palgrave MacMillan that is a narrative history of Black collegians attending a consortium of elite, private liberal arts colleges in the Great Lakes region between 1945 and 1965. As a speaker and consultant, Dr. Stewart has been invited to work with and speak to a range of institutions including small, private colleges and larger, public institutions from the northeast to the west coast.