Dr. Bakari is an author, advocate, and scholar. She is a role model for those whose life experiences have been steeped in challenges of oppression, including race, gender, and sexual violence, and an expert at building bridges between men and women. She is a visiting assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. She is also Cornell University and SUNY alum. Although much of her scholarship centers around breaking the silence of sexual violence, she considers herself a “peace worker.” She recognizes personal growth and self-awareness as requirements for improving the human condition.
Voice of Resilience
Dr. Bakari understands empowerment on a personal level because she is not just a survivor. She is a thriver, and as a psychologist, she knows how to transmit that strength to others. She is an accomplished athlete with a 4th-degree black belt in taekwondo and a marathon finisher. She homeschooled her children while earning her Ph.D. along with her husband. Writing and publishing empowering literature is a major platform for her and her memoir has been suggested as “required reading” because some people refer to her as a real-life hero. In addition to authoring four books, she holds an unpublished poetry collection of over 150 poems. She is also a spoken word artist.