“I was really interested in working with Dana Burde; her research in Afghanistan was some of the most innovative work I had ever seen,” says Hardaway. “I also had some of the best internships while I was at Steinhardt, working with Catholic Charities USA in their refugee resettlement department and with Scholars at Risk.”
After graduating from Steinhardt, Hardaway worked as a trainer and educator for the nonprofit educational program Global Kids and a classroom Spanish teacher at a charter school in Brooklyn, among other roles.
Today, Hardaway is a senior manager for TNTP, a nonprofit with the goal of ending educational inequality by providing excellent teachers to students, especially those from vulnerable populations.
My role gives me a seat at the table that I don’t take lightly as a Black woman from a marginalized background myself. We seek to find out whose voices are being left out and how to advocate for them.
In addition to her role at TNTP, Hardaway runs an affinity group for Black and Brown girls aged 13–18 in Crown Heights called Black Sister Circle (BSC).
“BSC runs monthly workshops to help these girls navigate the many ‘-isms’ they experience in their lives,” says Hardaway. “We started out a year ago with two kids, and now we have a dozen.”
BSC is actively fundraising for a trip to take the girls to Ghana so they can experience their ancestry and be part of the majority for perhaps the first time in their lives. Among other activities, the participants will experience a spiritual naming ceremony; take classes on African dance, culture, food, and fabric-making; and learn about the history of West Africa pre-slavery.
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