Marcella Runell Hall

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Marcella Runell Hall
Born (1975-01-10) January 10, 1975 (age 43)
Alma materUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst

Marcella Runell Hall (born January 10, 1975) is an American-born author and educator. She is best known for her social justice work,[1] her founding of NYU’s Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership,[2] and her current role as Dean of Students at Mt. Holyoke College as of Fall, 2014.[3]

Hall was appointed Dean of Students at Mt. Holyoke College in June 2014.[4] "[Hall] is a scholar, teacher, and practitioner who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge about student life, diversity and inclusion, and student engagement,” remarked dean of the college Cerri Banks.[5] Although this role has only recently begun, Hall has been integral in supporting the president’s fall, 2014 direction to admit transgender women to the all-women’s school.[6]

Hall is also a social justice scholar, award-winning author, and was recently clinical instructor for New York University's (NYU) Silver School of Social Work. In 2014, Hall was awarded NYU’s MLK Faculty Award[7] for esteemed instructors who exemplify the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Huffington Post dubbed Hall “a leading scholar on the interweaving between social justice, activism, hip-hop, and faith.” [8]

Personal life[edit]

Hall was born in Washington D.C. and spent the majority of her childhood in locations across the northeast – the most notable being Ocean City, New Jersey. She met her husband David Hall in the fall of 2002 while studying at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and they have been married since May 2007. Her husband is a disc-jockey on WBLS with the stage-name DJ Trends, and together they have two daughters. Hall and her family currently reside in faculty housing on the Mt. Holyoke campus.

Education and academic life[edit]

Hall earned her doctorate in social justice education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMASS) in 2011.[9] Her dissertation is entitled, Education in a Hip-Hop Nation: Our Identity, Politics & Pedagogy.[10] Prior to UMASS, she studied at New York University, receiving a Master of Arts in higher education administration with a focus on multicultural education. She holds a bachelor's degree in social work with a concentration in women's Studies from Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Runell Hall as the new Dean of students at Mt. Holyoke Convocation on September 2, 2014.

Professional life[edit]

Prior to her deanship at Mt. Holyoke, Hall served as the founding director (Internal Relations) for the Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership at New York University, where she co-led the Institute and Center with Yael Shy.[11] The Of Many Institute is a first-of-its-kind, providing academic and co-curricular programming to students from diverse religious backgrounds in an effort to equip New York University students with the skills necessary to reach across faith boundaries and foster dialogue and respect, while still remaining rooted in their own religious and spiritual traditions.[12] The Institute and the Center's programmatic activities have frequently been featured in prominent news sources, including The Huffington Post.[13] The Institute was founded by Chelsea Clinton, Linda Mills, Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, and Imam Khalid Latif. Among Hall’s most notable contributions to The Institute are her creation of the Multifaith Minor in Spiritual Leadership,[14] her Faith Zone[15] religious literacy pedagogy workshop Faith Zone (recipient of 2014 Inaugural Spirituality and Religion in Higher Education "Outstanding Spiritual Initiative" Award)[16] and her contribution to Chelsea Clinton’s 2014 debut documentary film on Muslim-Jewish relations, Of Many.[17] In addition to her recent titles of founding director (Internal Relations) for the Of Many Institute at New York University and clinical instructor for NYU's Silver School of Social Work, Dr. Hall served as a founding board member for the Hip-Hop Education Center.[18] Runell Hall also served at NYU's Center for Multicultural Education and Programs (CMEP) for from 2007–2012 in various position including Diversity Educator, Associate Director, and finally, Interim Director.[19] During her time at CMEP, Hall co-founded the Administrator’s Cultural Training Institute,[20] the Hip-Hop Pedagogy Initiative,[21] the Intergroup Dialogue Program,[22] and NYU’s Ally Week,[23] all for which she received awards from the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASPA).[24] Hall also previously served as an Education Fellow at the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding.[25]

Dr. Runell Hall has been the recipient of several teaching awards over the course of her career, including the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award, which she received in 2009 from the Association of American Colleges and Universities.[26] She has been mentioned and featured in various media outlets, including Rethinking Schools,[27] Madame Noire,[28] The Hip Hop Project,[29] Teaching for Change,[30] Black Issues Book Review,[31] Harambee Radio Network, Open Line Media News[32] and Congress.org.[33]

Hall appears in the JFK Presidential Legacy Gallery for her work and influence as a leading figure in innovation and civil rights alongside President Jimmy Carter, Madeleine Albright, Sandra Day O'Conner, Alan Brinkley, and others.[34] Dr. Runell Hall has edited three award-winning books: The Hip-hop Education Guidebook: Volume 1 (2007) with Martha Diaz,[35] Conscious Women Rock the Page: Using Hip-Hop Fiction to Incite Social Change (2008),[36] and Love, Race & Liberation: 'Til the White Day is Done (2010) with Jennifer Calderon.[37] Love, Race, & Liberation has received particular attention: the book was named finalist for the National Indie Excellence Book Award for Social Change,[38] and has also been praised by notable social justice scholar and Princeton professor Dr. Cornel West.[39] Additionally, Hall has written for Scholastic Books, the New York Times Learning Network, Vibe,[40] and various academic journals, including Equity and Excellence in Education.[41]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NYU Social Justice Scholar Will Visit Campus to Discuss Interfaith Issues." Archived February 3, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. Utah State University News, October 2, 2013. Retrieved on October 8, 2014.
  2. ^ Swalec, Andrea. "NYU's Religious Groups to Unite Under One Roof at Spiritual Center" Archived February 3, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. DNA Info New York, February 27, 2012. Retrieved on October 8, 2014.
  3. ^ "College Appoints New Dean of Students to start in May." Mt. Holyoke News. April 3, 2014. Retrieved on October 8, 2014.
  4. ^ “People in Business: Mt. Holyoke Hires Two.” Mass Live news. March 24, 2014. Retrieved on October 8, 2014.
  5. ^ “Marcella Runell Hall Named Dean of Students.” Mt. Holyoke News&Events. March 19, 2014. Retrieved on October 8, 2014.
  6. ^ Bianco, Marcie. “Mt. Holyoke’s President Announced a Huge Change for LGBT Students With an Emotional Speech.” Mic News: Identities. (Scroll to 47:00 on video for Runell Hall’s Convocation address.) September 7, 2014. Retrieved on October 8, 2014.
  7. ^ Paik, Shawn. “Professors lauded for promoting ideals of MLK.” Washington Square News. February 6, 2014. Retrieved on October 22, 2014.
  8. ^ Fici, Chris."Faith Journeys, Faith Collisions, and Hip-hop: A Dialogue at the Rubin Museum.” The Huffington Post. September 19, 2013. Retrieved on October 22, 2014.
  9. ^ Lierman, Liz.“Making News: MHC new hires, UMass Fullbright [sic], new STEM program at STCC.” Gazettenet Daily Hampshire News. April 6, 2014. Retrieved on October 22, 2014.
  10. ^ Runell Hall, M."Education in a Hip-Hop Nation: Our Identity, Politics & Pedagogy." (On Scholarworks published free-access academia network, Sept 2012. Retrieved on October 22, 2014.
  11. ^ "Yael Shy: The Huffington Post." Retrieved on October 9, 2014.
  12. ^ Riecken, Astrid. "Jewish activist: ‘Hate speech must not be accepted as civil discourse." The Washington Post, October 12, 2012. Retrieved on October 8, 2014.
  13. ^ Memon, Zain. “NYU Fast-a-thon: Bringing Relief to drought-stricken Africa.” Huffington Post Post, October 5, 2012. Retrieved on October 8, 2014.
  14. ^ “People in Business: Mt. Holyoke Hires Two.” Mass Live news. March 24, 2014. Retrieved on October 8, 2014.
  15. ^ Fry, Rachel Kenley. “‘Interfaith’ movement in the making at USU.” The Herald Journal: Bridgerland’s Daily Newspaper. December 22, 2013. Retrieved on October 21, 2014.
  16. ^ "NYU Info Page: "Faith Zone" Trainings". NYU Info Page: "Faith Zone" Trainings. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  17. ^ Craig, Samantha. “Short Film ‘Of Many’ Examines Interfaith Relationships Through an NYU lens.” NYU Local, April 16, 2014. Retrieved on October 22, 2013.
  18. ^ “Breaking News: Launching of Hip-Hop Education Center.” April 19, 2009. Retrieved on October 22, 2014.
  19. ^ Swalec, Andrea. "NYU's Religious Groups to Unite Under One Roof at Spiritual Center." Archived February 3, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. DNA Info New York, February 27, 2012. Retrieved on October 8, 2014.
  20. ^ “Page: Administrator’s Cultural Training Institute.” Retrieved on October 22, 2014.
  21. ^ "Hip-Hop Pedagogy Initiative" Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  22. ^ Jenkins, Elizabeth. “Undergraduates Examine National Origin, Diversity, and Social Justice through Dialogue.” NYU Silver School of Social Work News, March 27, 2017. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  23. ^ Waygood, James. “Are You an Ally? Examining NYU Ally Week.” Archived February 3, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. So, So Gay News, June 1, 2011. Retrieved on October 22, 2014.
  24. ^ “Runell Hall C.V.” Archived February 3, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. NYU Social Work Staff Bio Page, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  25. ^ "Video: Runell Hall – We Are Tannenbaum." January 9, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  26. ^ "Award Recipients List: K Patricia Cross Awards." Retrieved on October 22, 2014.
  27. ^ Au, Wayne.“Book Review: The Hip-hop Education Guidebook Volume I.” ReThinking Schools, Volume 21, Iss. 4 (Summer, 2007), We Are Hip Hop reviews. Retrieved on October 22, 2014.
  28. ^ Burr, Liz.“Mommy in-chief – Episode 3: Raising Socially Responsible Kids.” Madame Noir, October 8, 2011. Retrieved on October 22, 2014.
  29. ^ "Hip-Hop pedagogy page" 2009. Accessed October 22, 2014.
  30. ^ "Teaching for Change: Hip-Hop Education Guidebook Page" Archived December 24, 2014, at Archive.today Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  31. ^ Pride, Felicia.“School of Hip-Hop” Black Issues Book Review, May 2007. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  32. ^ "Video: Open Line Media News Interview (2011)" Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  33. ^ "Congress.Org: Music Inspires HipHop Generation" July 22, 2010. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  34. ^ “JFK Presidential Legacy Gallery: Marcella Runell Hall.” (Click on “Legacy Gallery,” then click on “Marcella Runell Hall.”) Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  35. ^ Runell, Marcella. Diaz, Martha.“The Hip Hop Education Guidebook: Volume 1” 2007. The Hip-Hop Association: New York.
  36. ^ E-Fierce, Artemis, Black, Calderon, J-Love, Runell Hall, Marcella.“Conscious Women Rock the Page.” 2008. Sister Outsider Entertainment: New York.
  37. ^ Calderon, JLove. Runell Hall, Marcella. “Love, Race, & Liberation: ‘Till the White Day is Done.” 2010. Love-N-Liberation Press: New York.
  38. ^ "List: 2010 Indie Excellence Book Awards" Archived February 26, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  39. ^ “Announcements.” National Association of Student Affairs Professionals Newsletter. May 2010.
  40. ^ "Marcella Runell Hall: Vibe archives."
  41. ^ Hall, Marcella Runell. "Hip-Hop Education Resources." Equity and Excellence in Education, v.42 n.1 p86-94. Jan 2009. Retrieved October 23, 2014.