Women History Month – Honoring Dr. Noel

Women History Month – Honoring Dr. Noel

Title: Professor of English

Bio: Dr. Noel is a dynamic, self-motivated, resourceful academic leader with more than 20 years of experience in teaching literature, rhetoric and composition, curriculum design and development and faculty development.   Her doctoral work focused on the underpinnings of religion and spirituality as they imbricated with gender, sexuality, and race. She is an advocate for women’s empowerment, having served as a founding member of the group, Winning Women, an academic and skills-development advocacy group for women. She is a graduate of Union Institute and University where she earned a Ph. D in Humanities and Culture and certificates in Creative Writing and Women and Gender Studies and has earned Masters’ degrees from Rutgers University and New Brunswick Theological Seminary.

What does Pillar College Mean to You?: During Women’s History Month, I thank Pillar College for its validation of community by offering an avenue to commemorate the value of all women.   A critical examination of the experiences of some of these women have led me to agree with the quote that “Your value does not decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth” (author unknown). The immediate value of some women was obscured by principalities and powers that relegated them to the margins; rendered them invisible; silenced their voices and refused them a seat at the table. They were the symbolic “green eggs and ham” of culture .refusing to be trampled, rose to majestic heights of splendor and created pathways for women’s liberation and empowerment.