Welcome to The Social Scholar.

Welcome to The Social Scholar.

FullSizeRender-1I hope you’ll stay with me as we build a community of like-minded social activists who believe everyone deserves a fair chance to exercise their dreams and fulfill their highest potential. That right to equity and equality is important for everyone, but even more for children and young adults who are our next generation leaders. For many of our Black and Brown children and young adults, particularly those living in poverty, they experience a different reality. They learn early that they are operating within systems of inequity and inequality, which serve to perpetuate disadvantage.

What is The Social Scholar?

The Social Scholar was created to shine a light on inequities in education and the workplace, which impact the academic achievement and career development of girls and boys, women and men, with an acute focus on Blacks and Hispanics or those living in poverty. We will educate one another on past and current policies and practices that shape our children’s educational futures and delve into workplace systems that enable or hinder career success. We will also hold all parties accountable, including ourselves, for the roles we play in sustaining the very oppression we seek to eradicate.

What The Social Scholar is not?

The Social Scholar is not a haven for those who want to wallow in gloom and doom. It is not a place where we will either blame the victim or the “system” unfairly. It is not a platform to vent without offering positive ideas for change. On the contrary, we are a community of optimists who believe that together we can make a difference. We celebrate equally systems of fairness and inclusion and acts of personal agency and self-determinism. We will challenge one another to take a stand and be on the winning side of history.

What’s in the Name?

I decided to call this blog The Social Scholar because I believe “social” reflects our social network. We are a community of people with common interests. We spark conversations that inspire one another to act. The word “social” reminds us of the social activists who brought positive change to society because they confronted injustices wherever they were found. Our world is a better place because of leaders like Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Mary Church Terrell, and Malala Yousafzai. And yet, while their activism was on a national or global scale, I believe every one of us has the potential to be a social activist in the communities in which we live.

Why Me?

I believe the time has come for me to lift my voice and to step into my activism. I am a scholar. I want to share facts and opinions and quantitative and qualitative data that enlighten us and provide us with a base of knowledge from which we can act. I am also a practitioner, having built a career as an educator and a corporate human resource development executive. I believe God gives us certain passions and this is mine.

What Can You Expect from The Social Scholar?

The Social Scholar will be an active blog. I will post relevant stories, articles, and quotes a minimum of once weekly. While I am the primary voice of The Social Scholar, I will occasionally invite guest scholars who I believe offer diverse perspectives on an array of topics in or around education or career development. Also, I will gladly explore other topics of social interest that impact our communities. I will seek your feedback and hope you will share your knowledge so that we are all well-informed about the issues that concern us. Thanks again for coming to The Social Scholar. Join our community of activists.

I believe…When we know better, we do better.

With gratitude,


Comments (7)

  1. Cheryl Jordan, PhD
    Feb 29, 2016

    The Social Scholar will be an amazing venture for all who decide to partake. I’m excited about having a venue where scholarship, ideas and, dreams meet activism and change!

    • Tonya Harris Cornileus, Ph.D.
      Mar 01, 2016

      Thank you, Cheryl! I’m excited that you’ll be sharing your scholarship and activism on the site as a Guest Scholar.

  2. Laura Bierema
    Feb 29, 2016

    Tonya, you and the Social Scholar are an inspiration!

    • Tonya Harris Cornileus, Ph.D.
      Mar 01, 2016

      Thank you, Laura. You’ve been an inspiration to me for years. I hope you’ll consider being a Guest Scholar and write a post on the site.

  3. […] of my background and the impetus for The Social Scholar, I invite you to read my very first post: Welcome to The Social Scholar. Once you read that post, hopefully you will understand this current post even more. It centers on […]

  4. […] action related to issues of equity and equality in school, work and life. In my very first post, Welcome to The Social Scholar, I explained my passion for education and for helping people achieve their highest potential, […]

  5. Laura Bierema
    Nov 29, 2017

    Excited to have Dr. Cornileus address my leadership class with doctoral students on Saturday!


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