Dr. Andrea Dardello
Dr. Andrea Dardello has served on the front lines as a community college educator for 28 years, bridging the gap between students’ lived experiences and academia. She is a culturally responsive teaching practitioner whose research focuses on teaching through the lens of dignity. Her current work, Teaching with Dignity, is a hybrid professional development course that helps faculty close opportunity gaps by providing strategies that allow students to be seen, heard, valued, and feel safe, thus optimizing learning, retention, and success. Andrea is a contributing author to the book, Defining, Locating, and Addressing Bullying in the WPA Workplace. Her chapter, entitled Breaking the Silence of Racism and Bullying in Academia: Leaning in to a Hard Truth, explores storytelling as a vehicle for healing, understanding, and change. She is a widow and proud mother of a 12-year-old son.