The Formation of Our Stories w/ Dr. Twaina Harris of Claflin University

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Welcome to A Sojourner’s Truth podcast: Conversations for a Changing Culture! I’m your host Natasha Sistrunk Robinson, and I’m glad you’re joining us for Season One where the theme is: Our Stories:

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I am thrilled to welcome my next guest to A Sojourner’s Truth Podcast. This season of the podcast, we are talking about our stories, and to guide our conversation, I’m using the outline of my upcoming book, A Sojourner’s Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World. We will talk about the FORMATION of Our Stories, the HISTORY of Our Stories, Our Stories in the WILDERNESS, and Our REDEMPTION Stories.

In our second interview of the season, we are continuing our conversation about the FORMATION of Our Stories with Dr. Twaina Harris, Campus Director of the Career Pathways Initiative and Director of Academic Advising at the Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Claflin University.



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Twaina is from Orangeburg, South Carolina, and she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from South Carolina State University.  She earned a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Upon completion of her Master’s degree, she was employed by UAB as a professional academic advisor in the Division of General Studies.  After serving several years as an academic advisor at UAB, she relocated to Columbus, Ohio and served as Admissions Manager for the College of Optometry and chair of the Diversity Committee for the health sciences (including the health professions) at Ohio State University.  In 2014, she earned her Doctor of Education degree in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. The primary focus of her dissertation was academic advising at HBCUs. She has been employed at Claflin University for 14 years.

Here are some conversation highlights:


READ ALONG as Natasha reads excerpt from Part One: Community – “Long before I knew I was a Christian or a leader, I understood that I was black and woman…(pg. 31-32).


Growing up, I regularly listened to commercials from the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) telling me that I could go to college and that a mind is a terrible thing to waste.




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Across the fence from South Carolina State University, you will find Claflin University. It is a private liberal artists school located in my hometown of Orangeburg, SC.

My mother attended Claflin University for a couple years before her health started to fail. She later returned to Claflin to work in the campus library where I spent many afternoons after school reading books and doing homework.

Founded in 1869, Claflin University was created so newly freed slaves could be educated. It is the oldest HBCU in the state of South Carolina. Beginning with homecoming 2018, Claflin will be celebrating 150 years of academic excellence and visionary leadership!


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Until next time, “Tell the truth, people!”


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The FORMATION of Our Stories with Dr. Twaina Harris of Claflin University

Published by Natasha Sistrunk Robinson

Servant of Jesus. Truth-teller. Leader. Mentor. Author of Books.

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