Beverly Bickel (email@example.com) is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Language, Literacy, and Culture Doctoral Program and Affiliate Clinical Associate Professor of Gender and Women Studies at UMBC. Her research broadly focuses on the production, exchange, and dissemination of transformational knowledge designed to support changing cultural practices that increase social justice and participatory democracy. This research aims at highlighting the essential role of negotiating diverse sources, discourses and intellectual practices to constructing the nuanced knowledge necessary to address local and transnational transformational challenges. She is interested in how multiple truth claims and the discursive practices of people in diverse social knowledge networks operate in the online and on the ground places and spaces where people gather. This work also investigates how critical pedagogies alongside feminist and alternative pedagogies support the development of critical consciousness for students, K-12 teachers and college and university instructors, and community activists. Research about projects such as the UMBC Breaking Ground initiative focus on publically engaged scholarship and teaching that address critical social problems requiring interdisciplinary approaches, changing cultural practices and leadership from previously marginalized or silenced people.