Dafina-Lazarus Stewart

Educator and Consultant in Colorado

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Dafina-Lazarus (or D-L) Stewart, PhD is professor in the School of Education and co-director of the Student Affairs in Higher Education master's program at Colorado State University (CSU). Prior to CSU, ze has served as a full-time faculty member at Bowling Green State University, Ohio University, and The Ohio State University, where ze earned both a doctorate in higher education administration and a master’s in higher education and student affairs. Ze has a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in economics from Kalamazoo College and was born and raised in Harlem in New York City, New York. As noted here, the proper referential pronouns for Dr. Stewart are ze, zim, and zir.

Dr. Stewart's research focuses on issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality as well as religion, faith, and spirituality through multidisciplinary critical and poststructural paradigms and centering an intersectional analytical framework. Ze brings this work to bear on analyses of student experiences and outcomes in postsecondary education, institutional transformation, and the role of postsecondary education in society. Ze has just published a book of zir narrative-based research of the experiences of Black college students attending small, private, liberal arts colleges in the central Great Lakes region between 1945 and 1965. Black Collegians' Experiences in US Northern Private Colleges: A Narrative History, 1945-1965 is available through Palgrave Macmillan.

Dr. Stewart is also a parent of a very engaged and wickedly smart new college student; enjoys running, cycling, and hopes to add swimming to that list; and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

  • Work
    • Colorado State University
  • Education
    • PhD, The Ohio State University
    • MA, The Ohio State University
    • BA, Kalamazoo College