When staff members retire from YTI, they often try to stay busy. Some might garden. Others might take up birdwatching or join a bowling league. Almeda Wright accepted a position at Yale Divinity School. But before this ordained American Baptist minister starts teaching in the Ivy League, she will attend the YTI reunion.
A mentor in 2005, an exploratory leader in 2006, and an assistant director from 2007-2009, Almeda will speak twice at the reunion. She will present “Reality TV, Religion and Performances of Gender” at the Religion and Culture Remix on Friday, July 12, at 10 am. She’ll be onstage again at 10:30 am Saturday morning, joining a panel discussion on the theme “What YTI Taught me about Teaching and Mentoring.”
Since she left YTI in 2009, Almeda has served as assistant professor of religion and youth ministry at Pfeiffer University (Misenheimer, NC). She is co-editor of the book Children, Youth, and Spirituality in a Troubling World. An ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches, Almeda has focused her research on African American religion, adolescent spiritual development and the intersections of religion and public life.
Want to reconnect with Almeda? Register for the YTI reunion today!