Hey! I'm Joy.

A speaker, writer, scholar and facilitator who promotes racial and gender justice through compassion and open dialogue to ignite equitable, empowering and transformative practices.


Joy Wiggins' Work

Joy Wiggins' work examines the ways social realities influence our day-to-day communications across cultures. Her work led to the creation of a program, titled “Global Peaceful Paths” which encourages participants to self-reflect before interacting with others and the world at large. This project stems from her research into the effects of a peace building and yoga program with 4th graders in an urban elementary school in Dallas, Texas. This company has now grown to an Equity and Inclusion Consulting Business serving non-profits, school districts, professional business organizations, universities and local community members.



Ph.D. 2005 Ohio State University

Multicultural Education and Social Justice, Language, Literacy and Culture

Dissertation: Constructions of Preservice Teachers’ Biographies: Mediations of a Sociopolitical Text. An emphasis on preservice teachers’ perceptions of the 1992 Los Angeles uprisings. Advisors: Lead-Dr. Cynthia B. Dillard, Dr. Peter Demerath and Dr. Molly Blackburn.

M.Ed. 2000 Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA,

Woodring College of Education, Literacy

B.A. 1996 Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX,

Multidisciplinary Studies, Minor: English


Current Work

Currently, Dr. Wiggins presented a TEDxWWU talk on "From Sabotage to Support: Women Liberating Women." She also presents workshops for faculty and staff at Western Washington University for the Campus Equity and Inclusion Forum and other organizations across the Pacific Northwest and beyond on equity and inclusion topics.

Her research has been published in The Urban Review, Democracy and education, In Factis Pax: Journal of Peace Education and Social Justice, Journal of Children’s Literature, Journal of Adult and Adolescent Literacy and Educational Action Research. She has presented at numerous international, national and regional conferences with special invited sessions for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the National Network for Educational Renewal for her work with Global Peaceful Paths.

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Selected works from WWU CEDAR

Areas of Emphasis, Special Interest or Research:

Social justice, yoga and peace education, Transnational identities, qualitative methodology, online course design. Specifically creating and directing a yoga and peacebuilding curriculum, transnational identity and online course development.


"Positioning self in figured worlds: Using poetic inquiry to theorize transnational experiences in education" The Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education.

The Search for Balance: Understanding and Implementing Yoga, Peace and Democratic Education

See Curriculum Vita

Meet My Collaborators

Below are the fabulous folks I have the privilege of knowing and working with through a variety of projects like facilitating workshops, collaborating on writing and engaging in rich discussions that support and fuel each other’s work.