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Preface Holly Elissa Bruno
In the Beginning
Talk about bumps. At the annual National Association for the
Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conference at the Jacob K. Javits Con-
vention Center in New York City back in 2002, an inspiration was shaken
into me as I jockeyed for balance on a bumpy and rainy nighttime tuk-tuk
(bike-cab) ride back to my hotel: invite inspiring, savvy, and insightful col-
leagues to present with me at the next conference! Now that would be fun!
Plus, I would learn along with the participants. Why not just do it?
Images of three presenters appeared before my eyes: Luis Antonio Her-
nandez (that man is crazy like a fox), Janet Gonzalez-Mena (gentle, wise,
lives and breathes diversity), and Dr. Debra Ren-Etta Sullivan (always offers
eye-popping, one-of-a-kind “takes” on issues). Maybe it was no accident that
we each hailed from opposite corners of the country: Miami (Luis), Boston
(Holly Elissa), San Francisco (Janet), and Seattle (Debra).
As one person after another said, “Great idea! Let’s do it!” I knew our
gang of four mavericks was meant to be. Look out, NAEYC!
Holly Elissa Bruno, Janet Gonzalez-Mena,
Luis Antonio Hernandez, and Debra Ren-Etta Sullivan
Who knew that by agreeing to agree we had already hit our first bump? Even
though NAEYC had supplied us with a topic (which is reflected in the chap-
ters that follow, along with other topics from conferences over the years),