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Anthony Sclafani is a PhD student in higher education and women's studies at Penn State University. Anthony's research focuses on organizational change within higher education, feminist teaching pedagogies, and gender and sexual identity politics and their influences on student learning and development.
In 2001 at age 17, Anthony was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, a chronic autoimmune disease of the gastrointestinal tract, after several years of silent and painful suffering. A member and proud supporter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, he aims to bring voice, agency, and much needed dialogue to these often isolating and debilitating diseases.
In the not too distant future, Anthony will begin guest blogging for The Great Bowel Movement, a non-profit advocacy and awareness-raising organization that creates voice and agency for the estimated 1.2 million Americans living with Crohn's and ulcerative colitis - the two incurable autoimmune diseases collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Anthony earned his MEd in 2008 from Penn State, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Maryland in 2006. He is a proud band geek, having spent his formative college years marching with the Mighty Sound of Maryland in the KAOS section (the moniker bestowed upon the baritone and trombone section - some secrets cannot be revealed!).