I would like to thank my brother Michał Krawczyk and his wife Gracjana Krawczyk, my sister Kornelia Nierobisch and her husband Ryszard Nierobisch for their motivation and support. Unfortunately, death took Ryszard before he was able to see this work published.
I would like to thank my niece Tatiana Krawczyk, my nephews: Tymoteusz Krawczyk and Carsten Nierobisch, and my Goddaughter Dominika Frączek for their smiles and thinking about me during the writing process.
I would like to thank my dear friends: Aleksandra Kwiecień, Jadwiga Milewska-Connolly, Aneta Kalicka, Joanna Dyzio, Br. Julian Miller, Brian Dunn, Marius Zakarauskas, and my dear graduate studies’ friends: Dr. Michelle Saenz-Adames, Dr. Ashley Ryan, Dr. Su-Jin Choi, Dr. Loretta Wideman, Dr. Lihua Zhang, and Jennifer Green for their listening ears and words of encouragement.
I would like to thank my doctoral studies professors: Dr. Karin Wiburg, Dr. David Rutledge, Dr. Patricia MacGregor-Mendoza, Dr. Lilian Rogers de Cibils, and Dr. Oakley Hadfield for their patience, guidance and encouraging me to move forward.
I would like to thank Dr. Donaldo Macedo from the University of Massachusetts in Boston for believing in me and “fishing me out of the crowd” to believe and encourage me to do doctoral studies.
I would like to thank all of the University of Massachusetts faculty and staff in Boston for teaching me about progressive multicultural education and all of the New Mexico State University faculty and staff in Las Cruces for teaching me how to think and write critically about education.
I would also like to thank the five participants of this work, as without you ladies, this book would not be written.
Finally, I would like to thank my friend Amanda for her special support and Dr. Stacey Duncan, Brady Richards, and Gaspard Mucundanyi for editing this study.
I appreciate all of you for being there for me!