Joey Gaskins’ Story

JoeyJoey Gaskins Jr. was born on Grand Bahama Island in the Bahamas in 1986. As a child he displayed difficulties tying his shoes and adopting the right pen grip among other challenges, and found subjects like math, handwriting and spelling especially hard. In the Bahamas there were no resources for children with learning disabilities and thanks to the patience and dedication of his parents and a few teachers, Joey begun to excel at academics. Toward the end of his high school career, Joey was chosen to fill the prestigious position of Head Boy at the Freeport Anglican High School in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

After high school, Joey attended Ithaca College (IC), a small liberal arts school in Ithaca, NY. Though he originally applied to IC as a double International Business and Finance major, he found the heavy focus on math frustrating and also realized that business was not his passion. Eventually, he switched to a Politics degree after taking a Global Studies class. Not only did he find his passion but his grades improved significantly and he graduated Cum Laude in only three years (Fall 2003-Fall 2006). During his college tenure, he was awarded the Georgette and Wallace Groves Scholarship Award (Bahamas) and the President’s Scholar Award (Ithaca College), both for academic merit.

Joey left Ithaca to intern at the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, DC. He was brought on as full time staff and spent his time there helping students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities organize against discrimination.

Joey is currently studying at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he has attained his MSc in Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies. It is here that he was screened and diagnosed with “dyspraxic tendencies” after he found keeping up with the amount of reading, organizing his lengthy papers and editing his own writing, more and more difficult.

Undeterred, Joey has begun a Doctoral Degree in Sociology at LSE. Joey’s current academic research focuses on how political and religious discourses influence Bahamian society and individual identity. He volunteers with a London-based youth group in his spare time and also writes for the Bahamas Weekly, Nassau Liberal, and the Tribune. He has spoken on political and social issues in the United States, the Caribbean and the United Kingdom.