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Women of color in academia

As women of color in academia, we are often presumed incompetent, not because of our teaching, scholarship, or service, but because of our gender, sex, sexual orientation, color, race, national origin, ethnic group identification, citizenship status, accent, age, disability, religion, marital status, motherhood, and personhood.

Because our numbers are still kept disproportionately low in academic institutions, we are perceived as easy targets for discrimination and dismissal. We stand today to say we are united in our struggles to fight off violent attacks against our personhood, work and well-being, and vow to connect with others to assist and unite in raising our voices and demanding equal rights and justice.

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Wang Ping


Jennifer Vest

Poet, Activist, Scholar

Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde

Associate Professor

Cyra Akila Choudhury

Associate Professor

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  • Academia Is A Warzone (December 10, 2013)
    Warzone is the proper metaphor for the struggles of the marginalized in academia. A how-to to survive and help other oppressed peoples survive in a highly racist, sexist, ableist, etc. institution.
  • In Their Own Words: Academic Mobbing: Is Gender a Factor?
    Points out how women of color faculty are often the target of emotional abuse by teams of people in the work place. Shows how to recognize these abuses and what can be done about it.
  • Civility/Incivility in the College Classroom
    A page of resources and readings on recognizing uncivil behavior, the factors involved, and suggested responses to such a phenomenon from the Michigan State University.

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  • Ping Wang v. Macalester College (Feb. 19 2013)
    Ping Wang fought her university for years starting with her bid for tenure. She settled in her lawsuit against the Macalester for discrimination. This article shows the many ways one may be attacked, even post tenure, but also how to fight off such harassment and aggression.
  • Shannon Gibney (and associates) v. Minneapolis Community and Technical College (December 3, 2013)
    Shannon Gibney, with six other professors, filed an anti-discrimination lawsuit against Minneapolis Community and Technical College. This follows a very high profile incident where Gibney was reprimanded for speaking on race in the classroom that offended three white students.

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  • Don Nakanishi v. UCLA (December 20, 1988)
    Largely regarded as a landmark movement in academia, Education professor, Don Nakanishi, garnered support from students, faculty, politicians, and community members in a three-year battle for tenure at UCLA. Represented by acclaimed attorney, Dale Minami, UCLA chancellor ultimate granted tenure to Professor Nakanishi, thus avoiding trial.
  • saveVnow (May 13, 2013)
    This short video documents the success of a highly publicised movement supported by students, faculty, community members, and administrators that ultimately granted tenure for Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde, professor of Asian American Studies, after appeal.
  • Academic Blogging: Minority Scholars Cannot Afford to Be Silent (April 30, 2012)
    Article advocates for minor scholar bloggers to use their unique outlets to write of prevalent issues, even as their words may go under attack by those inside and outside the academy.

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