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African American Women in Academia: Intersectionality of Race and Gender

African American Women in Academia: Intersectionality of Race and Gender

Session Description

African American Women face a variety of issues in the academy, community and society. The strength of this group often lies in sisterhood as to many the saying “you are your sister’s keeper” rings true. This partnership presentation addresses the concerns of African American Women in academia at the micro, mezzo and macro levels that can be used as the foundation to develop policies and intervention strategies assist on their journey. Theoretical perspectives and practices are also explored that have impacted African American women in academia related to their individual and collective experiences. Also, literature that provides a clear understanding of the intersectionality of being Black and a Woman are explored.

African American women employed in academia must balance perceived roles related to being Black and a woman. This is a difficult balancing act for many due to the systemic racism and gender bias that exist within the institutions along with those that exist in society as a whole. The presenters describe a variety of circumstances that have impacted their perceptions related to the academic experiences. It is imperative that African American women to learn how to successfully navigate systems and uncomfortable situations that occur within the academy. It is the responsibility of those who understand the academic process and have been successful in addressing issues that arise to reach back and assist those that will follow. They must continue to lift as they climb!

Gadling-Cole, C. (2021). African American Women in Academia: Intersectionality of Race and Gender. Nova Sciences Publishers.

Learning Objectives

  1. Provide a clear understanding of the intersectionality of being Black and a Woman.

  2. Explore theoretical perspectives and practices that have impacted African American women in academia related to their individual and collective experiences.

  3. Describe a variety of circumstances that have impacted African American Women’s perceptions related to academic experiences.

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