Brave Women of Color in Academics

Monday, March 02, 2020 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm

4-370, Building 4, Room 370 182 Memorial Drive Cambridge MA 02128

The new co-edited anthology, Counternarratives from Women of Color Academics: Bravery, Vulnerability, and Resistance contains essays and creative works by 28 women of color academics who redefine what it means to be successful in academia, who stand up against injustice in academia despite the risks, and who leverage their positions in university to advance diversity and inclusion in higher education. 

Academic bravery challenges the status quo, crosses boundaries and breaks new ground. In essence, being a brave academic entails refusing to prioritize self-serving interests at the expense of knowledge production and social justice. Rather than avoiding risky endeavors to protect one’s position and status, a brave academic uses her position, status and expertise to effectively advance knowledge and equity, despite the risks.

The anthology, and this panel, seeks to counter the discourse that women of color are solely tokens and victims of marginalization in academe. Women of color academics have leveraged their professional positions to challenge the status quo in their scholarship, teaching, service, activism, and leadership. By presenting reflexive work from various vantage points within and outside of the academy, contributors document the cultivation of mentoring relationships, the use of administrative roles to challenge institutional leadership, and more.

This panel will feature the co-editors of the anthology: Eric Grollman (University of Richmond) and Manya Whitaker (Colorado College) in addition to two contributors: Alessandra Bazo Vienrich (Davidson College) and Robbin Chapman (Harvard University). 

For additional information on this anthology, please see the press release and recent blog post.

Cosponsored by: Boston College Lynch School of Education and Human Development; MIT Women's and Gender Studies; Tufts Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Boston University Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; UMass Boston Africana Studies Department; UMass Boston Department of Anthropology; UMass Boston Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Alessandra Bazo Vienrich, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, Davidson College

Eric Grollman, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Richmond

Manya Whitaker, Associate Professor and Chair of Education, Colorado College

Robbin Chapman, Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Harvard Kennedy School


Saida Grundy, Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Boston University

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