The Women of Color in Academia at Cal State San Bernardino will host a free virtual CSU-wide symposium on Tuesday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (PDT).

The panelists will share research findings that center the intersectional experiences of Black, Indigenous and Women of Color (BIWOC) faculty, discuss strategies to interrupt heteropatriarchal systems in higher education, and move toward healing as BIWOC faculty.

To register for the Women of Color in Academia Symposium, which is sponsored by the CSUSB Office of Academic Personnel, visit the Women of Color in Academia CSU Symposium webpage.

The four panelists include:

  • Kimberly Griffin, professor in the Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy Program at the University of Maryland, and associate dean for Graduate Studies and Faculty Affairs in the College of Education. Her scholarship focuses on diversity within the Black community; mentoring and professional development; and equity and inclusion in graduate and faculty communities. She currently serves as the editor for The Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.
  • Leslie D. Gonzales, associate professor in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Learning unit at Michigan State University in the College of Education. She studies the academic profession, particularly the evaluation of scholars and their scholarship with a specific interest in understanding how evaluation norms and practices mediate opportunity for historically underrepresented individuals. She serves as the Faculty Excellence Advocate in the College of Education at MSU and is an associate editor at the Review of Higher Education.
  • Lissa D. Ramirez-Stapleton, an associate professor at California State University, Northridge in the Department of Deaf Studies and core faculty for the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program. Her research focuses on equity and access, identity development, and the educational history of deaf students, faculty and staff with a particular interest in the intersections of race, gender and disability. She is the chair elect for the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Council on Ethnic Participation and a member of the National Black Deaf Advocates.
  • Yvette J. Saavedra, assistant professor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Oregon. She is a historian whose specializations include U.S. History, Borderlands History, Chicanx History, and Gender and Sexuality History. Her research examines the development of race masculinity, femininity, sexuality and power, within colonialism and nationalism in the 19th Century U.S./Mexico Borderlands. She has published on topics ranging from Chicana Feminism, Chicana/o History, LGBTQ History, U.S. History, and Borderlands History. Saavedra serves as the chair of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social /Women Active in Letters and Social Change (MALCS).

The Women of Color in Academia at CSUSB, which was established in fall 2016, was created to converge teaching, research and social action, as well as to make a space in which women-of-color faculty can discuss these aspects of their professional careers through an intersectional perspective.

Women of Color in Academia panel