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Counternarratives from Women of Color Academics
Bravery, Vulnerability, and Resistance

ISBN 9781138610903
Published July 3, 2018 by Routledge
186 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book documents the lived experiences of women of color academics who 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. Through an emphasis on the various ways in which women of color have succeeded in the academy—albeit with setbacks along the way—this volume aims to change the discourse surrounding women of color academics: from a focus on trauma and mere survival to a focus on courage and thriving.

Table of Contents


By Bianca Williams


Chapter 1: Introduction

By Manya C. Whitaker and Eric Anthony Grollman

PART I: Resisting Convention: Counternarratives to Conventional Norms and Practices in the Academy

Chapter 2: Leading as a Chicana Feminist in a Predominantly White Institution

By Yolanda Flores Niemann

Chapter 3: What Looks Like Bravery in the Academy: Reflections of an African-American Woman Engineer

By Gilda Barabino

Chapter 4: Being Brave in the Ivory Towers as "Zape-tah-hol-ah" (Sticks with Bow)

By Robin Zape-tah-hol-ah Starr Minthorn

Chapter 5: "Working the Cracks" in Academia and Beyond: Cultivating "Race" and Social Justice Convergence Spaces, Networks and Liberation Capital for Social Transformation in the Neoliberal University

By Nancy López

Chapter 6: Resisting Sexual Harassment in Academia

By Tayler J. Mathews

Chapter 7: Un-Disciplined: A Conversation Between Two Sisters Who Left Graduate School

By Aph Ko and Syl Ko

Chapter 8: "You’re Doing What?!?": Leaving Academia to Answer the Call

By Roxanna Harlow

PART II. Collective Resistance: Counternarratives to the Ethos of Individualistic Meritocracy in the Academy

Chapter 9: Love Note

By Robbin Chapman

Chapter 10: La Colectiva: Peer Mentoring on the Path to Thrival

By Mariela Nuñez-Janes, Amelia M. Kraehe, Alicia Re Cruz, Valerie Martinez-Ebers, Bertina H. Combes, and Andrea Silva

Chapter 11: Fiery Mind, Full Heart, Brave Soul: A Model for Women of Color to Thrive in Historically White Colleges and Universities

By Robbin Chapman

Chapter 12: Courageous Xicanas: Living Legacies of Comadrazgo in the Academy

By Kandace Creel Falcón

Chapter 13: "We Got You": What Raising Up the Next Generation of Scholar-Activists Has Taught Me

By Janelle M. Silva

Chapter 14: On the Wings of Communal Bravery

By Nelli Sargsyan

PART III. Embodied Resistance: Counternarratives to Hegemonic Identities in the Academy

Chapter 15: a letter for Auntie Lorde

By Aja Lenae Johnson

Chapter 16: On Being Powerfully Vulnerable and Why I Love My Black Woman’s Tears

By Kelsey Jones

Chapter 17: Vulnerability: The New Brave

By Natanya Ann Pulley

Chapter 18: Undocumented in the Ivory Tower

By Alessandra Bazo Vienrich

Chapter 19: A Latinx Testimonio of Motherhood in Academia

By Patricia Herrera

Chapter 20: On Desiderata

By Alta Mauro


By Archana A. Pathak

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Manya C. Whitaker is an assistant professor of Education at Colorado College, USA.

Eric Anthony Grollman is an assistant professor of Sociology at the University of Richmond, USA.