Finally, at the structural level, I would say, recognize that the current upheavals in higher education have implications for the lives of faculty women of color and for the "diversity" mission more generally. Beware of structural reforms that undermine faculty freedom of expression, that "casualize" faculty labor and increase vulnerability to bias. And I would argue that the "diversity" mission should not be seen as separate and distinct from the "excellence" mission of the university. We won't do ourselves or our women faculty of color any good unless we can explain how a diverse, fair and inclusive workforce is not just a good thing to have in the abstract, but how it is central to the purpose that higher education serves.
September, 2013 / Joan M. Ostrove
Marvin X rocks University of California, Black Arts Movement Conference: Don't Mess wit Kim, Leave Kim Alone!
While in Harlem for a reception in his honor, Marvin X told the folks that UC was stressing out Kim. We got Kim on the phone and a brother told her to stand tall because she was standing on the shoulders of the ancestors. The BAM conference begins at 9am on Saturday and runs through Sunday afternoon.