Taking Our Space: Women of Color and Antiracism in the Legal Academy
6 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2021 Last revised: 16 Mar 2021
Date Written: February 16, 2021
Anti-racism calls us to work toward ending racial hatred, bias, systemic racism, and the oppression of marginalized groups. For many of us working in higher education leadership, this means that we are actively creating space for marginalized voices both in classrooms and through research. But who should be included is not always a question with a clear answer. Additionally, because of the complexity of identity, not all members of a marginalized community may express themselves in a monothetic way. This essay examines such a group possessing a complex identity – Indigenous people, from my personal lived experience. The essay explores how Native identity intersects with higher education leadership in complex ways. Ultimately, while Native identity within the United States is complicated, we should not shy away from these conversations about identity, as our communities and institutions are ultimately better following such critical examination.
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