Presumed Incompetent: Race, Gender and Class in Academia
Facilitator: Carmen Gonzalez
How do race and gender stereotypes affect perceptions of competence in the academic workplace?
Why do academics from the working class feel pressure to "pass" as middle or upper class?
Why should the growing corporatization of academia be of particular concern to women of color?
can be done to increase the hiring, tenure, promotion, retention and
inclusion of women of color and other underrepresented groups?
academia's professed commitment to meritocracy and diversity, female
faculty of color continue to be underrepresented in the nation's
colleges and universities. The problem is
particularly glaring because thirty percent of the nation's students
are of color, and the next generation will be majority minority. This
workshop examines the obstacles that female faculty of color encounter
on the road to tenure and beyond, and provides
strategies that can be used by women of color, by allies, and by
academic leaders to address institutionalized bias and to create a more
equitable and inclusive campus environment.
G. Gonzalez is a Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law,
who writes in the areas of international environmental law,
environmental justice, trade and
the environment, and food security. After graduating from Yale
University and Harvard Law School, she clerked for Judge Thelton E.
Henderson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of
California, and practiced law at Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro,
where she specialized in environmental litigation. She later served as
an attorney at Pacific Gas and Electric Company and as Assistant
Regional Counsel in the San Francisco office of the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA). Professor Gonzalez was a
Fulbright Scholar in Argentina, a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow, and a
Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. She is
the co-editor (with Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, Yolanda Flores Niemann,
and Angela P. Harris) of Presumed Incompetent:
The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia.