Empowerment Starts Here

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The Case of the Academy and Women of Color (Ep31)

Empowerment Starts Here with Dr. Reshmi Dutt Ballerstadt (click here to listen).

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Ep31.The Case of the Academy and Women of ColorIn this case, Dr. Ballerstadt talks about Civility as a contested concept; about tone policing, about the culture of comfort and about the difference between safe spaces and brave spaces.

She also talks about what to do when junior faculty say they have experienced racism or sexism  She argues to not act shocked or express disbelief as this response only denies their reality and reinforces a reality that racism and sexism are not real.

In the close out of the call, I highlight two nuggets discussed in the conversation:  1) the difference between mentors and sponsors and 2) a need for a national conversation like the #MeToo movement that raises awareness to the racial violence experienced in the work place.

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Key Points Discussed:

  • Institutionalized racism and living in the questions of the research.
  • White progressive colleagues who talk about injustice but are unwilling to give up power.
  • Coded racism by the promotion/protection of traditions and institutional policies.
  • The danger of invisible structures that promote racism.
  • Denying racism all while arguing about reversed racism.
  • Shame and trauma experienced in higher education.
  • Young mother’s in the work place.

Notable Names Mentioned:

Resources and Links Mentioned in this Episode:

When We Speak:  Marginality and a Discourse in Civility (A collection of Essays)

Hot Commodities and Cheap Labor

The Sunken Place (A Personal Blog Post)

Other  ESHpodcast Episodes Mentioned

Ep10- The Case of Critical Literacy (with the informant Dr. Paul Thomas)

Ep12- The Case of the Social Change Organization (Solo)

Ep21- The Case of Family Secrets (with the informant Val Brown)

Ep26- The Case of Taking a Knee in Math (with the informant Marian Dingle)

Ep28- The Case of Integrity and Its Price (with the informant Sherita Love)

Ep30- The Case of Race and Dignity (with the informant Dr. Monique Liston)

Terms and Concepts Mentioned

  •  Race
  • Gender
  • Killjoy
  • Feminism
  • Institutionalized Racism
  • Marginalization
  • Social Justice
  • Cognitive Orientation
  • MeToo
  • Predominately White Institutions (PWIs)

The Full Link for the Episode…


Please visit our Episodes at a Glance page to get a full episode list for Seasons 1 and 2.

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