Readings for Sister to Sister Workshop:
- Toward a New Vision: Race, Class, and Gender as Categories of Analysis and Connection – Patricia Hill Collins
- Navigating the Academic Terrain: The Racial and Gender Politics of Elusive Belonging – Linda Trinh Vu
The Sister-to- Sister committee’s primary goal is to support women of color in the academy in various ways. To this end, Sister-to- Sister supports networking and mentoring relationships across racial/ethnic lines for women of color; allows members to engage in dialogue; provides an avenue for graduate students to discuss their concerns around issues of discrimination and inclusion within SWS; and aims to be a space for personal and professional support for members confronting discrimination in their respective institutions. The committee is proactive in involving graduate students and faculty at all levels. To fulfill this purpose, the committee adopts an intersectional lens to discuss and confront discrimination and exclusion faced by women of color within SWS, and in the academy in general.
Actions & Activities
At the winter and summer annual meetings, attending members are urged to share their concerns as well as goals for the committee. The committee then strategizes how to address these matters. The committee offers workshops and panels at the winter and summer annual meetings. Recent workshops, for example, have focused on ways in which to make SWS more inclusive for scholars of color, the needs of junior faculty and graduate students within the organization, and the ways in which to navigate the academy, and home institutions, at various career stages.
The committee also administers the prestigious Chow-Green Women of Color Dissertation Scholarship (established February 2007). The primary purposes of the Chow-Green Award are:
- To offer support to women scholars who are from underrepresented groups, and are studying concerns women of color face domestically and/or internationally.
- To increase the participation of students of color in SWS.
Resources – Articles, Reports, etc.
- Information about the Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Scholarship is available online and as a PDF. Please direct all scholarship applications and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Road to Tenure: Some Advice for Women of Color Junior Faculty (.pdf) resource sheet from Summer 2011.
- Collins, P. (1993). Toward a New Vision: Race, Class, and Gender as Categories of Analysis and Connection. Race, Sex & Class, (1), 25-45.
- Linda Trinh Vu. (2012). “Navigating the Academic Terrain: The Racial and Gender Politics of Elusive Belonging” in Gutierrez y Muhs, Gabriella, and Niemann, Yolanda Flores, and Gonzalez, Carmen G., and Harris, Angela P. edited Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press.
- De Welde, Kris and Andi Stepnick. (2014). Disrupting the Culture of Silence: Confronting Gender Inequality and Making Change in the Academy. Stylus Publishing.
- Margolis, E., & Romero, M. (1998). “The department is very male, very White, very old, and very conservative”: The functioning of the hidden curriculum in graduate sociology departments. Harvard Educational Review, 68(1), 1-33.
- Solorzano, D. G., & Yosso, T. J. (2001). Critical race and LatCrit theory and method: Counter-storytelling. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 14(4), 471-495.
- Thomas, G. D., & Hollenshead, C. (2001). Resisting from the margins: The coping strategies of Black women and other women of color faculty members at a research university. Journal of Negro Education, 166-175.
- Turner, C. S. V. (2002). Women of color in academe: Living with multiple marginality. The Journal of Higher Education, 73(1), 74-93.
Since 2009 when I was awarded the Chow-Green award, I have cultivated a robust professional home within SWS. It did not take long for SWS members, especially the sister-to-sister committee, to recognize my enthusiasm for becoming an active member. Since then, I have experienced a steady stream of inspiration and validation well beyond funding my dissertation research. At summer and winter meetings, I have the privileged opportunity to meet with feminist colleagues at all ranks from all over the U.S. and abroad, greatly benefitting from their support, encouragement, and knowledge. I have also developed life-long bonds with several of the other Chow-Green award recipients, and it has been a true honor to transition together from graduate student members to faculty members of SWS. Service to SWS as co-chair for Sister-to-Sister has been a meaningful and symbolic experience for me, especially as an early career assistant professor. To serve in this position signals to me that SWS continues to believe I have something to offer to the organization. For the past two years as co-chair, I have utilized my deep connection and dedication to cross-racial/ethnic feminist mentoring to ground and motivate all my actions within SWS. I have been honored to support and mentor other SWS members in the same meaningful ways past co-chairs of Sister-to-Sister have done for me.