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SWS Council Votes to Oppose Ghana’s Public University Bill

Petition Against Public University Bill

Ghana Studies Association

an international affiliate of the African Studies Association

Please Click HERE for more information on the Ghana Studies Association website.

WE OPPOSE GHANA’S PUBLIC UNIVERSITY BILL

[SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN]

We, the undersigned, are scholars based in Ghana and all across the world who are horrified at the intention of the Ghanaian government to pass the Public University Bill. This draconian bill, which seeks to hand over control of tertiary education to the Executive Branch of the Government of Ghana, is a reversal of several decades of progress made by Ghana as an independent, democratic nation.

We hereby join the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Ghana Studies Association, and other members of the Ghanaian academia and public in calling for the complete rejection of a bill that is unconstitutional, unjustified, and harmful to the mission of public universities.

It is unclear the specific problem the bill seeks to solve that cannot be addressed with existing laws or with broad-based consultation with the universities themselves.  Rather than speaking to the challenges faced by public universities in Ghana (including lack of government funding and the lack of capacity to absorb increasing demand), the  bill proposes changes that are inimical to the development of tertiary education in Ghana, and that will negatively affect students, scholars, researchers, and international collaboration.

Among other harmful changes, the bill seeks to

  • bring University Councils under the control of the Executive by handing majority representation to the Executive arm of government, in contravention of the constitution of the Republic of Ghana;
  • diminish the autonomy and capacity of public universities to respond to changing research priorities, funding opportunities, and student and faculty needs in dynamic national and global contexts;
  • give the Sector Minister undue influence over the day-to-day management of the universities.

We are disappointed that a government that should allow intellectual work to thrive independently would instead seek to crush academic freedom, which is explicitly protected under the Constitution. Ghana’s Fourth Republic has been one of the most vibrant in Africa. This bill undermines that legacy.

We conclude by asking the Executive to withdraw the bill; failing this, Parliament should exercise its independence of the Executive by rejecting it outright.

[Click on this link or this URL: https://forms.gle/85pktgdUNNJdmjzC7  to add your signature.

The petition has garnered 2,500+ signatures from university faculty and administrators, students, and concerned citizens in Ghana and around the world.]

MORE INFORMATION ON THE PUB

See the GSA statement for further explanation of why the bill is being rejected as unconstitutional, unnecessary and harmful to the future of higher education.

**Download the PUB Factsheet for more information on why there is such strenuous opposition to the Bill. The factsheet also provides links to news items related to the Bill and answers frequently asked questions.

WE OPPOSE GHANA’S PUBLIC UNIVERSITY BILL

[SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN]

We, the undersigned, are scholars based in Ghana and all across the world who are horrified at the intention of the Ghanaian government to pass the Public University Bill. This draconian bill, which seeks to hand over control of tertiary education to the Executive Branch of the Government of Ghana, is a reversal of several decades of progress made by Ghana as an independent, democratic nation.

We hereby join the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Ghana Studies Association, and other members of the Ghanaian academia and public in calling for the complete rejection of a bill that is unconstitutional, unjustified, and harmful to the mission of public universities.

It is unclear the specific problem the bill seeks to solve that cannot be addressed with existing laws or with broad-based consultation with the universities themselves.  Rather than speaking to the challenges faced by public universities in Ghana (including lack of government funding and the lack of capacity to absorb increasing demand), the  bill proposes changes that are inimical to the development of tertiary education in Ghana, and that will negatively affect students, scholars, researchers, and international collaboration.

Among other harmful changes, the bill seeks to

  • bring University Councils under the control of the Executive by handing majority representation to the Executive arm of government, in contravention of the constitution of the Republic of Ghana;
  • diminish the autonomy and capacity of public universities to respond to changing research priorities, funding opportunities, and student and faculty needs in dynamic national and global contexts;
  • give the Sector Minister undue influence over the day-to-day management of the universities.

We are disappointed that a government that should allow intellectual work to thrive independently would instead seek to crush academic freedom, which is explicitly protected under the Constitution. Ghana’s Fourth Republic has been one of the most vibrant in Africa. This bill undermines that legacy.

We conclude by asking the Executive to withdraw the bill; failing this, Parliament should exercise its independence of the Executive by rejecting it outright.

[Click on this link or this URL: https://forms.gle/85pktgdUNNJdmjzC7  to add your signature.

The petition has garnered 2,500+ signatures from university faculty and administrators, students, and concerned citizens in Ghana and around the world.]

MORE INFORMATION ON THE PUB

See the GSA statement for further explanation of why the bill is being rejected as unconstitutional, unnecessary and harmful to the future of higher education.

**Download the PUB Factsheet for more information on why there is such strenuous opposition to the Bill. The factsheet also provides links to news items related to the Bill and answers frequently asked questions.

 

Announcing the 2020 Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Dissertation Scholarship Award Winner: Carmela M. Roybal

Congratulations to the 2020 Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Dissertation Scholarship Award Winner: Carmela M. Roybal

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Sociologists for Women in Society first established the Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Dissertation Scholarship at its annual meeting in February 2007. The primary purposes of the scholarship are: (1) To offer support to women of color scholars who are from underrepresented groups and are studying concerns that women of color face domestically and/or internationally and (2) To increase the network and participation of students and professionals of color in SWS and beyond. The award is named after Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green to acknowledge the contributions of these two SWS members who played an integral role in making SWS more inclusive of women of color. The awardee receives an $18,000 scholarship.

Carmela M. Roybal “Than Povi” is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of New Mexico. Her specialties include: medical sociology, bioethics, and public health with a focus on the study of race, gender, ethnicity, discrimination and health disparities. Her research uses intersectionality as a tool for examining racialized and gendered inequalities in health, with an emphasis on Indigenous peoples of the United States and globally.

Born and raised in New Mexico, land, culture, and language, are all an integral part of Carmela’s existence. Carmela calls Ohkay Owingeh (Land of the Strong) Pueblo and the Embudo Valley her home. In addition, she is a descendent of Sakonaekwaeku’i’e Owingeh, and the genízaros and Mexicanos of the Northern Rio Grande Valley.

Her dissertation, “Intersectionality and Lived Experiences of Inequality: Intergenerational Addiction, Opioid Use, and the Constrained Choices of Women Caregivers in Rural New Mexico,” is an intersectional knowledge project guided by attention to the simultaneity of structural inequalities, such as settler colonialism, structural racism, racialized capitalism, and heteropatriarchy, all of which shape women’s lives. Through a decolonial lens, her research will take an intersectional approach to understanding the health and social inequalities experienced by women living through an opioid epidemic. She examines the lived experience of Native American, Latina, and White women as they navigate a family addiction, constrained choices, and layers of overlapping inequalities in housing, employment and health. Through centering the voices of women, Carmela provides not only theoretical and empirical contributions to the racialized and gendered dynamics of oppression and resistance, but she also builds the foundation for policy change and action. It is her hope that this study also changes the conversation about the fundamental causes of childhood traumas, addiction, and opioid misuse and shapes solutions through equity-based policies and practices that center women’s lives.

Carmela intends on utilizing the funds and time the award will afford her to publish peer- reviewed papers, which will disseminate findings on women’s health, sociological research, and leadership roles as they pertain to gender. Her long-term career goal is to become a public scholar and a critical voice for Indigenous peoples. She hopes to bring awareness to women’s health for lasting change, cultural longevity, and community healing. She plans to develop innovative decolonial and antiracist interventions for mental health and addiction, specifically for marginalized populations, communities of color, and tribal peoples.

Kunda Wo’ha’/Special thanks to the Co-Chairs of the Sister to Sister Committee: Sasha R. Drummond-Lewis and LaTonya Trotter, and to the Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Dissertation Scholarship Award Subcommittee members, Tracy Ore and Melissa Abad.

Carmela wishes to extend Kunda Wo’ha/Special thanks to her children Esai C. Morales Roybal, Benjamin T. Morales Roybal, and Nizhoni T. Morales Roybal.

SWS will be honoring Carmela via a Virtual Awards Presentation. Pre-registration is required. Please click here to register for the Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Dissertation Scholarship Announcement taking place on July 16, 2020 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time. If you are interested in making a gift to support the Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Dissertation Scholarship, please contact Barret Katuna, Executive Officer, at swseo.barretkatuna@outlook.com. You can also make a gift online, by clicking here.

SWS Council Votes to Endorse Efforts of BNHR to Implement Changes in El Paso Police Department 

Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR), Coalition of Organizations, Calls for El Paso City Officials to Demand Police Chief Gregg Allen’s Resignation and Immediately Implement Changes in EPPD

The group seeks accountability for acts of abuse, misconduct and even unjustified killings and invites public support to pressure the city officials for rapid action

Border Network for Human Rights, along with 14 local organizations, are launching a community petition calling for El Paso City Council to give a vote of no confidence to Police Chief Greg Allen, asking for his resignation, demanding accountability and immediate changes to the El Paso Police Department (EPPD). The EPPD has a long and troubled history of abuse and misconduct. The 2015 killing of Erik Salas-Sanchez at the hands of a police officer has still gone unpunished.

“El Paso communities have had enough. We are joining in the spirit of the Black Lives Matter movement by calling for police accountability in our own city. For the past ten years, all under Chief Greg Allen’s direction, EPPD officers have gotten away with brutal, unnecessary attacks, abuse of power, and misconduct practices.  We refuse to overlook their double standard of punishing the community and the poor, but not the agents who are killing and harassing El Pasoans.  We will no longer accept the culture of impunity that has created a systemic problem within the EPPD.  It’s time for an overhaul. The City of El  Paso must make Police Chief Allen accountable and give him a vote of no confidence, ask him to resign, and implement needed reforms to the department now,” said Fernando García, Executive Director of the BNHR.

The coalition is spelling out the needed reforms in a set of demands that are part of a new Justicia for El Paso: Police Change Now campaign. The campaign’s main demands are:

  • The City of El Paso needs to stop defending police officers who have killed El Pasoans, and instead focus its resources and efforts to bring justice to the families of those who have suffered death and abuse by the EPPD.
  • The City of El Paso needs to create an independent review commission with investigative and subpoena powers to help regulate the EPP.
  • The police department (EPPD) and the City of El Paso,  needs to adopt a community-centered policing model and end the “us against them” police model.
  • Police Chief Greg Allen must go. The City of El Paso must give a vote of no confidence to Police Chief Greg Allen and ask for his resignation. The time for change has arrived!

“We lost Erik more than five years ago to police violence.  He was unarmed and in our own home when he was shot in the back by El Paso police.  When he was shot, he was not committing any crime – he was in his own house. My parents have tried to seek justice in the courts and are continuing that fight to make sure this does not happen to other families.  We appreciate the broader community’s interest in what happened to our family and effort to prevent other families suffering the way we have suffered”, expressed Nora Salas-Sanchez, Erik’s twin sister, on behalf of their family.

BNHR and the allied organizations will seek public support for these reforms, by collecting thousands signatures from community members and other entities who have witnessed EPPD’s abuses and deadly interactions with residents, particularly communities of color and immigrants.  The petition is available here.

“El Paso is a special city, but we are not immune to the problems perpetrated by a system rooted in racism and white supremacy; we have to acknowledge this and we have to call on our city’s leaders to do better. The change we want to see across the country starts with seeing it right here at home. We’re proud to stand with the Border Network for Human Rights and all of these organizations in this fight”, expressed J.J. Martínez, President of El Paso Young Democrats.
Today’s protest is the first of a series of demonstrations that BNHR and the supporting community members and organizations will continue to hold every Tuesday.  Martes de Justicia, or Tuesdays of Justice, is the opportunity in which groups will gather to voice these demands in front of the City Hall and the El Paso Police Department.  Protests will continue indefinitely, until the campaign’s demands are met.

 

 

Please Click HERE to go to the website with more information.

 

Announcing the 2020 SWS Barbara Rosenblum Cancer Dissertation Scholarship Winner: Aisha Abimbola Adaranijo

Congratulations to the 2020 SWS Barbara Rosenblum Cancer Dissertation Scholarship Winner

Aisha Abimbola Adaranijo

SWS

Photo of Aisha Abimbola Adaranijo

Sociologists for Women in Society is proud to announce the recipient of the 2020 Barbara Rosenblum Cancer Dissertation Scholarship, Aisha Abimbola Adaranijo. Special thanks go to the 2020 Barbara Rosenblum Cancer Dissertation Scholarship Subcommittee: Eleanor Miller (Chair), Jean Elson, Gloria Gadsden, Melissa Day, and Ana Porroche-Escudero. This scholarship was established with a bequest from Barbara Rosenblum, an active and longstanding SWS member, who died February 14, 1988 after a long battle with breast cancer. Colleagues, friends, and family made contributions to the fund in Barbara’s memory, and fundraising efforts continue to ensure that a $2500 scholarship can be offered every year. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage doctoral research in sociology, anthropology, psychology and related fields on women’s experience of breast cancer and other reproductive cancers and the prevention of these cancers. Another goal of the scholarship is to encourage scholars to make this type of research accessible to the public through speaking and publishing for lay audiences.

Aisha is on a mission to make the indigenous African woman’s voice heard. Trained as a Sociologist, with a Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH), she has over 15 years of experience as a developmental worker and researcher, holding positions as programme officer, assistant programme manager, and senior programme manager. Aisha’s focus has been on the most vulnerable populations in Nigeria which include children under the age of 5, young girls, drug users, sex workers, people living with HIV and the LGTB community. Aisha’s works resonate around the formulation of policy documents, planning and implementation of interventional projects on the ethics and rights of vulnerable groups to research, reproductive health for young adults, women and LGTB communities, and the empowerment of child and family welfare and protection. Currently, a Ph.D. candidate at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, conducting a novel qualitative study of the lived experience of women with breast cancer in Nigeria, a country in West Africa. Indigenous African women studies telling their own stories especially within health research is often insufficient in Africa. Aisha is committed to raising the voices of women in all forms particularly within the research and educational communities.

Aisha’s main interests are gender and sexuality studies, culture, theory and research, reproductive health and identity development. Aisha’s and her team’s works have appeared in Developing World Bioethics (2012), Microbicide Conference, Australia (2012), Multipurpose Prevention Symposium (2011), AIDS Impact conference, USA, (2011) and UNAIDS’s Good Participatory Practice (GPP) document, UNDP Lagos Municipal Action Plan for HIV/ AIDS for Most at Risk Population. Previous studies include Society’s Perception of HIV/AIDS in Kano metropolis, (2002), Parental Roles in Sexuality Education of Adolescents (2010), Qualitative Research: An appraisal (2014).

In a review of literature from Nigeria, research usually concentrates on issues such as knowledge, attitude and practice, morbidity/mortality rates, incidence and prevalence etc., a situation that could be attributed to the dominance of such studies by biomedical researchers. The social-cultural dimensions and the subjective experiences of having breast cancer are usually not considered. Yet, the culture and subjective factors are critical in defining and evaluating treatment options, help seeking behavior as well as subsequent living with the disease.

Aisha’s study seeks to explore these factors from the perspective of a developing country. Aisha’s dissertation research examines the social context of living with breast cancer for women in Lokoja, Kogi State. With regards to the study concerning women with breast cancer at the Federal Medical Centre Lokoja, the specific objectives are: to explore the meaning of living with breast cancer (LWBC), to explore the lived experience of WLBC, to examine how socio-demographic factors affect WLBC, to explore the medical and socio-psychological consequences of LWBC, and examine the roles of health practitioners in the lived experience of WLBC.

SWS will be honoring Aisha via a Virtual Awards Presentation. Pre-registration is required. Please click here to register for the Rosenblum Award Announcement taking place on July 9, 2020 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time. If you are interested in making a gift to support the Barbara Rosenblum Cancer Dissertation Scholarship, please contact Barret Katuna, Executive Officer, at swseo.barretkatuna@outlook.com. You can also make a gift online, by clicking here.

Media Spotlight on Andrea (Drea) S. Boyles, SWS Secretary

 

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Dr. Andrea (Drea) S. Boyles 

The work and insights of SWS Secretary, Dr. Andrea (Drea) S. Boyles, are being widely featured in a variety of media outlets. Dr. Boyles’ research areas/interests are the intersections of race, gender, and class; police-citizen relations; neighborhood disadvantage and disorder; community resilience and collective action; and qualitative methods/ethnography.

Dr. Boyles is also author of books You Can’t Stop the Revolution:  Community Disorder and Social Ties in Post-Ferguson America and Race, Place, and Suburban Policing: Too Close for Comfort with the University of California Press.

Andrea “Drea” S. Boyles, https://drandreasboyles.com/

 

BLACK FEMINIST SCHOLARS 

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(Photo Description: Group of Black women sitting at a conference table having a conversation with laptops; Photo Credit: Christina@wocintechchat.com)

BLACK FEMINIST SCHOLARS 

SWS centers and promotes the Black movement/resistance. The following list highlights Black feminist thoughts, work, expertise, and voices. SWS members have provided the following list of Black Scholars to center during this time of protests, attention to systemic racism, and white supremacy. 

If you would like to add to this list, please email Barret Katuna, SWS Executive Officer, at swseo.barretkatuna@outlook.com

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List Updated on September 17, 2020 

Katie Acosta, https://sociology.gsu.edu/profile/assistant-professor/

Alishia Alexander, https://sociology.illinois.edu/directory/profile/alishia2

Michelle Alexander, https://newjimcrow.com/about-the-author

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in Age of Colorblindness 

Brenda J. Allen, https://clas.ucdenver.edu/communication/brenda-j-allen-phd

Shaonta E. Allen, https://shaontathesociologist.com

Jessica Ayo Alabi, https://www.asccc.org/category/discipline/sociology

Carol Anderson, https://www.professorcarolanderson.org

  • White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide (Bloomsbury Adult, 2017)

Alexia Angton, https://soc.iastate.edu/directory/alexia-angton/

Christobel Asiedu, https://liberalarts.latech.edu/faculty-staff-directory/single-entry/name/christobel-asiedu/

Celeste Atkins, https://atkinsc.com

Regina S. Baker, http://www.reginasmallsbaker.com

Brittany Battle, https://www.brittanypbattle.com

  • The Slavery, Race, & Memory Project: Virtual Public Conversation: The Roots of Unrest: Addressing Racialized Police Violence – June 30, 2020 from 6-7:30 pm featuring Brittany Battle, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Wake Forest University

Nishaun Battle, http://www.sola.vsu.edu/departments/sociology/people/nishaun-battle.php

  • Black Girlhood, Punishment, and Resistance: Reimagining Justice for Black Girls in Virginia (Routledge, 2019) 

Jean Beamanhttps://www.soc.ucsb.edu/faculty/jean-beaman

Joyce Bell, https://sociology.uchicago.edu/directory/joyce-bell

Josephine Beoku-Betts, https://www.fau.edu/artsandletters/wgss/dr.beoku-betts/

Dereca Blackmon, https://inclusiondesign.com/who-we-are/

Andrea “Drea” S. Boyles, https://drandreasboyles.com/

Enobong (Anna) Branch, https://diversity.rutgers.edu/about/staff/enobong-anna-branch

  • Black in America: The Paradox of the Color Line (Polity 2020)
  • Pathways, Potholes, and the Persistence of Women in Science: Reconsidering the Pipeline (Lexington Books 2016)
  • Opportunity Denied: Limiting Black Women to Devalued Work (Rutgers University Press 2011) 

Mia Brantley, https://chip.sc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Mia-Brantley-CV.pdf

Khiara Bridges, https://www.law.berkeley.edu/our-faculty/faculty-profiles/khiara-bridges/

Karida Brown, https://soc.ucla.edu/faculty/karida-l-brown

Kenly Brown, https://www.crg.berkeley.edu/grant-recipient/kenly-brown/

Shantel Buggs, https://shantelgbuggs.com

Nicole Burrowes, https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/aads/faculty/nb8544

  • Building the World We Want to See: A Herstory of Sista II Sista and the Struggle against State and Interpersonal Violence

Charlene Carruthers, https://www.charlenecarruthers.com

  • Unapologetic : A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements (Beacon Press, 2018)

Felicia Casanova, https://sociology.as.miami.edu/_assets/pdf/felicia-cassanova-cv.pdf

Jennifer Casper, https://sociology.missouri.edu/people/casper

Marcia Chatelain,  https://gufaculty360.georgetown.edu/s/contact/00336000014RhMmAAK/marcia-chatelain

  • Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America (Liveright, 2020) 
  • South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration (Duke University Press, 2015) 

Jennifer Cobbina, https://www.jennifercobbina.com/books/

  • Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Why the Protests in Baltimore and Ferguson Matter, and How They Changed America (NYU Press, 2019) 

Brittany Cooper, https://www.freshspeakers.com/speakers/brittney-cooper/

  • Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower (St. Martin’s Press, 2018)
  • Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women (University of Illinois Press, 2017) 

Latoya Council, https://dornsife.usc.edu/cf/soci/soci_student_display.cfm?Person_ID=1056258

Lisa Covington, https://clas.stage.drupal.uiowa.edu/sociology/people/lisa-covington

Ania Craig, http://humsci.auburn.edu/hdfs/grad/bios/a_craig.php

Kimberlé W. Crenshaw, https://www.law.columbia.edu/faculty/kimberle-w-crenshaw

  • Police brutality and police overreach/over-policing generally and the #SayHerName movement

Angela Davis, https://www.speakoutnow.org/speaker/davis-angela

Shardé M. Davis, https://comm.uconn.edu/person/sharde-m-davis/

Faith Deckard, https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/sociology/graduate/gradstudents/profile.php?id=fmd344

Zaire Dinzey Flores, https://latcar.rutgers.edu/people/core-faculty/47-zaire-dinzey-flores

Dre Domingue, https://www.davidson.edu/people/dre-domingue

  • Stephanie Y. Evans, Andrea Dominigue, and Tania D. Mitchell (eds.), Black Women and Social Justice Education: Legacies and Lessons, SUNY Press, 2019.

Dawn Dow, https://socy.umd.edu/facultyprofile/dow/dawn

  • Mothering While Black: The Boundaries and Burdens of Middle-Class Parenthood (2019, University of California Press).

Sasha Drummond-Lewis, https://www.umflint.edu/sac/faculty-and-staff

Tracy L. Dumas, https://fisher.osu.edu/people/dumas.35

Marlese Durr, https://liberal-arts.wright.edu/about/profile/marlese-durr

Stephanie Y. Evans, https://cas.gsu.edu/profile/stephanie-y-evans/

  • Stephanie Y. Evans, Andrea Dominigue, and Tania D. Mitchell (eds.), Black Women and Social Justice Education: Legacies and Lessons, SUNY Press, 2019.

Crystal Fleming,

https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/sociology/people/faculty/fleming.php

  • How to be Less Stupid About Race

Brittany Friedman, https://sociology.rutgers.edu/people/faculty/core-department-faculty/826-friedman-brittany-2

www.brittanyfriedman.com

Gloria Gadsden, https://www.socialmomentsjournal.com

Kelly Giles, https://www.umass.edu/sociology/users/kgiles

Carla Goar, https://www.kent.edu/node/carla-goar

Jamella Gow, https://migrationinitiative.ucsb.edu/people/jamella-gow

Debbie Griffith, http://frontdoor.valenciacollege.edu/faculty.cfm;jsessionid=A3D706245D045342D2C9D3EDA2D67476.cfusion?uid=DGriffith1&CFID=20531148&CFTOKEN=6345d8915d428e79-73020F0F-BE0F-FA96-441374889F8C8A94

Shaquilla Harrigan, https://www.soc.upenn.edu/people/shaquilla-harrigan

Cherise Harris, https://www.conncoll.edu/directories/faculty-profiles/cherise-harris/

  • The Cosby Cohort: Blessings and Burdens of Growing up Black Middle Class (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013) 

Adia Harvey Wingfield, https://sociology.wustl.edu/people/adia-harvey-wingfield

  • Flatlining: Race, Work, and Health Care in the New Economy (UC Press, 2019)

Brittany Hearne, https://fulbright.uark.edu/departments/sociology/people/index/uid/bnhearne/name/Brittany+Nicole+Hearne/

Loren Henderson, https://lorenhenderson77.wixsite.com/mycv

Marcia Hernandez, https://www.pacific.edu/academics/schools-and-colleges/college-of-the-pacific/academics/departments-and-programs/sociology/faculty-directory/marcia-hernandez.html

Jasmine D. Hill, https://www.jasmine-hill.com

Shirley Hill, https://sociology.ku.edu/shirley-hill-0

Eundria Hill-Joseph, https://www.biola.edu/directory/people/5654ddfcb38859138200004b

Patricia Hill Collins, https://socy.umd.edu/facultyprofile/collins/patricia-hill

  • Black Feminist Thought (Routledge, 2008)

Erica Hill-Yates, https://twitter.com/ericahillyates?lang=en

bell hooks, http://www.bellhooksinstitute.com

Yasimyn Irizarry, https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/aads/faculty/yi579

Christina Jackson, https://www.christinarjackson.com

  • Black in America: The Paradox of the Color Line (Polity 2020)

Adilia James, https://www.endicott.edu/academics/schools/arts-sciences/faculty/a/adilia-james

Leslie Kay Jones, https://sociology.rutgers.edu/people/faculty/core-department-faculty/968-jones-leslie-kay

Nikki Jones, https://vcresearch.berkeley.edu/faculty/nikki-jones

  • Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner-City Violence
  • The Chosen Ones:  Black Men and the Politics of Redemption (UC Press)

Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, https://history.berkeley.edu/stephanie-e-jones-rogers

  • They Were Her Property

Joyce Ladner, 

Charisse Levchak, https://www2.ccsu.edu/faculty/cclevchak

Krystale Littlejohn, https://www.krystalelittlejohn.com/

Nancy López, https://sociology.unm.edu/people/faculty%20profile/Nancy%20Lopez.html

Audre Lorde, https://alp.org/about/audre

Zakiya Luna, http://www.zakiyaluna.com

Sadiyah Malcolm, https://lsa.umich.edu/soc/people/current-graduate-students/sadiyah-malcolm.html

Shannon Malone Gonzalez, 

https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/sociology/graduate/gradstudents/profile.php?id=sm59889

  • Making It Home: An Intersectional Analysis of the Police Talk

Memory Manda, https://soc.unl.edu/memory-manda

Kris Marsh, https://socy.umd.edu/facultyprofile/marsh/kris

Alexis S. McCurn, https://www.csudh.edu/sociology/faculty/alexismccurn

Maretta McDonald, https://www.lsu.edu/hss/sociology/people/Graduate_Students/Graduate_Student_CVs/mcdonald_cv.pdf

Tressie McMillan Cottom, https://tressiemc.com

  • Thick: And Other Essays 

Peace Medie, http://www.bristol.ac.uk/spais/people/person/peace-medie/

Tania Mitchell, https://www.cehd.umn.edu/olpd/people/tmitchel/

  • Stephanie Y. Evans, Andrea Dominigue, and Tania D.  Mitchell (eds.), Black Women and Social Justice Education: Legacies and Lessons, SUNY Press, 2019.

Allison Monterrosa, 

https://sociology.ucr.edu/graduate-students/allison-monterrosa/

Mignon Moore, https://www.mignonmoore.com

Monique Morris, https://www.moniquewmorris.me/

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools  (The New Press, 2016) 

Amaka Okechukwu, http://www.amakaokechukwu.com/main

Ijeoma Oluo, http://www.ijeomaoluo.com

Mary J. Osirim, https://www.brynmawr.edu/people/mary-j-osirim

Mary Patillo, https://www.sociology.northwestern.edu/people/faculty/core/mary-pattillo.html

Amanda Patrick, https://www.apsu.edu/sociology/sociology-faculty.php

Tracy Owens Patton, https://www.uwyo.edu/cojo/faculty/professors/tracey-patton.html

  • Patton, Tracy Owens. 2006. “Hey Girl, Am I More than My Hair?: African American Women and Their Struggles with Beauty, Body Image, and Hair.” NWSA Journal, 18(2):24-51.

Ruth Peterson, https://sociology.osu.edu/people/peterson.5

Whitney Pirtle, https://www.ucmerced.edu/content/whitney-laster-pirtle

Hillary Potterhttp://www.hillarypotter.com/

  • Intersectionality and Criminology: Disrupting and Revolutionizing Studies of Crime (Routledge, 2015) 

Kimala Price, https://womensstudies.sdsu.edu/people/bios/price.htm

Andrea Ritchie, http://invisiblenomorebook.com/about-andrea/

  • Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color (Beacon Press, 2017)

Candice C. Robinson, https://www.candicecrobinson.com

Zandria F. Robinson, https://gufaculty360.georgetown.edu/s/contact/0031Q000025AIXeQAO/zandria-robinson

Belinda Robnett, https://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=4668

Beth Richie, https://clj.uic.edu/profiles/beth-e-richie/

  • Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation

Dorothy Roberts, https://www.law.upenn.edu/cf/faculty/roberts1/

  • Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction and the Meaning of Liberty  (Random House/Pantheon, 1997, 1999, 2017). 

Shantee Rosado, https://www.blxstudies.org/shantee-rosado

Ashleigh Shelby Rosette, https://www.fuqua.duke.edu/faculty/ashleigh-rosette

  • Rosette, Ashleigh Shelby, and Tracy L. Dumas. 2007. “THE HAIR DILEMMA: CONFORM TO MAINSTREAM EXPECTATIONS OR EMPHASIZE RACIAL IDENTITY.” Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, 14:407-21.

Loretta Ross, https://www.lorettaross.com/Biography.html

Zakia Salime,  https://sociology.rutgers.edu/people/faculty/core-department-faculty/224-salime-zakia

  • Between Feminism and Islam: Human Rights and Sharia Law in Morocco (Minnesota, 2011). 

Lacee Satcher, https://cdn.vanderbilt.edu/vu-wp0/wp-content/uploads/sites/233/2019/12/17151848/LaceeSatcherCV19.pdf

Alyasah A. Sewell, http://sociology.emory.edu/home/people/faculty/sewell-alyasah.html

Fumilayo Showers, https://sociology.uconn.edu/person/fumilayo-showers-2/

Chaniqua D. Simpson, https://cdn.chass.ncsu.edu/sites/socant.chass.ncsu.edu/documents/SimpsonCV_05.17.pdf

Jennifer Patrice Sims, https://sites.google.com/uah.edu/jenniferpatricesimsphd/home 

Barbara Smith, https://barbarasmithaintgonna.com/about-barbaras-work/

  • Police brutality and police overreach/over-policing generally and the #SayHerName movement

Christen Smith, https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/anthropology/faculty/cs23775

  • Facing the Dragon: Black Mothering, Sequelae, and Gendered Necropolitics in the Americas

Dwayne Smith, http://sociology.usf.edu/faculty/dsmith/

Chriss Sneed, https://sociology.uconn.edu/person/chriss-sneed/

C. Riley Snorton, https://english.uchicago.edu/c-riley-snorton

Starr Solomon, https://www.kent.edu/sociology/starr-solomon

Kamesha Spates, https://www.kent.edu/node/kamesha-spates

Hortense Spillers, https://as.vanderbilt.edu/english/bio/hortense-spillers

Kimberly Springer, https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=S61BeAMAAAAJ&hl=en

Ashley Y. Stone, https://peerstoallies.uic.edu/ashley-y-stone/

Sabrina Strings, https://www.sociology.uci.edu/people/faculty.php 

 

 

Taura Taylor, https://sociology.gsu.edu/profile/taura-taylor/

Carieta Thomas, https://soci.ucalgary.ca/profiles/carieta-thomas

Korey Tillman, https://koreytillman.com

LaTonya J. Trotter, https://www.latonyatrotter.com

Brandy Wallace, https://sahap.umbc.edu/ftfaculty/person/zw20099/

Kelly Ward, https://www.kellymarieward.com/

Chandra Waring, https://www.uww.edu/cls/race-and-ethnic-studies/meet-our-faculty

Apryl Williams, https://aprylwilliams.com

Doris Y. Wilkinson, https://nkaa.uky.edu/nkaa/items/show/1243

France Winddance Twine, https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=oqgnCUwAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

https://www.soc.ucsb.edu/faculty/france-winddance-twine

Evonnia Woods, https://sociology.missouri.edu/people/woods

Kristine Wright, https://www.lasc.edu/life-lasc/clubs/hip-hop-congress

Patrice Wright, https://sociology.as.virginia.edu/people/profile/pw5mv

Tashelle Wright, https://publichealth.ucmerced.edu/content/tashelle-wright

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, http://www.keeangataylor.com

  • From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (Haymarket Books, 2016)
  • How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective (Haymarket Books, 2018)  

Assata Zerai, https://sociology.illinois.edu/directory/profile/azerai

SWS Summer Meeting Pilot for San Francisco Teachers: Invitation to Ethnic Studies High School Teachers Workshop

 

2020 Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) Summer Meeting Pilot 

Pre-Meeting workshop for High School Teachers: Invitation to Ethnic Studies High School Teachers Workshop 

Topic: Teaching Intersectionality in San Francisco Unified School District (SFUD) High School Classrooms 

“Teaching Intersectionality in the H.S. Classroom: Critical Race Feminist Strategies for Student and Teacher Critical Inquiry, Praxis & Empowerment” 

Workshop Date: Thurs. 8/6/20 from 9am-1:30pm PDT/ 12pm-4:30 pm EDT

Participation is limited to 20 H.S. Teachers. Registration is free.

Please RSVP by Tues. June 30, 2020 by emailing SWS Vice President, Professor Nancy López at nlopez@unm.edu 

$50 gift card per teacher participant-up to 20 participants. $100 gift card for serving as teacher co-facilitator (up to two H.S. teacher facilitators). In your email please indicate if you are requesting registration as a participant or if you would like to serve as co-facilitator.

Please visit the SWS Website for more information on the Summer Meeting: https://socwomen.org/summer-meeting-2020/

Please click HERE for the flyer.

SWS Statement on White Supremacy: A Call to Action

 

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June 10, 2020

SWS Statement on White Supremacy

An SWS Call to Action

The recent racist threat toward Christian Cooper and the murders of Black people –Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd and other victims of violence–are not isolated events. These are historical and pervasive incidents from the result of a system built on white supremacy. COVID-19 laid bare how racism is a public health crisis, with an overrepresentation of Black people being hospitalized for the virus, leading Roxane Gay to state “[t]he disparities that normally fracture our culture are becoming even more pronounced as we decide, collectively, what we choose to save — what deserves to be saved.”

 

The policing and weaponizing of white fear by law enforcement and non-Black people are also not the result of a few bad actors. Black individuals continue to endure racist discrimination related to profiling, criminalization, and state violence. These same Black people have led the effort to dismantle racist oppression.

 

As feminist sociologists and scholars it is our duty to be co-conspirators in the movement for making Black lives matter.

 

To Black feminist members: We offer our sincerest and heartfelt condolences not only to the families and friends of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and George Floyd, but also to those in the Black community who are mourning. We acknowledge the grief, anguish, and outrage that is being felt throughout the Black community, which many of us are a part of. These persistent tragedies of racist violence and harassment leaves us deeply saddened.  As a community of scholars, we remain committed to our mission of “promoting social justice through local, national, and international activism.” This commitment calls for us to be critically active in eradicating injustices related to racism, sexism, and other forms of oppressive systems and structures.

 

We see you, we hear you, and stand in solidarity against the racism and injustices that our Black community faces daily.

 

To white and non-Black feminist members: It is time to think deeply about our positionality. Our work is not feminist if it does not embrace and embody anti-racism and reject anti-blackness. It is clear how Amy Coopers’ racism is unacceptable – and – the power that we can inflict through our positionality as white and non-black feminists can be a form of violence. It is imperative that we look within ourselves to see the parts of us that are reflected in her actions. Racial justice work is not only understanding the intricate systems of inequality built into our social institutions, but a practice of deep reflexivity to understand how we are implicated in racist oppression.

 

Black colleagues across the country have long expressed how hard it is to be the only voice of dissonance for their students before this moment, and there is no time like the present to become an accomplice. Here are some links to get you started:

 

Sociologists for Women in Society was founded as a response to institutionalized gender discrimination at ASA – and we have work to do in house to grapple with ways our institution has been complacent in racism in academia. Our current Council includes just two white voting members – a signifier of our path forward as an institution. We are currently working with the SWS Executive Office and other SWS leaders to develop a proposal to fund the research for a Department Report Card on the Status of Race Equity & Scholarship, to go alongside our Feminist Friendly Department & Lavender report cards. This tool is designed to support faculty and graduate students in 1) holding their departments accountable in the movement for Black lives and 2) to help graduate students understand the landscape of racism within departments before applying. If you are interested in working on this proposal, please reach out to Barret Katuna, Executive Officer at swseo.barretkatuna@outlook.com.

We urge white and non-Black feminist members to uplift Black voices, and demand solidarity from our institutions. If you are wondering how to get involved, remember that we are all educators. It is our duty as educators to serve those among us who are most marginalized – including working to dismantle racist oppression.

 

  • Encourage your department to hire more Black faculty
  • Write an email to your department urging solidarity
  • Write an email to your students
  • Read Black Women & #CiteBlackWomen
  • Center Black scholarship in your syllabi, and decolonize your classroom
  • Know your history of institutionalized racism in the US
  • Join Academics for Black Survival and Wellness Week – Friday, June 19 – Thursday, June 25, 2020
  • If you are Department Chair, take steps to foster inclusion
  • Follow the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of Anthropologists and other professional and scholarly societies in supporting #ShutDownAcademia / #ShutDownSTEM, a grassroots movement with a goal to “transition to a lifelong commitment of actions to eradicate anti-Black racism in academia and STEM.” This is being held Today, Wednesday, June 10, 2020.
  • Listen to & uplift Black students and colleagues
  • Practice deep reflexivity
  • Do not rely on your Black colleagues to educate you on racism and anti-blackness
  • Develop a required reflexivity training in research methods courses – for undergrad and graduate students
  • Develop a required reflexivity training among faculty
  • Be a voice in meetings and committees speaking in support of Black students and faculty and out against racist ideas, microaggressions, and aggressions
  • Push college leadership (administration, senate, etc.) to support Black student and faculty recruitment, promotions, social justice work and abolitionist pedagogy
  • Consider forming a faculty and student-led Social Justice Project to run regular workshops, advocate for black students and provide ongoing information to faculty
  • Organize workshops and discussions for faculty to discuss white supremacy and racism in teaching and pedagogy

 

 

In Solidarity,

 

SWS Council

 

Please Click HERE to see the listing of the current SWS Council Members.

SWS Statement on White Supremacy06_10_2020 Word Document

SWS Statement on White Supremacy 06_10_2020 PDF

 

Call for Recommended Readings by Feminists of Color

Message from SWS Media Relations Subcommittee

Sent to SWS Members on June 3, 2020

 
In light of recent events, please recommend feminists of color – they do not need to be SWS members – who can speak to the following issues:


 
Civil unrest
Social movements
Police brutality
State violence

White supremacy


 
Please reply to this email (to Barret Katuna, SWS Executive Officer at swseo.barretkatuna@outlook.com) with the names of these feminists of color and recommended readings by feminists of color. 
 
In solidarity, 
 
SWS Media Relations Subcommittee