Hidden in Plain Sight: The Black Women’s Blueprint For Institutional Transformation in Higher Education

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Lori Patton Davis, Indiana University

Given the current socio-political climate in the U.S. and on college campuses, a number of questions have emerged regarding the role of higher education in addressing oppression and systemic inequities. Concerns about the capacity of higher education institutions to engage in substantive change are among the most critical issues facing institutional leaders, faculty, and students. In this presentation, Dr. Patton Davis will argue that efforts to address societal inequities and those situated in higher education might be best implemented by examining black women’s work and contributions. Dr. Patton Davis will offer concrete examples of the strategies black women have enacted toward change, and she will provide an explanation regarding the seeming reluctance to acknowledge black women’s labor despite the benefits gained by numerous populations. Dr. Patton will discuss the overwhelming invisibility of black women’s contributions, as well as the need for a more intersectional approach to institutional transformation that is grounded in the traditions, intellect, and work of black women.

Part of the Dean's Diversity Lecture Series

Lecture at noon; Illini Union, Room 104

3 p.m. fireside chat for College of Education students, faculty, and staff in Room 16 of the Education building

College of Education and OCCRL


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