Race and Inclusion in Academia and Career Diversity

AHA Session 256
Monday, January 6, 2020: 9:00 AM-10:30 AM
Sutton Center (New York Hilton, Second Floor)
Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, Indiana University
Vanessa Madrigal-Lauchland, University of California, Davis
Blanca Garcia-Barron, University of Texas at El Paso
Paula C. Austin, California State University, Sacramento
Antoine Johnson, University of California, San Francisco

Session Abstract

Since 2014, the American Historical Association has dedicated ample discussions, resources, and initiatives to understand the job market, how it relates to graduate education, and professional outcomes for PhD graduates. Career Diversity speaks to students wishing to be open and flexible to careers within and outside the professoriate. However, it often neglects the gendered, socio-economic, and racial experiences that lead many students away from academia. Academic spaces–from graduate education through the road toward tenure–are rife with hardships, and they often negatively impact physical and mental health. People of color and those with marginalized identities experience an added layer of complexity within academia. This panel seeks to have a focused conversation on how Career Diversity intersects with issues of race and inclusion within academia. Specifically, the aim is to center the experiences of graduate students and scholars of color. We will examine the opportunities and/or hindrances of Career Diversity Initiative to students and scholars of color and marginalized identities; second, this panel explores how students of color and marginalized identities see themselves fitting (or not) within academic culture; third, the panel aims to problematize that sense of inclusion or exclusion.
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