And Still We Rise

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Faculty members are invited to apply for the spring 2014 cohort of And Still We Rise: Building from the Intersections of Race, Class & Gender/Sexuality, a discussion series held for six weeks over dinners at the University of San Francisco. The focus begins from the stories of women faculty and women faculty of color within an often-contradictory culture of academia. The series uses the landmark edited volume Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia as the basis and guide for meaningful dialogue and discussion for change. We hope that through the methodology and process of this discussion series, participants will have an opportunity to gather together for a person-centered and self-affirming dialogue. 

This is a free discussion series, a light dinner will be served at each session. Space is limited to 18 participants, and adjunct faculty women are also encouraged to apply. Attendees will receive a copy of the book Presumed Incompetent. Apply Now.

Sessions are all on Wednesday, 5:00 to 7:30 pm

March 26: General Campus Climate

April 2: Faculty/Student Relationships

April 9: Networks of Allies

April 16: Social Class in Academia

April 23: Tenure and Promotion

April 30: Strategies & Continued Support

History of the Program 

In Fall 2013, the Office of Diversity Engagement & Community Outreach launched the first series of And Still We Rise, a highly successful faculty development program with 18 female faculty participants on campus. The focus of the program began with the stories of women faculty and women faculty of color within an often-contradictory culture of academia. Participants used the landmark edited volume, Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia, as the basis and guide for discussion, the group moved through these negotiations of institutional privilege, subordination, and challenge towards action-based solutions and meaningful dialogue for change that cultivate health, community, spirit, and future legacies at USF.

As a direct outcome of the program, members of this “sister circle” have volunteered to be a part of five specific working groups that will meet to address some of the issues raised during the session and explore the ways in which the University can respond to these issues implement positive change. And Still We Rise furthers the University’s commitment to enriching university and community engagement; promoting inclusive dialogue, experience, and appreciation; and ensuring a thriving campus community through collective learning, campus unity, and institutional strength.