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Title:When they see us: Black queer narratives from the academy
Author(s):Morrow, Leslie K
Director of Research:Somerville, Siobhan B
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Brown, Ruth N
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Cacho, Lisa M; Dixson, Adrienne D
Department / Program:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Discipline:Educational Policy Studies
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Black Feminisms, Critical Race Theory, Queer of Color Critique, Critical Educational Studies, Anti-Black racism, Gender Studies, Sexuality and Gender, Affect, Neoliberalism and Diversity, Higher Education and Social Justice
Abstract:How does the language of liberal diversity serve to reinforce normalizing discourses that adhere to fixed categories of identity and how we think about diversity? Who gets counted, who gets to speak for and on behalf of “diversity,” and whose experiences matter within the context of the neoliberal university? What happens when bodies defy expectations, challenging established gender norms and roles that interrogate ongoing and perpetual neoliberal logics? My project answers the questions above in my exploration into the lives and lived experiences of Black queer folk. An opportunity to hear their stories in their own words to gain a better insight into how they make sense of themselves within the current socio-political climate. My research seeks to examine educational practices within and beyond the “literal” classroom through the discourse of diversity that purports to welcome difference. And yet, while the physical aesthetic of campus environments appears diverse, understanding the myriad and complicated ways in which Black queer folks are disproportionately impacted by diversity discourse is hidden. This work has profound implications for education, cutting across various political, cultural, and social movements.
Issue Date:2021-11-19
Rights Information:© 2021 Leslie K. Morrow
Date Available in IDEALS:2022-04-29
Date Deposited:2021-12

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