Unlikely Allies in the Academy
Women of Color and White Women in Conversation
Edited by Karen L. Dace
Routledge – 2012 – 204 pages
Routledge – 2012 – 204 pages
Unlikely Allies in the Academy brings the voices of women of Color and White women together for much-overdue conversations about race. These well-known contributors use narrative to expose their stories, which are at times messy and always candid. However, the contributors work through the discomfort, confusion, and frustration in order to have honest conversations about race and racism.
The narratives from Chicanas, Indigenous, Asian American, African American, and White women academicians explore our past, present, and future, what separates us, and how to communicate honestly in an effort to become allies. Chapters discuss the need to interrupt and disrupt the norms of interaction and engagement by allowing for the messiness of discomfort in frank discussion. The dialogues model how to engage in difficult dialogues about race and begin to illuminate the unspoken misunderstandings about how White women and women of Color engage one another. This valuable book offers strategies, ideas, and the hope for moving toward true alliances in the academy and to improve race relations. This important resource is for Higher Education administrators, faculty, and scholars grappling with the intersectionality of race and gender as they work to understand, study, and create more inclusive climates.
"This must-read book for all, in and out of the academy, opens with the contributors' candid responses about the status of cross-race relations among women and the challenges associated with creating alliances across race. Five women of color and four white women pull readers in as they engage in conversations, inviting readers to listen to and continue the discussions across campuses. These conversations are long overdue; it is time for dialogue. Summing up: Essential" - A. A. Hodge, Buffalo State College in CHOICE
"This book is a critical addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in the dynamics of interracial feminist alliances or the role those alliances play in creating more a more just academy." - On Campus with Women
"The brave contributors to this project expose what separates women of Color and White women in the academy. They take this discussion a step further, doing the heavy lifting of communicating honestly and directly with the goals of, at least, mutual understanding. Women of Color and White women are provided an opportunity and may, following the lead provided here, move from unlikely to probable allies working together to make the system inclusive."
— From the foreword by Ronald B. Scott, Associate Professor of Communication and Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity, Miami University
"In Unlikely Allies in the Academy, Dace and her colleagues present raw and disconcerting realities that many of us will recognize as our truth in managing relationships between women of color and white women. The authors have placed themselves in the vulnerable position of being judged for their own progress in becoming allies, making this volume full of significant lessons for us all."
— Anna Ortiz, Professor of Educational Leadership, California State University, Long Beach
Ronald B. Scott
PART I: Origins, Problems and the Need for Conversation
PART II: Women of Color Talk
PART III: White Women Talk
PART IV: Women of Color and White Women in Conversation
Karen L. Dace is Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.