Interrogating Inequality: The Politics of Mapping and Interrupting Intersecting Race, Gender and Class Inequalities in U.S. Schools

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Interrogating Inequality: The Politics of Mapping and Interrupting Intersecting Race, Gender and Class Inequalities in U.S. Schools

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Dr. Nancy López's presentation considers how, over the centuries, racially stigmatized communities, such as American Indians, African Americans and Latina/o communities have experienced and resisted intersecting structural racism, sexism, classism in U.S. schools and decades after the passage of Civil Rights legislations, we continue to experience the poorest educational outcomes as a result. How can an intentional focus on the intersection and co-construction of race, gender and class and other axes of difference in our data collection, analysis, reporting yield new insights for research, policy and action? How can we establish pathways, from harmonized race, gender, and class data collection-to effective and contextualized education policy? How can we build mini-social movements that are anchored in social justice against the backdrop of neoliberal and colorblind ideologies that render racial, class, gender and other axes of inequality as the inevitable outcome of competition in a so-called "meritocracy"? López argues that a focused attention to intersectionality, specifically, namely linking the co-construction of race, gender, class, ethnicity and other intersecting systems of oppression and sites of resistance the individual/micro-level, institutional, meso-level, and societal/macro-level, are important ways of framing research and policies that advance social movement anchored in educational justice in U.S. schools.

Dr. López earned a B.A. Columbia College, Columbia University and a Ph.D. from the Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York. She directs and co-founded the Institute for the Study of "Race" and Social Justice, RWJF Center for Health Policy and chairs the Race, Gender and Class Section, American Sociological Association and co-chairs the Diversity Council, UNM. She also coordinates the NM Statewide Race, Gender, Class Data Policy Consortium for data harmonization that leverages intersectionality to advance equity-based public policies. López's scholarship, teaching and service is guided by the insights of intersectionality for interrogating inequalities across a variety of social outcomes including education, health, employment, housing, etc. Her current work examines the politics of racial and ethnic guidelines and measurements in the Office of Management & Budget and the Census as a site of racial formation; she argues that the proposal to combine Hispanic origin with race for the 2020 Census contribute to hegemonic colorblind and neoliberal racial projects.

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11-19-2014

Interrogating Inequality: The Politics of Mapping and Interrupting Intersecting Race, Gender and Class Inequalities in U.S. Schools

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