Updates from Mid-Year: Dismantling Our Privileged Structure

Coalition for Women's Identities
The Coalition for Women’s Identities (CWI) Directorate Board recently met in Kissimmee, Florida for the annual Mid-Year Meeting to prepare programs and services for members leading up to the 2018 ACPA Convention . We want our CWI membership to know how we spent our time, and what we learned, accomplished, and plan to do moving forward. Although the CWI directorate gathers online monthly, Mid-Year...

Examining Our Past to Center Racial Justice and Decolonization in Our Present

Coalition for Women's Identities
Welcome to the first CWI Blog post for 2017-2018. It still feels like the beginning of the year for me at a campus on a quarter schedule. This time has always struck me as one of infinite possibility. I am turning that feeling of hope to the work ahead for CWI as we embody and execute ACPA’s Strategic Imperative on Racial Justice and Decolonization. This means starting by examining uncomfortable...

The REAL Expense of Academia

Coalition for Women's Identities
The first time I attended ACPA’s Annual Convention 1 , I was taken aback by the spaces cultivated by other femme of color scholar-practitioners, from students to senior-level administrators. Organic spaces and identity-based formal coalitions were intended to support others for things like article publishing, becoming tenure-track faculty, or socials for mentoring connections. From the claps,...

Are We Overrelying on Policy as a Response to Sexual Violence?

Coalition for Women's Identities
As attention to campus sexual violence has increased in the past few years, like many in higher education, I have been both excited and anxious. In many ways, campus sexual violence receiving increased attention from mainstream outlets like media and policy-makers is a welcome change. Maybe people are finally listening to activists who have been attempting to raise awareness about this issue for...

ACPA CWI Response to White House Decision on Title IX Regarding Trans Rights

Coalition for Women's Identities
Dear Colleagues, In May 2016, President Obama issued a statement guiding educational institutions to interpret coverage of Title IX to include gender identity and expression, as opposed to solely sex. This update extended Title IX protections to trans and gender non-conforming students. On Wednesday, February 22, the Departments of Education and Justice rescinded guidance providing explicit Title...