The Diversity Work Never Stops for Us: Reflections on Privilege, Productivity, (Un)Paid Labor, and Professional Leave Policies
Presented During: Underestimated and Over-relied Upon: Narratives of Women of Color Doing "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion" Work at Universities
Sponsor: Feminist and Gender Studies Division
Sat, 11/21: 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Room: Asynchronous Session
This presentation focuses on issues of access to and inequalities within academic leave policies in academe. Specifically, it looks at how unstated expectations, unclear policies, and implicit biases legitimize unpaid and invisible diversity work during academic leaves for women faculty of color. I draw on my experiences as an immigrant woman of color, a mother-scholar, a faculty-administrator at a PWI, and a mentor/advocate for students and junior faculty. I reflect on the hurdles, negotiations, opportunities, and benefits that these academic leaves bring with them. I situate these narratives within broader issues of boundary-setting between work and rest, the personal and the professional, virtual and face-to-face mentoring, on-campus and off-campus meetings, visible and invisible diversity work, and, paid and unpaid labor. The implications for labor expectations in a mediated world, for inclusive leadership and policymaking, and countering institutionalized gendered racism in academe will be discussed.