Tulsa Community College faculty and staff presented research at a statewide higher education conference in November. The topic was “Living Proof: African American Women and Leadership Lessons in the Academy.”
Ramona Curtis, director for Workforce Programs; Kayla Harding, Ed.D., faculty department chair and associate professor for English; and Corinice Wilson, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology, were the TCC representatives who delivered their address at the Oklahoma Women in Higher Education conference.
The focus of their panel discussion was to share their lessons of triumph, struggle, and opportunities for growth at the university and college level. Representing faculty, administrator, and professional staff, the presenters described their experiences that women endure as they juggle gender politics, parenting, authenticity, and the academy.
One observation of the research was the burden that befalls Black women whose cultural classifications usurp their professional status as a learned professionals or experts in their respective fields.
A conclusion of the research, according to an abstract of the group’s presentation, was to support and encourage a more inclusive and equitable society that will involve recognizing and valuing individuals for their unique expertise and contributions, regardless of their race or ethnic background.
For more information, contact Dr. Kayla Harding at email@example.com.