8th Annual Faculty Women of Color in the Academy National Conference - April 18-19, 2020  - - Academic Writing Retreat - April 19, 2020

NOTE: Following guidance from the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health, to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease, the 8th annual Faculty Women of Color in the Academy Conference has adopted a virtual format.

Photo Rosann Santos is the founder of Latinas in Higher Education, Inc. as well as the Director of Alumni Relations at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Rosann believes in the importance of providing affordable professional development to those who want to improve their careers in order to better provide for the students they work with.

Born and raised in the Bronx to Dominican parents, Rosann has worked in higher education for over 20 years and is now a career motivational keynote and among the best education keynote speakers for high school and college students in the nation. She is a member of the Syracuse University Multicultural Advisory Council and the Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees for her Sorority, Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc.

Photo Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs is a Professor in Modern Languages and Women and Gender Studies, and currently holds the Theilene Pigott McCone Endowed Chair in the Humanities. She has served as former Director for The Center for The Study of Justice in Society at Seattle University. She is a Chicana polylingual poet, critic, cultural worker and mother. She is the author/editor of eight books of poetry, criticism and culture, and multiple articles, encyclopedia entries, opinion pieces. She received her MA and PhD from Stanford University. She is first editor of Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia, Vol. I (Univ. of Colorado Press) and single editor of Rebozos de Palabras: An Helena María Viramontes Reader, Communal Feminisms (Lexington Books), as well as Word Images: New Perspectives on Canícula and other works by Norma Elia Cantú, (University of Arizona Press). She recently revised the Spanish translation of The Moths and Other Stories by Helena María Viramontes (Arte Público Press). She also authored the published and forthcoming poetry collections: The Runaway Poems, (Finishing Line Press) and How Many Indians Can We Be? (Mango Press). She is the author of A Most Improbable Life and The Plastic Book. She has presented her work all over the world, multilingually, and specializes in expanding subjectivity. She served as a Commissioner for the Arts for the state of Washington recently.


Angela’s Pulse creates and produces collaborative performance work dedicated to building community and illuminating bold, new stories. We provide a home for interdisciplinary collaborations that thrive on both politics and play, and we are committed to developing timely performance works that provoke, inform and inspire. Co-founded by Paloma and Patricia McGregor, Angela’s Pulse was named for their mother Angela, an artist, teacher and activist who continues to inspire their work.

We are:

  • process oriented — We believe in dialog and experimentation as both means and end. We center the authentic over the predetermined. We allow for trust and growth to develop as a result of spending time, challenging assumptions and inherited notions, digging in and working from joy.
  • collaboration based — We believe we are better together. We value our individual assets, voices, histories, and the potentials they hold when we activate them in service of a vision larger than any one of us.
  • community centered — We believe that communities — of geography, practice, values, identity — are themselves powerful creative acts. We honor that power by practicing community-building and community-bridging.
  • anti-racist — We believe that racism is the glue that holds all of our dehumanizing and oppressive systems in place. We work with rigor and love to consistently practice undoing the impacts of racism on us as individuals, as a team and as collaborators with others.
  • embodied — We believe the body offers the most powerful, intimate opportunity to transform values into action. We center practices that allow us to tap into our embodied intellect, push beyond our known limits and animate our visions.

Paloma McGregor headshot by Melisa Cardona.


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