8th Annual Faculty Women of Color in the Academy National Conference - April 18-19, 2020  - - Academic Writing Retreat - April 9, 2021

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Photo Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. She is one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers in the areas of how anti-blackness operates in schools, Hip Hop education, and urban education. Her work is also concerned with how teachers and schools working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged schools rooted in intersectional social justice for the goal of equitable classrooms.

For her work in the field, in 2016, Dr. Love was named the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. She is also the creator of the Hip Hop civics curriculum GET FREE. In April of 2017, Dr. Love participated in a one-on-one public lecture with bell hooks focused on the liberatory education practices of Black and Brown children. In 2018, Georgia’s House of Representatives presented Dr. Love with a resolution for her impact on the field of education.

Dr. Love is a sought-after public speaker on a range of topics, including: antiblackness in schools, Hip Hop education, Black girlhood, queer youth, Hip Hop feminism, art-based education to foster youth civic engagement, and issues of diversity and inclusion. In 2014, she was invited to the White House Research Conference on Girls to discuss her work focused on the lives of Black girls. In addition, she is the inaugural recipient of the Michael F. Adams award (2014) from the University of Georgia. She has also provided commentary for various news outlets including NPR, The Guardian, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

She is the author of the books We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom and Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South. Her work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including the English Journal, Urban Education, The Urban Review, and Journal of LGBT Youth. In 2017, Dr. Love edited a special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies focused on the identities, gender performances, and pedagogical practices of Black and Brown lesbian educators.


Photo Dr. France Córdova was born in Paris, France, the eldest of twelve children. Her mother was Irish-American and her father was Mexican-American. Over the course of her career, Córdova has served as a leader in science, higher education, and government. After earning a bachelor's degree from Stanford University, she continued her studies at Caltech, where she graduated with a PhD in physics. Córdova went on to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory before joining The Pennsylvania State University as a faculty member and the head of the department of astronomy and astrophysics. From 1993 to 1996, she was NASA's chief scientist; at the time, she was the youngest person to hold the position and the first woman to do so. Upon leaving the space agency, Córdova returned to higher education, serving as vice chancellor for research and professor of physics at University of California, Santa Barbara; chancellor and distinguished professor of physics and astronomy at University of California, Riverside; and president of Purdue University, as the first woman to lead the institution. She was named one of the 80 Elite Hispanic Women by Hispanic Business Magazine. In 2014, Córdova was appointed by President Obama to lead the NSF, where she oversaw an $8.3 billion enterprise and established initiatives promoting scientific discovery, technological innovation, and STEM education until March, 2020.


Photo Ana Mari Cauce is the 33rd president of the University of Washington where she has been a member of the faculty since 1986. A graduate of the University of Miami and Yale University, she is a noted scholar on risk and resilience among adolescents and has received numerous awards for her research as well as the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Before becoming president in 2015, she served as chair of the Departments of American Ethnic Studies and Psychology, as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and as provost, the University’s chief academic officer. In 2008, she played a key role in establishing the Husky Promise, a program that has helped more than 40,000 low-income students attend the UW. Since becoming president, Cauce has put a spotlight on the UW’s work in Population Health across the University, launched the University’s Race & Equity Initiative and been a champion for ensuring the UW and public higher education across the country remain accessible and affordable for all students. As president, and throughout her tenure, she has worked to advance the University’s mission of serving the public good by focusing on the UW’s impact on the lives of the people in Washington and throughout the world.

Photo President Emeritus of Millersville University, Francine McNairy was the first female, African American university president in the state system of higher education in Pennsylvania. Devoted to student success, Dr. McNairy has been recognized for increasing retention and graduation rates in three Pennsylvania public universities, especially among students of color. Her commitment to high academic standards, institutional quality and community responsiveness were hallmarks of her visionary leadership for ten years Dr. McNairy began her career at Millersville University as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs before becoming President in 2003, after serving as provost for ten years. Prior to coming to Millersville, she was the associate provost at West Chester University. She began her career in higher education at Clarion University where she was a professor for 15 years.

Photo In 2018, following a rich and storied career in business, philanthropy, and academia, Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez became the seventh president of Utah Valley University. She is the first woman to serve on a full-time basis as UVU president. Raised in the slums of the Philippines, Tuminez rose to become a world leader in the fields of technology and political science, most recently serving as an executive at Microsoft. She is also the former vice dean of research and assistant dean of executive education at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Russian literature from Brigham Young University (1986). She went on to earn a master’s degree from Harvard University in Soviet Studies (1988) and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in political science (1996).


Photo 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.

Paloma McGregor headshot by Melisa Cardona.

2020 Speakers

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.

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.

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