R135. “I’m For Real”: Minority Professors in the Predominately White Classroom

Room 24, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


It’s a familiar and problematic narrative: White teacher goes into the hood to “save” urban students. Beyond this reductive trope there are real issues when there is a race, class, sexual orientation, or privilege divide between educator and students, especially if the educator is the member of a minority or traditionally marginalized group. What are the responsibilities and challenges for minority instructors in representing their own identities as they seek to educate those who are different?


Allison Amend is the award-winning author of the short story collection Things That Pass for Love, and the novels Stations West, A Nearly Perfect Copy, and Enchanted Islands.

Adriana E. Ramírez is a writer, critic, and performance poet. She won the inaugural 2015 PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize for Dead Boys. She is critic at large for the LA Times Book Section. Her debut full-length work of nonfiction, The Violence, is forthcoming from Scribner.

Dhipinder Walia is a full-time lecturer at Lehman College CUNY with a specialization in English composition and Asian-American literature. She has received her MFA in fiction from Adelphi University and is currently working towards a master's in women/gender studies at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Marisa Matarazzo is the author of Drenched: Stories of Love and Other Deliriums and has published in Hobart, Five Chapters, Unstuck, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor in the MFA writing program at Otis College of Art and Design.

Phillip B. Williams is the author of the poetry collection Thief in the Interior. He teaches at Bennington College.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside