S172. “That’s Not Relatable”: Radical Teaching on Race & Intersectionality in Writing

Portland Ballroom 251, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


How can we encourage students to meaningfully engage with material that does not reflect—or directly opposes—their lived experiences? Through conversation, Latinx panelists address how to create radically inclusive course curriculum and assignments that de-center the heteronormative, cisgender white male framework that currently dominates higher education. They discuss the challenges they have encountered and strategies for promoting mutual respect in the classroom.



Cynthia Guardado is a Salvadorian American, Professor of English, poet, and activist in the Los Angeles area. She received her Master of Fine Arts from California State University, Fresno, and her poems have appeared in The Acentos Reviewbozalta, and Huizache.

Gabriela Ramirez-Chavez is a Literature PhD candidate at University of California, Santa Cruz who specializes in cross-genre writing and experimental poetics. Her work has most recently appeared in The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the U.S. and Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands.

Marisol Baca is the author of Tremor. She received an MFA from Cornell, was the recipient of the Robert Chasen Poetry Prize, and is a professor at Fresno City College. She teaches in the Resources for American Indian Needs learning community, and founded Women Writers of Color in the Central Valley.

Luivette Resto is a CantoMundo fellow. Her first book of poetry, Unfinished Portrait, was a finalist for the 2009 Paterson Poetry Prize. Her new collection Ascension was published in April 2013. 


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center