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First-Generation Faculty of Color: Reflections on Research, Teaching, and Service is the first book to examine the experiences of racially minoritized faculty who were also the first in their families to graduate college in the United States. From contingent to tenured faculty who teach at community colleges, comprehensive, and research institutions, the book is a collection of critical narratives that collectively show the diversity of faculty of color, attentive to and beyond race. The book is organized into three major parts comprised of chapters in which faculty of color depict how first-generation college student identities continue to inform how minoritized people navigate academe well into their professional careers, and encourage them to reconceptualize research, teaching, and service responsibilities to better consider the families and communities that shaped their lives well before college.
About the Author
TRACY LACHICA BUENAVISTA is a professor of Asian American studies at California State University, Northridge. She is the co-editor of Education At War!: The Fight for Students of Color in America’s Public Schools, and “White” Washing in American Education: The New Culture Wars in Ethnic Studies.
DIMPAL JAIN is a professor of educational leadership and policy studies at California State University, Northridge. She is the coauthor of Power to the Transfer: Critical Race Theory and a Transfer Receptive Culture.
MARÍA C. LEDESMA is a professor of educational leadership and the founding director of the Higher Education Leadership Program at San Jose State University.
"Stories of love, affirmation, and resistance can find themselves in many places—real and imagined. We search for those stories, or they find us. Those powerful stories of First-Gen Scholars are here in the pages of this book. These are the chronicles previous generations of First-Gen Scholars would have benefited from reading. I know I would have. First-Gen Scholars of Color today and future generations will see themselves and be served by this gift."
— Daniel Solorzano
"This book stands alone in elevating voices of first-generation faculty of color who nuance what it means to gain access to academia while not always thriving in it. This volume unapologetically demands for us to honor the full humanity of first-generation faculty of color as they embark on breaking down traditional notions of research, humanizing teaching, and challenging the overburden of service in inhospitable campus climates. If universities, particularly those seeking designation as minority serving, seek to create an environment where first-generation students of color will feel as though they belong, they need to learn from the varied experiences of first-generation faculty of color who have been doing this work, uncompensated and unacknowledged."
— Elizabeth Montaño