Envisioning Critical Race Praxis in Higher Education Through Counter-Storytelling

Edited by:
Natasha N. Croom, Iowa State University
Tyson E.J. Marsh, University of New Mexico

A volume in the series: Educational Leadership for Social Justice. Editor(s): Jeffrey S. Brooks, Curtin University. Denise E. Armstrong, Brock University. Ira Bogotch, Florida Atlantic University. Sandra Harris, Lamar University. Whitney Sherman Newcomb, Virginia Commonwealth University. George Theoharis, Syracuse University.

Published 2016

While critical race theory is a framework employed by activists and scholars within and outside the confines of education, there are limited resources for leadership practitioners that provide insight into critical race theory and the possibilities of implementing a critical race praxis approach to leadership. With a continued top‐down approach to educational policy and practice, it is imperative that higher education leaders understand how critical race theory and praxis can assist them in utilizing their agency and roles as leaders to identify and challenge institutional and systemic racism and other forms/manifestations of oppression (Stovall, 2004). In the tradition of critical race theory, we are charged with the task of operationalizing theory into practice in the struggle for, and commitment to, social justice. Though higher education leaders and leadership programs are often absent in this process, given their influence and power, higher education leaders need to be engaged in this endeavor.

The objective of this edited volume is to draw upon critical race counter‐stories and praxis for the purpose of providing higher education leaders‐in‐training and practicing higher education leaders with tangible narratives that demonstrate how racism and its intersectionality with other forms of oppression manifest within higher education. An additional aim of this book is to provide leaders with a working knowledge of the central tenets of critical race theory and the tools that are required in recognizing how they might be complicit in the reproduction of institutional and systemic racism and other forms of oppression. More precisely, this edited volume intends to draw upon and center the lived experiences and voices of contributors that have experienced racism in higher education. Through the use of critical race methodology and counter‐storytelling (Solórzano & Yosso, 2002), contributors will share and interrogate their experiences while offering current and future higher education leaders insight in recognizing how racism functions within their respective institutions, and how they can address it. The intended goal of this edited volume is to translate critical race theory into practice while emphasizing the need for higher education leaders to develop a critical race praxis and anti‐racist approach to leadership.

Introduction: Envisioning Critical Race Praxis in Higher Education through Counter‐Storytelling, Natasha N. Croom and Tyson Marsh. The Importance of Racial Literacy and Racial Dialogues in Emerging Race Scholar Identity Development for Graduate Students of Color, Blanca Vega, Dianne Delima, and Kendall Williams. Tigre del Mar: A Boricua’s Testimonio of Surviving a Doctoral Science Education, Lisette Torres. Being in the Black‐White Binary: Admission Letter to an Asian American Graduate Student, Joyce Lui. Leadership, Accountability, and Diversity in Higher Education: A Critical Race Counter‐Story, Eugene Fujimoto and Noemy Medina. La Comunidad es la Fuerza: Community Cultural Wealth of Latina/o Leaders in Community Colleges, Ignacio Hernández, Jr. Voices from the Margins: Illuminating Experiences of African American Women Senior Administrators in Higher Education, Brenda Marina, Sabrina Ross, and Kimberly Robinson. Critical Race Media Literacy and Critical Incidents of Retreating to Teachable Moments, Vonzell Agosto, Zorka Karanxha, and Deirdre Cobb‐Roberts. First‐Generation Pre‐Tenure Faculty of Color: Navigating the Language of Academia, Anjalé Welton, Montrischa Williams, Herb Caldwell, and Melissa Martinez. Liberatory Graduate Education: (Re)Buidling the Ivory Tower through Critical Race Pedagogy, Jessica Harris.