Dr. Lila Jabobs, Dr. José Cintrón,
and Dr. Cecil Canton

Panel Presentation and Book Signing

The Politics of Survival in Academia: Narratives of Inequity, Resilience, and Success

The Politics of Survival in Academia:
Narratives of Iniquity, Resilience, and Success

Lila Jacobs
Educational Administration & Policy Studies; Coordinator, Urban Leadership Program
José Cintrón
Bilingual Multicultural Education; Co-Director, Migrant/Optimal Learning Environment (OLE) Project
Cecil Canton
Criminal Justice; President, California Faculty Association (CFA)-CSUS

About the Book:

This volume presents the personal accounts of African American, Asian American, and Latino faculty who describe in their narratives of struggles the challenges they faced in order to become bona fide members of the United States Academy. These narratives show how survival and success require a sophisticated knowledge of the politics of academia, insider knowledge of the requirements of legitimacy in scholarly efforts, and a resourceful approach to facing dilemmas between cultural values, traditional racist practices, and academic resilience. The book also explores the empowerment process of these individuals who have created a new self without rejecting their enduring self; the self strongly connected to their ethno/racial cultures and groups. Within the process of self -redefinition, this new faculty confronted racism, sexism, rejection, the clash of cultural values, and structural indifference to cultural diversity. The faculty recounts how they ultimately learned the skillful accommodation to all of these issues. It is through the analysis of survival and self-definition that faculty of color and women will establish a powerful foothold in the new academy of the twenty-first century.

Event Extras

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Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Reception: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
University Union, Lobby Suite 
Light refreshments will be served.
Lecture and Book Signing: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
University Union, Hinde Auditorium