Angie Beeman‘s book, Liberal White Supremacy: How Progressives Silence Racial and Class Oppression, examines the divides among progressives and the role of liberal ideology in preventing significant social change. In it, she analyzes racism-evasiveness as the outcome of color-blind ideology and promotes practical applications of what she refers to as action-oriented or “racism-centered intersectionality.” In this episode, Angie is in conversation with Soribel Genao, Professor in the department of Educational & Community Programs at Queens College. They discuss how beliefs and strategies that might seem on the surface to be enlightened, are not only limiting but can perpetuate racism and white supremacy.
Dr. Angie Beeman is an Associate Professor at Baruch College. Her research examines changing expressions of racism, the challenges of allyship, and building more equitable workplace environments. Dr. Beeman’s research has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Counterpunch, Gender, Work, and Organization, and Ethnic and Racial Studies. In addition to these publications, she has been quoted in Nature, Forbes Magazine, The Wire, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Galveston Daily News, and WalletHub. Dr. Beeman has shared her work with multiple audiences and is frequently invited by organizations to speak on the issues of racism, social justice, and cultivating inclusiveness in the workplace. She has appeared on CSPAN’s Washington Journal and Connecticut Public Television and has given talks for Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park, the Association of Junior Leagues International, Network of Executive Women, and NASA.
Dr. Soribel Genao serves as member with Educational Leadership at CUNY, Queens college and is a bilingual researcher with community and place-based research and evaluation experience using both qualitative and qualitative methods. Throughout her career, she has consulted on initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion with an equity lens within private, higher education, and non-profit sectors globally. She holds a doctorate in Public Administration from Rutgers University. Over the course of her academic career, lived experience and quest for access and belonging serving as a muse, Dr. Genao constantly informs research and scholarship within the discipline of educational leadership. During her doctoral work and throughout early years in academia, she characterized herself as a scholar focused on issues of diversity and collaboration in urban school leadership. And, while she is still examining these issues, her focus has evolved and is now grounded in social justice as an umbrella for promoting solidarity and equitable practices in schools, communities, and society. This evolution to a social justice framework seemed like a natural transition for her, yet it reignited her research passion and scholarly endeavors. In her co-edited book entitled (Re)Building bi/multilingual leaders for socially just communities (2020), the authors highlight the benefits of preparing future school leaders to understand and recognize language and multicultural diversity issues. They also address the impact of multiculturalism and globalization on educators, children, families, schools, and communities. In the article, “All we need in one mic: A call for anti-racist solidarity to deconstruct anti-Black racism in educational leadership” (2021), her co-author and her contend that principal preparation programs have not but must explicitly prioritize anti-racist school leadership to promote anti-racist dispositions in schools, leaders, teachers, and students. She contributed to Episode 77 with her colleagues where they described their BRESI project, “Advancing Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Social Justice, and Belonging (A/DEISJ+B).”
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