Using A Black Woman's Journey from Cotton Picking to College Professor: Lessons about Race, Class, and Gender and Journeys of Social Justice: Women of Color Presidents in the Academy as contextual backdrops, the important role of women in advancing social justice and challenging systems of oppression will be shared, as well as essential tools for continuing the work of equity.
Menah Pratt-Clarke is the Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Diversity at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). She is also Professor of Education in the School of Education in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, with affiliations in Africana Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Department of Sociology.
She has more than 20 years of administrative, academic, and legal experience in higher education, with a focus on executing and coordinating large-scale strategic initiatives that promote institutional transformation. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, she had senior administrative positions and faculty positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Vanderbilt University. As a scholar-administrator, she believes in the importance of praxis and using scholarship to inform and lead change in higher education.
Presented by the Curry Diversity Action Committee, The Center for Race and Public Education in the South, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity & Equity, the Office for Equal Opportunity & Civil Rights, and the Albemarle County Public Schools Office of Community Engagement.