A panel discussion was held on Oct. 30: Opening The Blinds: Talking Race, Sex and Class at UT Austin
Posted: November 1, 2012
Photo Credit: Emily Ng | Daily Texan Staff
Juan Portillo, a Sociology graduate student (and former WGS MA student) organized a sucessful panel presentation with the support of the Sociology department to address the recent eruption of racial, gender and class violence in our campus.
While college is sold to everyone as the key to a better life, it can often be a violent experience for students who do not fit neatly in our imagined community. The interactions between students of color, female students, and low SES students with their peers, professors, TAs, and UT staff are filled with messages that question their right to be here. This is because the UT community negotiates their integration into a campus that has been shaped by whiteness, heteropatriarchy, and middle-class values. The recent bleach-bombings of students of color in West Campus, the race-themed Greek parties, and the Fisher versus Texas case are all examples of resistance to the presence of students who do not fit the imagined white, male-centered and middle-class college campus.
Through an interdisciplinary and intersectional lens, the presenters provided much needed perspectives to contextualize the eruption of racial, gender and class violence on campus.
Marleen Villanueva, Spanish Senior, member of La Colectiva Femenil
Marianna Anaya, Mexican American Studies and Radio, Television and Film Junior, member of La Colectiva Femenil
Juan Portillo, MA, Women's and Gender Studies, PhD Student in Sociology
Ganiva Reyes, MA, Women's and Gender Studies, PhD Student in Cultural Studies in Education
Rocio Villalobos, MA, Cultural Studies in Education, UT Alum and Program Coordinator for the Multicultural Engagement Center
Moderator: Dr. Christine Williams, Chair of Sociology