Academic Affairs and Human Resources have partnered with the Division of Student Affairs for the second event in their “What is…” series. We cordially invite you to Dr. Tsedale M. Melaku’s presentation “What Is Constructive Allyship?” on Tuesday, Mar. 16 from 2:30pm to 4:00pm.
This moment, compounded by a global pandemic and racial upheaval, bares deeply upon how higher education perpetuates racial and gender inequality. As we navigate the terrain of political, social, and economic realities, we must center on how these systems impact our experiences in higher education. One way we can make racial and gender equity intrinsic to organizations is by centering the work that each of us does to address inequities. Allyship is integral to this process, holding stakeholders accountable and focusing on doing the work.
Dr. Melaku is a sociologist, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and author of You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer: Black Women and Systemic Gendered Racism, which reflects the emphasis of her scholarly interests on race, gender, class, workplace inequality, diversity, and occupations.
You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer focuses on how race and gender play a crucial role in the experiences of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) women in traditionally white institutional spaces, and specifically Black women. Dr. Melaku’s work has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, Bloomberg Law, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, NBC Left Field, TODAY, Fortune, Fair Observer, and other outlets. Her interdisciplinary research on women in the workplace unites three strands of significant sociological inquiry: diversity in the workplace, women in positions of leadership, and the impact of intersectional identities on advancement opportunity. Dr. Melaku is currently working on her second book, The Handbook on Workplace Diversity and Stratification. Learn more about her research and interests online, and on Twitter: @TsedaleMelaku.
By the Division of Academic Affairs