To My Mini Educator,
As I write about the women that inspire me, I have noticed that many of these women are involved in higher education and community work.
Today, you get to learn about one of the coolest chicks I have ever met, Isabel Porras.
Isabel is currently completing her PhD at UC, Davis in Cultural Studies. She was awarded the AAUW American Fellowship to complete her dissertation. She is teaching Women’s Studies (feminist theory and sexuality history/theory).
One of the creative geniuses of the blog, http://academictyra.tumblr.com/, Isabel is a woman destined for academic and career success.
I met Isabel at an MMUF conference in Oberlin College a few years ago. Our personalities synced together really quickly when we discussed the difficulties of being a Latina woman, an academic, and someone who also wanted to have a husband and children in the future.
It is often perceived that a woman should or could not have both an academic career and a family. It is also very difficult for Latina women to find comfortable spaces within the academy.
Isabel left a huge impression on me when she debated with the conference staff about having gender-assigned bathrooms, which could discriminate against intersexed individuals.
There she was, with her head covered in curly locks, demanding social inclusion for all people.
Isabel is the kind of woman I want you to admire because of her holistic approach to advocacy and her determination to succeed as a scholar without compromising her beliefs.
Starting Academic Tyra is just one of the subversive ways that Isabel contends with various aspects of academia. She also likes to sample rap songs and make them academic and quite hilarious.
Isabel has also been a mentor, thinking tank, resource and role model for me.
When you think of Isabel and women like her, remember that you can accomplish your goals and dreams while poking fun of those who try to limit your possibilities.
Wishing you a joyous future,
Mami Loves You
About this Series:
In honor of Latino Heritage Month, I will write 30 letters for 30 days to my beautiful daughter. This series is entitled, Mami Loves You. In these letters, I will tell her about the world around her, and reflect on her development.
Each Tuesday and Thursday, I will honor a Latina woman that I believe is a great role model for my daughter to admire. Through these letters, I pay homage to my role as a mother, and I will teach my daughter about one of the cultures that has birthed her.
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