What Lorgia García Peña’s Tenure Denial Means for Other Latina Scholars

Her rejection continues a long tradition in academia of ignoring the brilliance of Afro Latinx scholars and educators

A protest at Harvard University. Photo: Ryan McBride/Getty Images

We know of multiple cases of tenure denial to nonwhite scholars, yet the reasons for the denial are not transparent and, in the case of Harvard, there is no uniform process to evaluate professors for tenure and promotion.

What happened to Dr. García Peña confirms yet again what most of us know: academia was not built for us, especially not for Afro Latina, Black, and Indigenous women.

Social Justice Education Ph.D. candidate studying radical pedagogies and social movements in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Latin America. She/her/ella.

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