We Are Woke: A Collaborative Critical Autoethnography of Three “Womxn” of Color Graduate Students in Higher Education

Aeriel A Ashlee, Bianca Zamora, Shamika N Karikari

Abstract


This critical collaborative autoethnography examines how three “womxn” of color (Asian American, Latina, and African American) graduate students experience and resist intersectional racism and sexism in higher education. The authors reflect on their individual journeys to “wokeness” and share their collective process of cultivating a community of “sista” scholars integral to their wellness, wokeness, and persistence in an oppressive educational system. 


Keywords


women of color, intersectionality, critical race theory, woke, higher education

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