My role as a reporter and writer often puts me in places that may be a little uncomfortable, but which can open up entirely new vistas and perspectives on life and the world we live in.
Honestly, I was a little intimidated covering the Faculty Women of Color in the Academy National Conference at Virginia Tech, but wow was it an amazing opportunity. I was privileged to even be in that room with 400 talented, accomplished faculty women of color who came together for the conference. I got to hear keynote presentations from Maria Hinojosa of NPR’s “Latino USA” and “In the Thick” podcast, and Brittney Cooper, assistant professor of women’s, gender and Africana studies at Rutgers University, co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective and author of books, including the recent “Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower.”
Those two speakers were both incredible, as were the other presentations I attended. This was clearly an experience I was only able to access because of my job, and I hope I did the job well with my coverage, because the experience was a personal highlight of my time at Virginia Tech so far.