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Saturday, 08 January

542. Graduate Students of Color: Strategies for Success

1:45–3:00 p.m., Olympic II, J. W. Marriott

Program arranged by the MLA Committee on the Literatures of People of Color in the United States and Canada and the MLA Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession

Presiding: Marissa K. López, Univ. of California, Los Angeles

Speakers: Giovanna Montenegro, Univ. of California, Davis; Rafael M. Pérez-Torres, Univ. of California, Los Angeles; Luziris Turi, Univ. of Houston; Dana Williams, Howard Univ.

This interactive workshop will identify success strategies for graduate students and junior faculty members of color as they negotiate their academic careers and the job market. Following a brief overview of relevant data, we will discuss proven strategies for recruiting, retaining, and mentoring graduate students of color and focus on challenges faced by junior faculty members of color.

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