Tikesha Renee Morgan was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY by a mother from the deep segregated south of Mississippi, and a father born and raised in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Where did they meet?! New York City of course! As a first generation college student her parents always encouraged her to achieve the highest, not to forget where you come from, and to always help others who walk beside you, behind you, and in front of you. She became interested in the field of student affairs as an undergraduate at Buffalo State College while involved in campus activities such as student leadership, student conduct, diversity alliance, and serving as a resident assistant. Tikesha's campus mentors encouraged her to pursue a Master's degree in higher education to continue the work that she was so passionate about. Fourteen years later she has served as a Hall Director at Vassar College, Assistant Director of Residence Life and Summer Programs at Suffolk University, and currently serves as Director of Multicultural Student Affairs & GLBTQ Resources at Emerson College in Boston.
The passion Morgan has for her profession has infused her personal activism and the intersectionality that she lives and breathes daily as one of the co-founders of the Lesbians of Color Collective Symposium, an organizer for Queer Women of Color, a diversity consultant for New England area community colleges and universities, and a liaison/moderator for the LGBTQ Caucus at the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity (NCORE). Her career and life plan were not laid out before her. She decided to carve a new road, add a new light pattern, and learn as much as she teaches. Her hope is that during this life and career she can encourage the students she has the honor to work with to speak the truth even when their voice shakes.
Making Our Invisibility Visible: People of Color Across Gender and Sexuality Within the College Community
The purpose of this workshop discussion is to share stories, testimonials, and experiences from LGBTQ students, faculty, and administrators of color on college campuses. These stories are often invisible within the larger discourse about race on campus. As a result, this workshop is attempting to highlight the complexities and realities associated with being "OUT" in our academic environments.
The following questions will inform the workshop:
1) What is at stake for us as LGBTQ POC?
2) What are the consequences for our careers and relationships within the institution?
3) How do we navigate the murky waters surrounding the intersection of race and sexuality in our lives and careers?