Feminist Friday Speaker | Dr. Buffy Smith

"Creating a Multi-Identity Community for Social Justice"


Friday, February 15, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Luann Dummer Center for Women

O'Shaughnessy Educational Center, Room 103


Free and Open to the Public

Other information

A light snack and refreshments will be provided.

"Creating a Multi-Identity Community for Social Justice"

Dr. Buffy Smith, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, will address how to build a multi-identity community for addressing social justice issues. She will discuss how gender identity intersects with race, class, and other socially constructed identities and provide strategies for how to create a coalition to empower individuals  to dismantle systems of oppression.

About Dr. Smith

Dr. Buffy Smith is a sociologist, educator, and consultant. She earned her B.A. in Sociology at Marquette University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The courses she teaches include Social Problems, Race & Ethnicity, Social Stratification, and the Sociology Senior Seminar. Dr. Smith’s primary research interests include examining racial and class disparities within the higher education system. She also writes on policy issues dealing with mentoring, access, retention, equity, and diversity in higher education. She has over 10 years of experience researching how colleges and universities can assist underrepresented students in understanding and navigating the institutional culture of higher education in order to achieve academic success. Such work has led her to be recognized with awards and grants in her field. For example, she was an Association for the Study of Higher Education /Lumina Fellow in 2003. As for publication, along with published articles in African –American Research Perspectives and Equity & Excellence in Education,  Dr. Smith has an upcoming book, Mentoring At-Risk Students through the Hidden Curriculum of Higher Education (2013).

Buffy Smith headshot

Dr. Buffy Smith