As two Black women teacher educators who contend with the neoliberal expectations of the westernized academy and the material realities of preparing teachers for P-12 contexts, we face the pressures of performing productivity while attempting to ameliorate injustices for multiply-marginalized students (e.g., Black students with disabilities facing economic hardships). Working within predominantly white spaces, we were already socially and intellectually isolated prior to the 2020 pandemic. In this collaborative essay, we articulate how COVID-19 exasperated existing educational and social inequities, yet served as a portal to collective sense-making of our heightened intersectional consciousness, sense of duty to community, and enactments of humanizing pedagogy.
Boveda, M., & Allen, K. M. (2021). Remote Portals: Enacting Black Feminisms and Humanization to Disrupt Isolation in Teacher Education. Occasional Paper Series, 2021 (46). https://educate.bankstreet.edu/occasional-paper-series/vol2021/iss46/3