Edited by: Kimberly McKee, Ph.D. and Denise A. Delgado
While the experiences of women of color in the professoriate continue to proliferate, the voices of their successors in graduate school are unheard. Yet, these women’s voices must be located within a broader discussion of the intersection of gender, race, and sexuality in the academy. By centering the lived realities of this current generation of scholars, this edited volume is meant to serve as a tool for women of color doctoral and masters students as well as their peers contemplating entering the academy. These women reflect on how commitments to diversity and inclusivity do not translate to an understanding of how their intersectional experiences impact their work differently than their white female peers. Acknowledging the resistance and lack of understanding faced within their cohorts, departments, and families, each essay provides a glimpse into their everyday interactions with the outside world.
By centering the lived realities of this current generation of scholars, this anthology will examine the success and failures to sustain a commitment to diversity and inclusivity throughout the graduate school experience along with a discussion on how queerness impacts these experiences. We suggest that a deeper discussion of the graduate school experience is needed to aid the professional growth and create a sustained pipeline of women of color from graduate school to the academy. In doing so, this project will also highlight the experiences of women of color who selected a path outside of the professoriate and pursue non-academic, non-faculty careers.
 For the purposes of Don’t Air the Dirty Laundry, we define “current generation” by individuals who received their doctorates and/or master’s degrees from 2010 or later.