On Being Race, Classed, Sexed & Gendered

Dr. Badruddoja’s commitment to teaching and being in service to students is one of the cornerstones of her professional accomplishments. To request Dr. Badruddoja to serve as a dissertation committee member, please send her/them an e-mail.

 

Race & Resistance (SOC 302 SYLLABUS (Spring 2016))

“Dear Dr. B., Thank you. This class has largely impacted my Manhattan experience and outlook on life. I have never witnessed a teacher have such a profound influence on a classroom. Please do not stop doing what you are doing. Women of color need you, white women need you, all men need you, Manhattan College needs you, and our society at large needs you.”

Dear Dr. Badruddoja, I can’t thank you enough for the amazing experience I had throughout this semester because of your class. You are truly an inspirational, excellent, and AMAZING professor and human being. It is strange for a class to stay with you but I can honestly say that I am definitely more aware of my surroundings and how to think correctly on these topics touched upon in classI will always carry your words with me as I walk through lifeAnd if in the beginning students did not expect or care for this class, it was because of you that it became on the top of our lists. You completely caught us by surprise, and what I thought would be harsh semester it turned out to be a class that unlike any other = WE NEEDED and ultimately enjoyed. Thank you for everything Dr. B!”

“Thank you so much for all the help you have given me this semester. I was really struggling with the class and you were always available to help. … Your class completely changed my view on events in American history, as well as the history and oppression of others. I would have never learned any of this had it not been for this class. Once again I would like to thank you for helping me and being a great teacher. I will really miss your class. Thank you…”

 

Codes of Gender (SOC 290 Syllabus (Fall 2016))

“Dear Professor Bad[r]uddoja, I just wanted to let you know how much I am thoroughly enjoying your class.  I know you don’t know much about me, but I am not the type of person who enjoys school.  I have a full time job during all college breaks, and still working 30-35 hours a week even during the semester…Although that doesn’t relate to anything, it shows that I am not one for school and am doing multiple things to not be here.  With that being said, your class is the ONE class that has my full attention and interest.  I can honestly say I look forward to your class and our discussions and that is not true about other classes.  You’re truly one of, if not the most, passionate, influential, and knowledgeable professors I have ever had in my entire life. Thank you so much for everything that you have done thus far. There is not a doubt in my mind that it will continue to get better.”

“Dr. B, I just want to say THANK YOU for everything you have done for me and our class. You have truly inspired me. I never met someone, especially a professor, who is so passionate about what they do. Your genuine care for racism has influenced me to go out in the world and educate people the way you have educated me. I look forward to spread awareness about sexual assault and racism to my peers. I also will be encouraging as many people as I can to take your course. I plan on writing a letter to the administration about making this course a freshman year requirement. Leaving the classroom today almost brought me to tears, I will really miss sitting in your class three days a week. It has truly been a pleasureYou[’r]e a wonderful woman. Thank you so much once again.”

Your course was one of the few awesome and most memorable courses I’ve ever taken at MC. Honestly, I’ve never had much interest and taken notice of the gender divides in our society until you brought me that awareness. Your passion in teaching that course really did perk my interest in everything about gender. And also you are one of the best professors I’ve ever had. If I had another opportunity, I would take the course all over again

 

Sex & Violence (SOC 153 Syllabus (Fall 2016) [s&v])

“Hello Dr. B! … It’s funny, topics from your class last year first semester still come up in my life more often than I thought. I’m constantly talking about it, and referring back to information that we discussed in class. I am so thankful to have taken your class. You started off my college experience in the best way possible! By the way, …there was one person…who[m] I [met]… and in December we will make a year of dating. … Your class has taught me so much, and I am happy to say that I am in a very happy, loving, consensual, fair, and honest relationship. THANK YOU! :-)”

“Dear Dr. Badruddoja, I just want to thank you for everything you’ve taught in this class. Everything. Thank you for being the courageous woman that you are because you have been such a role model to me. Just watching you speak gives me the courage to speak to others. I don’t know how long it would have taken for my silence to be broken if I hadn’t taken this class. A few things that you said today really got me thinking about my own resistance to this class. I was open to the material, but I wasn’t open to accepting and absorbing that information so that I could relay it to others because that would have just made my experience with sexual assault so much more real. It would have forced me to break my silence. And everything that I was afraid of came true and my silence is being broken right now. … I thought that incident demeaned me. I thought that incident defined me. It doesn’t. I realize that now. And I feel the rage that you feel. … I have this rage…[f]or me. For humanity. And I thank you for instilling it in me. I thank you for showing me the way. I thank you for being the woman that I hope to be one day. I don’t even know how to close this letter. The only thing I can think of saying is I love you!”

“Dear Dr. Badruddoja, I did not want to leave without saying thank you for all your help and wisdom over the past few years and above all, thank you for being a badass role model to me. Your classes were eye opening and I felt that I have learned so much; Concepts and ideas that I would have struggled to make sense of it wasn’t for you and your style of teaching which I find to be so alluring. I also appreciated your kindness and support when I was struggling and will not forget it. I’m hoping our paths cross again but if not, my sincere thanks.”

“Hi Dr. Badruddoja[.] I just wanted to say hello and tell you how much you still impact me to this day. Since your class, I think of things in completely different lighting and what I learned on white privilege and rape still affects me. Instead of doing our work, [we] have been raving about you to our friends and how they need to take your class. We have reiterated how “bad ass” (excuse my language) you are. [We] always rave about you… . I just wanted to let you know how much you have impacted not only my life, but [all of our] lives as well. I’m sure you have impacted more than just us and I hope you continue to change the lives of Manhattan College students in future classes. Hopefully I have the privilege of seeing you soon and having another class with you before my time ends here at MC.”

 

Social Inequalities (SOC 304 SYLLABUS (Spring 2016))

“I want to thank you for everything you’ve done for me in the past year[.] I’ve learned so much from you and you’ve enlightened and inspired me in ways that cannot be articulated, and I can easily say youve changed my life and the way I see the world. You are truly an amazing woman!”

“Dear Dr. Badruddoja, I was just emailing you to thank you. Thank you for a class that honestly changed me and opened my eyes to the injustices in the world. I was truly impacted by you and your class and I will never forget the lessons I have learned. I hope to take another one of your classes in the future.”

“Dear Dr. B…[E]very day in your classroom is…a learning experience for me, and I cannot even begin to express how appreciative I am of what you’ve taught me. Your material has truly changed the way I view the world, and I’m deeply grateful for that.”

 

Chair, Department of Sociology

“Dr. Badruddoja is a highly qualified expert in the field of sociology who additionally has considerable interdisciplinary knowledge across the whole spectrum of women’s studies. She commands an extraordinary repertoire of theoretical perspectives, including cutting edge approaches to critical studies of maternity, gender identity, intersectionality and the sociology of violence. Moreover, her expertise in the area of Asian Studies was actively sought out during our search and is a huge asset to the Department, to International Studies as well as Women and Gender Studies, and to the College at large.

Dr. Badruddoja has proven to be exactly the academic professional we had envisioned when we selected her for hire from an extremely competitive pool of applicants. In hiring [her], we admittedly had extremely high expectations. The expectations have been not only met but significantly exceeded. I am deeply impressed with how much Dr. Badruddoja has accomplished in such a short period of time. The sheer volume of contributions she has made to our campus, our Department, our College, and our discipline is a testimony to her extraordinary capabilities and well-cultivated organizational skills. In my judgement, she is an amazing scholar, dedicated teacher and generous colleague who ‘does it all’ while somehow still finding time for her family.”

“[Dr. Badruddoja’s] pedagogical technique [are] highly effective and I greatly appreciate how she dedicates special attention to build written, oral and analytical competencies. She demonstrates a clear command over the material, an engaging and effective repertoire of pedagogical techniques, and an acute and penetrating delivery that transforms her classes into dramatic learning laboratories. She takes sound risks in the classroom and the students really appreciate the passion and energy that she mobilizes in order to make every class count. Her extensive use of technology…highlights an agile command over instructional methods that enhance multiple levels of student interaction. In every respect, [Dr. Badruddoja] displays highly cultivated teaching skills and systematically deploys them in the classroom to the great benefit of our students. … [Dr. Badruddoja] displays a keen awareness of the physical layout of each classroom space and effectively seeks to exploit the available resources at hand to transform her class into a learning laboratory. As noted earlier, she takes sound risks in the classroom that delivers a pedagogical punch.”

“Dr. Badruddoja…is a highly creative teaching professional who dedicates considerable preparation of all course materials and presentations. At the same time, her courses are dynamic and constantly evolving, both in terms of content as well as in teaching strategy as she carefully measures up capabilities of her students and adapts to their potential.

An illustrative case: Probably her most difficult course assignment has been SOC 302: Race and Resistance due to the controversial nature of the course and the high levels of student discomfort typically experienced when exposed to the material. … [Dr. Badruddoja] experienced similar reactions in SOC 302 during her first semester at Manhattan College… Sensing the polarization being experienced, Dr. Badruddoja requested consultation with the Chair on several occasions in order to help her get a better grip on our students, including their uneven levels of maturity, predominantly East Coast sensibilities, and variable academic abilities. 

Following her first semester experience with SOC 302, I broached the possibility of staffing the course with adjunct faculty, something that had been routinely done in the past. [Dr. Badruddoja] would hear absolutely nothing of it. Instead, she asserted a firm insistence on keeping the course and confidently suggested that she was already thinking about how to re-orient her approach for the next time offered. [S]he taught the course once again with dramatically different results. …[S]he  display[ed] great skill in this class, handling sensitive material while forcing students to face their own attitudes without reprimanding or singling out individual students. An impressive 93% of the students rated her teaching performance as “excellent”… These were unprecedented positive student evaluations in this controversy-laden and historically polarized course. In the end, I was personally awe struck and grateful for how effectively and energetically she embraced the enigmatic challenge posed by SOC 302.”

Faculty Against Rape (F.A.R.)

Faculty Clergy Campaign

In an effort not to be trapped by the prevalent misinterpretation of “mandated reporting,” FAR is encouraging members to consider joining the Ordination Campaign. By becoming an ordained clergy and notifying your administration of your status, your conversations with students will remain confidential. Please click here for more information about the Ordination Campaign.

As part of the Faculty Clergy Campaign supported by  FAR, Dr. Badruddoja became an ordained minister in 2015 with the hopes that her conversations with students will remain confidential. However, the College has determined that they cannot permit Dr. Badruddoja to function as a  confidential resource.

In response, Dr. Badruddoja writes:

“Indeed, OCR under Title IX requires the following individual to report sexual violence to University Campus Police and the Title IX Coordinator:Police Department Personnel; Dean of Students; Coordinator of Housing Services; Housing Staff; Student Activities Director; Athletic Director and Coaching Staff; Administrators; Faculty; Director of Human Resources;and External Campus Title IX Designees.

And OCR does not require the following individuals to report without the student’s consent: PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS; PROFESSIONAL HEALTH CENTER STAFF; and, PASTORAL COUNSELORS.

Without close examination of OCR’s ‘Confidentiality and a School’s Obligation to Respond to Sexual Violence’, one may assume an impenetrable dichotomous understanding of resources that are confidential versus non-confidential as outlined above.

Here, please refer to pages 18 and 23 of The United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, The Assistant Secretary, ‘Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence.’

On page 18: ‘OCR strongly supports a student’s interest in confidentiality in cases involving sexual violence. There are situations in which a school must override a student’s request for confidentiality in order to meet its Title IX obligations; however, these instances will be limited… . … A school should be aware that disregarding requests for confidentiality can have a chilling effect and discourage other students from reporting sexual violence.’ [Emphasis added]

On page 23: ‘OCR recognizes that some people who provide assistance to students who experience sexual violence are not professional or pastoral counselors. They include all individuals who work or volunteer in on-campus sexual assault centers, victim advocacy offices, women’s centers, or health centers (“non-professional counselors or advocates”), including front desk staff and students.  OCR wants students to feel free to seek their assistance and therefore interprets Title IX to give schools the latitude not to require these individuals to report incidents of sexual violence in a way that identifies the student without the student’s consent. These non-professional counselors or advocates are valuable sources of support for students, and OCR strongly encourages schools to designate these individuals as confidential sources.’ [Emphasis added]

What this potentially means is that faculty members whose expertise reside in sex and violence, rape culture, rape on campuses, etc. and/or Coordinators/Directors/Chairs of Women and/or Gender Studies programs/departments designated as confidential sources.”

What this potentially means is that faculty members whose expertise reside in sex and violence, rape culture, rape on campuses, etc. and/or Coordinators/Directors/Chairs of Women and/or Gender Studies programs/departments should be designated as confidential sources.”

Dr. Badruddoja is also a  Domestic Violence Specialist (DVS) certified in the state of NJ by Babyland Family Services since 1999.

 

KNOW YOUR IX!

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