I call myself in-between. Black/white/afrolatina. Descendent of slaves and slave owners. Daughter of the American Revolution. A lawyer and a child who saw drugs sold to pay bills. A chronic dieter (fat/thin/thin/fat, and so on). A private education at tony schools, and a family profoundly impacted by the carceral state. I live in liminal spaces, with multivalent perspectives and double-consciousness. This lets me write about dominant groups and subordinated groups, about norms, rules, and daily American life as an insider and outsider at once. I write to create counternarratives, to answer my own questions, to speak for fellow liminal people, and to explore the mysteries and realities of race, gender and living in a human body right now.
I am also a working lawyer, and executive director of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley School of Law. My center focuses on the intersection of law and social justice with an emphasis on race and gender. As executive director, I speak publicly, lead workshops, write, and teach about race, gender, subordination, privilege, and power. I’m an equity and inclusion adviser to Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and advise the law school curriculum committee on social justice issues. I spearheaded the creation of the law school’s first Race and Law concentration and created the law school’s first racial justice fellowship. I’m also a regular speaker at conferences focused on race, gender, institutional racism, and other social justice issues.