Rosa Clemente Interview
In Fall 2016, Challenge the Education Code, NewPublica, Navigate MN, and Latina Theory teamed up to interview Rosa Clemente. Rosa is a leading scholar on the issues of Afro-Latinx identity. Her groundbreaking article, Who is Black?, published in 2001, was the catalyst for many discussions regarding Blackness in the Latinx culture.
Rosa ran for Vice President in the 2008 U.S. election as a Green Party candidate along with Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. The pair became the first women of color ticket in American History.
In Minneapolis, the dearth of role models of color in teaching positions is 16%, despite a 67% students of color enrollment in the District in 2014. Statewide teachers of color to students of color is 4% to 29%.
We, at Challenge the Education Code, appreciate Rosa’s true to style take on the fact that, in Minneapolis, it is possible for many children of color to go their entire K-12 career and never see themselves commanding a classroom professionally. She was able to speak beyond the widely known factors like financial barriers of teacher preparation coursework along with multiple months of unpaid student teaching and low starting salaries with few opportunities for signiﬁcant increases until late in the career track.