About the Speakers

Dr. Jennifer B. Delfino is a linguistic and cultural anthropologist who specializes in the study of language, racialization, and identity in the United States. Her research projects include language education and the schooling experiences of Black American students, liberal and progressive discourses of white supremacy on social media, and the pursuit of heritage language learning among second and third generation Filipino Americans. She is the author of Speaking of Race: Language, Identity, and Schooling Among African American Students (2020, Lexington Books), a Distinguished CUNY Scholar at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, and an Associate Editor for Journal of Linguistic Anthropology

Dr. Mike Mena is a Mexican American researcher and Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College, CUNY. His research focuses on the ideological perceptions of race and language in the context of American education and was awarded the NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship (2021) to conduct his research. As an educational technologist and public intellectual, his award-winning YouTube channel, The Social Life of Language, serves as a contemporary and activist pedagogical model to those interested in producing accessible and engaging educational content designed to engage wider publics, with special attention paid to reaching students of color as well as promoting the work of marginalized scholars. For his service and media expertise, he was awarded the Society for Linguistic Anthropology’s “Intellectually Informed Public Activism” Award (2019) and the Carnegie Educational Technologist Fellowship (2021).

This event is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Social Justice.