Ileana Jiménez, USA, Secondary, English
Throughout her thirteen year career, Ileana Jiménez has been a leader in the field of social justice education for students of color, LGBT youth, women and girls.
Currently, Jiménez teaches courses on feminism, Latina/o literature, LGBT literature, and memoir writing.
The hallmarks of her diversity programming initiatives for students include a yearlong series on the intersections of race, class, gender, ethnicity, religion, and sexuality in 2007-08 titled Gender and Sexuality: What’s Next in the Conversation? and her interview of Rachel Maddow in 2009. She frequently leads presentations on inclusive programming and curriculum at the annual NAIS People of Color Conference, the NYSAIS diversity conference, and independent schools in the Northeast.
In 2006, she founded the New York LGBT Independent School Educators Group, providing LGBT educators professional development and networking opportunities.
A passionate advocate for the education of girls and women, Jiménez is a frequent speaker at Smith College, where she currently chairs the planning committee for the 2010 A Legacy in the Making: A Conference for Alumnae of Color event to be held on campus.
Outside of teaching, Jiménez serves as the board secretary of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, judges for the Lambda Literary Awards, and is a recent alumna of the Progressive Women’s Voices program at the Women’s Media Center in New York.
She received her MA in English Literature at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English and her BA in English Literature at Smith College.
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