Posted on January 30, 2023

Vanderbilt Professor Says Math Education Is Too ‘White, Cisheteropatriarchal’

Ryan General, NextShark, January 27, 2023

A Tennessee university professor recently made the case that undergraduate mathematics education is discriminatory against queer and transgender students of color.

Luis Leyva, assistant professor of mathematics education at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, described it as a “white, cisheteropatriarchal space” during a lecture at the Joint Mathematics Meetings 2023, the “largest mathematics gathering in the world,” in Boston on Jan. 4.


He discussed in the first part of the lecture how “Black, Latin*, and Asian QT students’ narratives of experience reflect forms of intersectionality, or instances of oppression and resistance at intersecting systems of white supremacy and cisheteropatriarchy (or white cisheteropatriarchy).”


The second part of the lecture focused on applying Leva’s framework and research findings to contend that undergraduate mathematics education “operates as a white, cisheteropatriarchal space that limits learning opportunities affirming of queer of color identities and experiences.”