Interview with Kimya Loder : African and African American Studies Departmentalization Oral History Project

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Kimya Loder, a sociology PhD candidate at Stanford, discusses growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, and her early exposure to social justice and community organizing—including her family’s involvement in Birmingham’s political landscape. She explains how her experience at Spelman College influenced her views on the role of Blackness in shaping society. Loder recounts her experiences with African and African American Studies (AAAS) at Stanford before departmentalization, and the available Black spaces on campus which included the Black House, the Black Studies Collective, and the Black Community Services Center. She details her role as president of the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) and the responsibilities of the Social Action Committee. Loder outlines the BGSA’s Mobilization and Departmentalization Strategic Action Plan in detail, including the four subcommittees that were created to advocate for departmentalization, and she recalls interactions with the Framework Task Force. She reflects on the challenges that came from mobilizing during the COVID-19 pandemic, working completely remotely, and the impact of the murder of George Floyd.


Type of resource text
Extent 1 text file
Place Stanford (Calif.)
Publisher Stanford Historical Society
Date created July 27, 2022
Language English
Digital origin born digital


Interviewee Loder, Kimya
Creator Loder, Kimya
Interviewer Amaturo, Lauren
Interviewer Patterson, Casey
Publisher Stanford Historical Society


Subject Stanford University
Subject Stanford University. Department of African and African American Studies
Subject Student movements
Genre Interview

Bibliographic information

Biographical Profile Kimya Loder received her PhD in Sociology from Stanford University. Kimya’s research linked models of organizational behavior to the theories of race, gender, and sexuality-based inequality offered by feminist and race scholars to examine the hierarchies that emerge as differently advantaged non-profit organizations compete for power, status, and resources. Her dissertation work focused on the individual and collective political behavior of Black transgender women in the U.S. South. Kimya holds a B.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in International Studies from the historic Spelman College. At Stanford, Kimya received fellowships through the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, McCoy Center for Ethics in Society, and the Haas Center for Public Service. She also found joy in building community among students on campus through her work with the Black Studies Collective Research Group, Black Community Services Center, and the Black Graduate Student Association.
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Location SC0932
Repository Stanford University. Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives

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Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program interviews, 1999-2022

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