High School Teacher
Joy's a high school teacher at a Manhattan independent school. As a freelancer, she's written for Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch and reviewed YA literature for School Library Journal. She co-produces two Doctor Who podcasts: Reality Bomb with Graeme Burk, and Five Years Rapid with Kyle Anderson. Joy and Nicole Hill organize the Doctor Who Fans of Color quarterly virtual meetups. If she's not watching or talking about Doctor Who, Joy’s probably training for a race or napping with her cat.
Find a fan of color and they'll tell you a story of exclusion or an uncomfortable fan experience. Fandom can often be an unwelcoming space to people of marginalized identities. This panel discusses the caveats of trying to make white spaces accessible and welcoming, and when it may be more or equally beneficial to put that energy into creating new and inclusive spaces for fans to commune and nerd out.
Finding community in fandom as Black or NBPOC fans is already a challenge in the large franchise fandoms, but what about finding your space in smaller fandoms? How do you establish yourself as not only a fan but also as a community organizer? What do you do when you're faced with racism or other -isms? This panel is designed not only for panelist sharing but for the audience to ask questions as well.