Cara Stanley, M.A.


Cara Stanley, M.A.

Lecturer, African American Studies & Director, Student Learning Center

P: 510-643-8818


Cara teaches courses on Black student identity and Black feminist thought. She specializes particularly on the life and work of Audre Lorde. For thirty years, she’s worked with students from K-22, empowering them to embrace their authentic selves, live up to their intellectual gifts, and take ownership of their academic journeys. Cara directs the Student Learning Center and manages the Summer Bridge Program at Cal. She is the founder of the SPEAR Middle School Scholar Academy tailored to the academic and social development of middle school students. In collaboration with the department of African American Studies, she co-founded the VéVé Clark Institute for Engaged Scholars of African American Studies to build a Ph.D. pipeline for graduate programs in African American and African Diaspora Studies. At the core of each of these endeavors is an unwavering commitment to social and educational access and equity. Cara obtained her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in Ethnic Studies and her M.A. from San Francisco State in Interdisciplinary Social Science.


African American Studies 39F: Owning Your Seat

African American Studies 39D: Black and Female: Eyeing The Spirit

African American Studies 159: Performing Scandal: Representations of Race, Gender, and Power in Shonda Rhimes’s Hit T.V. Series

African American Studies 159: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde