By the time this Introduction sees publication, it will be March 2021, and hopefully the United States will have inaugurated a new president and the first female, Black, and South Asian vice president. I am writing on 8 November 2020, one day after one of the most fraught presidential races in American history—what was fundamentally a contest between the forces of inclusion and exclusion in contemporary America. It is indeed prescient that the essays in this issue of Departures in Critical Qualitative Research (10.1) navigate the themes of inclusion/exclusion, native/Other, insiderness/outsiderness, survival, stigma, trauma, and colonial histories.

How do Black women survive, thrive, and emerge as leaders in predominantly white and systemically racist institutions such as politics and academics? In “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action,” Audre Lorde writes:

Black women have on one hand always been...

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