Volume 8, Issue 2, now available in hardcopy and on Project MUSE and JSTOR.
The 19 essays in this issue weigh observations, best practices, and visions for learning, working, navigating, and matriculating in higher education. Research has shown that U.S. graduate programs have seen a recent rise in enrollment among racial and ethnic minority women. However, recruiting diverse students of color, achieving comparable rates of retention and degree completion, and sustaining inclusive and supportive environments remain a constant struggle.
As current graduate students and recent graduates, contributors raise compelling issues that are accessible and immediate. The issue discusses an array of topics including moving and transitioning to a new place, mentoring and teaching, caretaking, mental health, parenting, campus organizing, and intersectional identities.
Below, find 28 additional essays as well as resources for graduate students on the “Crosstalk” tab on our website.
“Graduate School and My Emancipatory Project” by Giang Nguyen-Dien
“Learning from Mistakes: The Wounding Academia” by siri gurudev (D.C. Hernández)
“Disrupting the Ecology of Inequality: Becoming the Very Thing You Didn’t Have” by Lainey Sevillano
“In the Margins of Academe: Balancing Intersecting Positionalities as Mothers of Color in Graduate School” by Briana Starks & Andrea S. Mora
“Pregnancy Loss: The Challenge I Never Saw Coming as a Doctoral Student” by Marjorine Henriquez-Castillo
“Life Balance: Teacher, Mommy, and Doctorate Degree” by Destini Braxton
“A Story of Determination: In Honor of Kay” by Shakirah Mujahid
“Brown Girl Interrupted: Experiences of a Chicana Internal Exile in the Academy” by Marisa D. Salinas
“The Smart Black Girl” by Kamryn Morris
“The Path of an Unforgotten Journey” by Mai S. Lee
“Disrupting Tradition, Speaking Truth” by Maria Ahumada
“May I Have an Afro Caramel Macchiato, S’il Vous Plaît!” by Michael Cotto
“Faculty Lounge Flashpoints and an Asian, Muslim GTA’s Navigation in the Classroom” by Joanne Baltazar Vakil
Tips or Guides
“Plan Vigorously, Network Hard” by Carissa McCray
“When Joy Comes in the Morning: Reflections from a Black Female Graduate Student” by Christina Sessoms
Bodies Out of Place
“The Way Out: Reflections on Academia’s Liberatory Possibilities” by christina ong
“Black and Woman in the Academy: Recognizing and Addressing the Manifestation of Bodies Out of Place” by Chonika Coleman-King, Gloshanda Lawyer, and Enkeshi El-Amin
“Writing for my Mother: On Tone, Form, and the Slippages of Linguistic Refusal” by reelaviolette botts-ward
“Black Academics and International Relations” by Kayla Tolbert