Black Girl, Grad School

an amalgamation of personal politics, and my life as a Ph.D. candidate

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The GOP Assault on Higher Education

Posted on 2017-12-05

Let’s pretend for a second, that the Trump Administration didn’t put Betsy DeVos in charge of U.S. Education system. Although her holding the U.S. Secretary of Education title is troubling enough, I want you to imagine an alternative reality. In this alternate reality, one might expect the downfall of the U.S. education system to not be as imminent–  however, in the now meme-famous words of Trump: WRONG! An article published yesterday by The Intercept, titled House Republicans Want to end Student Loan Forgiveness for Public Interest Jobs, they reveal that Republicans want, not only to ensure that higher education is untenable for poor and middle class people, but also that paying off debts from student loans are also almost impossible. As with the inaccurate branding of…

#GradTaxWalkOut ; Why we must RESIST the GOP Tax Bill

Posted on 2017-12-01

In this blog, I envisioned talking about aspects of my life, in terms of how these specific varying aspects of me, relate to my own personal politics whilst in grad school. This has been a bit hard to do, as it seems my being in grad school is currently under-attack. Quite literally. On Wednesday I participated in the #GradTaxWalkout and with good reason. I will paste a more in-depth analysis on why I am personally opposed to the GOP tax-plan, and I would also like to thank refinery29.com for reaching out to myself and other graduate students about the GOP Tax Bill. Here is my elongated response to refinery29: As an FIU graduate student, I am not allowed to work outside of the University,…

FCCs Ajit Pai wants to end Net Neutrality– The End of Critical Scholarship?

Posted on 2017-11-24

Something that has been bugging me, both with the whole GOP Tax Plan and the FCC wanting to get rid of Net Neutrality– which is largely opposed by the American people— is how both of these things put limitations on higher education and education in general. What would an internet run by corporations look like? What does it mean for scholarship that is critical of corporations? Particularly those of media corporations, is especially mind boggling. It seems that this administration is purposefully wanting to censor, guide, and direct the types of information– including misinformation– that is allowed into the American public. This of course, has ramifications for the types of scholarships that are heard and allowed into societal discussions. It is quite absurd that…

The GOP Tax Plan isn’t good for most Americans, including Graduate Students

Posted on 2017-11-19

86% of my income as a graduate student, goes towards bills.  This percentage does not include gas expenses, cost of groceries, costs of books, or any other items. [I also have two roommates]. The current tax plan as proposed by the GOP, in the form of tax cuts for wealthy Americans, worries me. It worries me and other graduate students because it would mean that we would have to leave our graduate programs– unable to afford them. As an FIU graduate student, I am not allowed to work outside of the University, otherwise, I could lose my graduate funding. This makes sense, because ideally, I am supposed to be finishing my PhD in as little time as possible.  However, because the pay grade does…

“Oh No He Didn’t” — But Yes, He Did.

Posted on 2017-11-14

As an undergrad, I would always get highly frustrated whenever Professors, fellow students, and local townspeople, confused me for any of the other nine or ten black girls on the campus. Not only were we all physically distinct from one another and majoring in separate non-related fields, but our names were nothing alike. I felt relieved by the thought that this would not happen at the graduate level, due to the close tight-knit academic communities that were formed within departments; But, I was wrong. It turns out that facing micro aggressions just comes with being black. Don’t get me wrong, my tight-knit academic community is really close, warm, and welcoming. Unlike undergrad, there was only one other black girl in my program at the…