Black Girl, Grad School

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

Posts tagged “academia

Safeguarding the Fragile Male Ego in Academia

Posted on 2018-06-11

‘Hey, I think you should do it this way…not because what you have is wrong, but maybe it’d read easier like this.’  I found myself saying this to a male colleague last semester, instead of outrightly saying: ‘what you wrote makes no sense to me, no matter how much I re-read it.’ I said the former because I knew that if I said what the exact problem was he (1) would not believe me and (2) tell people just how much of a bitch Tamanisha always is.  Unsurprisingly, he had other males read what he wrote too, and I do believe that they told him the exact problem without any fluff.  These men would never be subjected to number 2—however, as a trusted female…

Some thoughts on today…

Posted on 2018-01-18

So I have been having two thoughts today that I thought I’d share and also open up to comments on my thoughts.   Thought 1: Lately, I’ve been thinking about the role of the academic in all of the research that they do. I believe in activist research, however, if we are to say that morality is relative and thus conclude that it is illusive– and that objectivity is unrealistic–how do/should we advocate/fight for things in our work as academics?   I think that this is an important question, because I believe that inaction in the academy helps to produce conservatisms– and in some respects reinforce them. For instance, if we are to say that we are committed to progressive causes in the academy,…

Why must POC recount the trauma, violence, and stress in our lives, to be considered a legitimate applicant in a University’s diversity pool?

Posted on 2017-12-28

This twitter screenshot image has been floating around Facebook for awhile now, and I can’t help but to relate. In academia— just as in the media— people of colour (POC) are rarely given the opportunity to showcase the nuance that exist in our lives.  Instead, our lives are to have been traumatic for our experiences to matter to those in the academy. It is purposefully set up this way, because it is through recounting traumas and stresses in our lives, that people of color are able to gain entrance into the academy. It’s almost like we must showcase this sort of stressful performance art for white decision makers, and token POC that can be empathetic to our experiences. Earlier today, I read a piece…