From Community College to Ph.D., It Doesn’t Matter How Long it Takes You

It doesn’t matter how long it takes you. I told this to my students recently. I often give extra words of encouragement to the students who don’t even think they can go to college because they find themselves short on credits, in a continuation school, or in general feel as if they are incapable of … Continue reading From Community College to Ph.D., It Doesn’t Matter How Long it Takes You

If it’s Inaccessible to the Poor, Then What Is It?

If it's Inaccessible to the Poor, Then What Is It? By: Xicana Ph.D. I have seen the quote many times, “If it's accessible to the poor, it is neither radical nor revolutionary”. I agreed with this phrase, but then something happened that made me question how easy it is to call something out as not … Continue reading If it’s Inaccessible to the Poor, Then What Is It?

Creating Places to Stand: On Dismantling Oppressive Behaviors in Academia

"You can't sit with us" There is a long list of reasons some people in academia will make up for justification as to why they won’t let you “sit” (interact) with them. For example, You can’t sit with them unless: You went to this elite school like they are all alums from (oh you didn’t … Continue reading Creating Places to Stand: On Dismantling Oppressive Behaviors in Academia

Surviving while in graduate school and beyond

Surviving while in graduate school and beyond By: Xicana Ph.D. "...and when we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard nor welcomed but when we are silent we are still afraid So it is better to speak remembering we were never meant to survive". -Audre Lorde While finishing gradute school, I continued … Continue reading Surviving while in graduate school and beyond

Activism in Graduate School: Our communities can’t wait for the degrees

During my first week in a new state, my advisor invited me to a meeting where policy makers would be sitting in the room. She told me I didn’t have to go, because techincally I didn’t start working for her until the quarter would begin a month later, but I decided what else was I … Continue reading Activism in Graduate School: Our communities can’t wait for the degrees