- I’m Loud (And Not Funny) (July 4, 2011)
Self-censorship of women, how women are expected to be seen and not heard in society and academia.
- Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? (August 22, 2013)
Hubris (in the form of charisma) is viewed as competence in men, while women tend to fall by the wayside due to being perceived as less charismatic (and thus less competent).
- Missing From Science Class (December 10, 2013)
Editorial; attributes the glaring lack of women and minorities in certain fields to lack of opportunities for education, lack of role models, and an unforgiving workplaces/school atmosphere.
- How Diversity Trumped Equity--And May Kill Affirmative Action (October 10, 2012)
How universities boost their image as diverse institutions while opposing real change (eg. in the form of affirmative action, because it forces them to admit that they were/are discriminatory).
- At the Ivies, It’s Still White at the Top (June 9, 2013)
Administrators in Ivy League institutions suppress diversity by subduing minorities’ voices in favor of a lily-white workplace culture.
- Colorblind Ideology is a Form of Racism (December 27, 2011)
Colorblindness is a form of ignorance - treating everybody “fairly” ignores painful past histories and invalidates the worth of the identity of a person of color.
- Could Class Trump Race? (May 15, 2013)
A new twist on affirmative action could be underway, based on a study that admitting based on class still widens the diversity pool.
- Why American Colleges are Becoming A Force for Inequality (May 16, 2013)
Information gaps and the current business model of institutions that give little financial security to disadvantaged students are large reasons why top-tier Universities do not receive them.
- The Hidden Biases that Shape Inequality (August 12, 2013)
An explanation of how race, class and overall status affects job candidates - with a special emphasis on how motherhood impedes opportunity and income.
- Is it You or is it Racist? The Insidious Impact of Microaggressions on Mental Health (July 31, 2013)
The uneasy feelings associated with the receival of microaggressions can accumulate and contribute to “toxic stress” - stress that can cause serious harm to mental and physical health.
- 21 Racial Microaggressions You Hear On A Regular Basis (December 9, 2013)
A collection of photographs from a project highlighting the racial microaggressions people of color endure on a daily basis.
- Sh*t Academics Say (September 16, 2013)
Examples of microaggressions, and why seemingly harmless comments create a hostile environment for minority students and faculty.
- In Their Own Words: Academic Mobbing: Is Gender a Factor?
Points out how women of color faculty are often the target of emotional abuse by teams of people in the work place. Shows how to recognize these abuses and what can be done about it.
- Is There A Bully In Your Department? (March 26, 2013)
Recognizes the issue of bullying in the academic workplace and recommends readings and behavior modifications to help deal with this issue.
- Academic Mobbing (December 7, 2006)
Defines “mobbing” and offers resources to assist in resisting this harmful phenomenon.
- We Have To Protect Ourselves (Feb 19, 2014)
Professors, the very knowledge producers and extractors, are the targets for large-scale censorship.
- The 4 Most Profound Ways Privatization Perverts Education (February 16, 2014)
For-profit institutions have created educational rifts and has allowed the hunger for money cloud the original goals of education.
- Young, Black and Buried in Debt: How For-Profit Colleges prey on African-American Ambition (June 9, 2013)
For-profit institutions appeal to the dreams of ambitious African-Americans - only to crush them with debt.
- Changing the Rules (July 24, 2013)
Tenure track is an arduous status, and institutions exacerbate stress by changing deadlines and tenure requirements without warning.
- The 7-Year Experiment: Tenure-Track Without Losing Your Mind (August 14, 2013)
Dr. Eric Anthony Grollman gives a personal reflection on how he navigated tenure as a black man and insight on what it means to achieve to his status.
- Academic Acrimony: Minority Professors Claim Racism Plays Role in Obtaining Tenure
“says Ridley-Thomas, "it is impossible to convey the importance of education to youth when institutional racism blocks the aspirations of those who dedicate their lives to academic endeavors."
- Race Is At The Root Of The Divide Over Immigration Reform (May 23, 2013)
Immigration reform has intense racial divides, with anti-immigration groups echoing white supremacist views on the constant debate.
- Immigration is a Feminist Issue - We Need to Treat it That Way (August 13, 2013)
Immigration policies leave undocumented women behind bars, ripped from their children and vulnerable to sexual abuse.
- For Asian Undocumented Immigrants, A Life Of Secrecy (May 14, 2013)
Tony Choi shares his story of family struggles, lack of resources, and the constant fear of deportation - part of a larger issue of the more silent undocumented immigrants - the Asian population.
- Bias Against Older Candidates (December 17, 2008)
Age discrimination, while condemned and illegal, still takes place in academia - fuelled partly by the belief that younger academics will be more worthy of an “investment”.
- Ageism and the Academy: My thoughts and a request for yours (April 24, 2012)
Discrimination based on age for older women candidates have left many jobless and penniless, which further reinforces the firm establishment of patriarchal ideals.
- Confronting the Avoidance of Islamophobia By Social Justice Educators (May 21, 2013)
The general population has very little knowledge of racism and stereotypes that Muslims face post-9/11 in the United States - which is why spreading knowledge about the topic is essential for societal progress.
- Workplace Religious Discrimination Complaints Double Over 10 Years (November 25, 2011)
Many of these cases revolve around not granting leave for religious holidays, and showcases a case where a woman working for Gap was never allowed to work in any other department but the fitting room.
- Religion and Higher Education: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (February 6, 2011)
The benefits and costs of being actively Christian in the academic environment.
- Faculty Members, Accommodation and Access In Higher Education
A series of short essays on living with disabilities in faculty positions, and how more needs to be done to expand accessibility.
- 16 Day Challenge: Invisible Women: Violence against Women with Disabilities (December 3, 2012)
Disability is already associated with a lesser being - add “woman” into the mix, and oppression and terrorism flares ever hotter.
- Rights of Students With Disabilities in Higher Education: A Guide For College And University Students (July 2012)
A guide in what one’s legal rights are when one is a student with disabilities in higher education.
- The Underbelly of Putting Yourself Last: Mental Illness, Stress, and Substance Abuse (March 3, 2014)
The common perception that “toughing out” higher education and all of its demands as a graduate student can lead to self-abusive behaviors.
- Anti-Gay Communities Linked To Shorter Lives: Study (February 24, 2014)
Individuals that identify themselves as sexual minorities within anti-gay communities tend to have shorter lives (12 years shorter in areas with high-stigma communities).
- Health Impacts of Racism ‘Can Lead to Death’ (February 20, 2014)
The link between racism and health is a “sleeper issue” that must be addressed.
- “No, I Don’t Want To Come To Your House”: Separating The Personal and Professional Selves In Academia (April 1, 2013).
On the intricacies of being a woman of color in academia, who to trust and who not to trust, and keeping the colleague-colleague and friend-friend relationship separate.
- On Being A Wife (June 11, 2011)
About being an academic, and being the wife of an academic while battling other people’s expectation of roles.
- Rejecting the Academic Fast Track (January 15, 2009)
Graduate students are increasingly looking away from the academic fast-track, and more towards family-friendly programs and universities.
- Motherhood (June 19, 2011)
Being a mother in academia, the difficulties from structural double-standards, and why being an academic and mother are not mutually exclusive (and should not be seen as that).
- How to welcome new faculty with children: Three Tips (August 25, 2013)
How to make academia a friendlier place for parent academics.
- The Mom Penalty (6 June 2013)
Men are favored in academia, due to the rigors and lack of friendly-family aspects that women tend to consider - especially in research-intensive fields, where long hours are a necessity.
- The Wal-Mart-ization of Higher Education: How Young Professors are Getting Screwed (February 16, 2014)
“the explosion of graduate students and the abuse and overuse of adjunct and non-tenure-track faculty is the most prominent characteristic of a new employment strategy sometimes referred to as the two- or multitiered labor system.”
- Un-Hired Ed: The Growing Adjunct Crisis
Reduced funding for schools has caused adjuncts to receive barely enough pay to survive and little to no benefits (educational graphic).
- Adjunct or Starving Artist? (May 27, 2013)
Adjuncts are paid dismal amounts (around $7 an hour), with no benefits - is it better to not opt for the adjunct path at all?
- They Forgot Mammy Had A Brain AKA Defending Yourself While A Black Woman In Class (January 22, 2014)
A woman’s experience of being assaulted in class by her subtly racist professor, and what she did about it (and what she suggests others do in her place).
- Lies Your Dissertation Committee Told You (October 11, 2010)
Warnings on how dissertation committees do not necessarily prepare their wards.
- Former Graduate Student’s Gender-Discrimination Case Is Dismissed (December 6, 2013)
A former graduate student sues the University of Oregon for gender bias when she claims that she was retaliated against by not being allowed to complete the program after she complained of gender inequality.
- Three White College Students File Racial Discrimination Complaint Against Professor Over Lesson On Structural Racism (December 2, 2013)
Shannon Gibney, black female professor was reprimanded by her superiors because white male students in the class she was teaching said that they were tired of hearing about structural racism in the class.
- Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Faculty and Student Perceptions of Classroom Incivility in a Social Work Program (2011)
This study emphasizes factors of disruptive behavior from student to instructor in spaces within higher education - emphasizing frequency of occurrence, consequences, and discusses the case of race and gender as catalysts for incivility.
- Disrespect On College Campuses a Growing Problem (March 25, 2013)
A wake-up call to students about their own uncivil behavior.
- The Problem with “Privilege” (August 14, 2013)
Confessing to having privilege is dangerous because it gives the illusion of social progress, that ultimately rests on white supremacy .
- Privilege Discomfort: Why You Need To Get The Fuck Over It
By denying one’s privilege, one helps perpetuate oppressive institutions.
- This Is Your Nation On White Privilege (September 13, 2008)
Examples of white privilege to explain what white privilege is.
- Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia (2012)
Ground breaking 555-page text containing poignant testimonials by women of color in the academy as well as research that speaks of the discriminatory practices they face on the basis of gender, race, and class and its intersections.
- Mobbing: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions (2012)
The mob mentality can have some serious consequences for the targeted individual(s) - such groupthink is shallow, harmful and isolating. This text focuses on the causes of such behavior across a variety of institutions and spaces, the effect on the individual, and consolidation and methods of resistance on the phenomenon.
- The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters (2011)
This book brings to light the alarming rise in number of administrators and attributes this to the main reason behind the growing attacks against faculty productivity, tenure cases, collectivisation, and governance.
- Presumed Incompetent
Provides news accounts of the intersecting roles of race, gender, and class in the working lives of women faculty of color.
- The Feminist Wire
Contains socio-political and cultural critiques of anti-feminist opinions, practices, orientations, etc., that block or limit the satisfaction of goods or ends that humans minimally require for maintaining a biological life.
- Conditionally Accepted
A space for academics who exists at the margins of academia.