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AERA Follow-up: Shoe Tales

It’s commencement season, so I could totally just write about that, but I promised that I would follow up on what happened at my AERA presentation last month. Here is what happened…..not much. I made the presentation and while people seemed “interested” in our study, they didn’t have much critique. And I really expected some. […]

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Taking a Risk at the AERA Meeting

The Annual Education Research Association meeting is happening this week. I’m presenting a paper on my shoes.  Yes, that’s right, my shoes. And gender. And race. And how those things affect how I might be perceived as a professor, especially in the classroom. The paper isn’t mine alone. I co-wrote it with Araceli Espinoza-Wade, a […]

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First 8 days of March: More Journaling Race

Hello Diary, Just as I documented in my blog last month, race is salient and ever present in my academic life. I don’t have to look for it, it finds me. My motivation for sharing this is to show how one can make daily decisions to advocate for racial equity and cultural differences (or not). […]

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First 8 Days of February: Journaling Race

February 12, 2016 Dear Diary, Race is salient and ever present in my academic life. I don’t have to look for it, it finds me. Part I. Veteranas & Rucas There is this KCET article on Facebook about an Instagram feed called Veteranas_and_Rucas, which focuses largely on the Chicano party scene in Southern California in […]

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Fresh Starts

In my December post, I wrote about my social media exhaustion and selective silence about issues of race, power, and social justice in the US. I wrote a little bit about some administrative experiences I’ve had, too, so I was nervous about that blog going out. I barely slept the night before it posted. The […]

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Selective Silence

About two weeks ago, I shut down my Facebook to the bare minimum. I use Facebook as a means to communicate with friends and family, but also with the academic community that I am a part of. Between the terrorist attacks globally, the ongoing murders of men of color in the US, and the ongoing […]

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Teaching and Grading

Over the last two days, I graded 28 student papers. And I enjoyed it. It was great to see the growth of my students’ ideas and further development of their writing skills in just five weeks. I was sharing about how much I enjoyed grading these papers with another group of college students and more […]

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Discussing Power, Privilege and Identity in the Classroom

I’m teaching a course this fall called “Creating Communities of Interest” in our Educational Counseling program. We’re going to talk about power, privilege and identity in our next class meeting. I’m nervous about it. I’ve prepared for the class meeting.  I have plans for how to get the discussion going.  But I’m always worried when I talk […]

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The Top 10 List I Don’t Want To Be On

I. So this happens. I get an email from a respected colleague in Rossier, “We’re in the Top 10!” I already know what top 10 list we’re on, and it ain’t good. USC is one of the most expensive schools for graduate school debt in the US. I already knew this because I have been […]

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Everything Old is New Again

Starting July 1, I am taking on a “new” administrative role in Rossier. After an exploratory year as the Dean’s Special Projects Assistant, I decided to apply for a “new” position as the Faculty Program Lead for the Master’s Programs. And I got it. And I am grateful. I keep using the term “new” in […]

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