Category Archives: Journal

Together We Rise

Together We Rise (TWR) is a non-profit organization located in Brea, California. Their vision is to improve the lives of foster children in America, who are often forgotten and neglected by the public. Through collaboration with community partners TWR is … Continue reading

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Interruption

I have had to deal with feeling oppressed and hated many times before – largely because I am engaged to a woman (not just any woman, arguably the most wonderful woman on this earth.) I am supposed to be understanding … Continue reading

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Domestic Terrorism – An Institutional Problem

I should be preparing for my oral prelim right now. It’s in 4 days – and I can’t focus. I can’t focus because this world is a mess. I am frustrated beyond belief with everyone and everything. We’ve had more … Continue reading

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Exam Deflation & Imposter Syndrome

I took my prelim over the Thanksgiving break. Monday – Saturday. 6 days, 5 questions. 144 hours of anxiety-ridden hell. When an experience like that is over many people who haven’t experienced such a process before would expect one to … Continue reading

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PhDs & Kittens

I am a PhD student, I also run an animal rescue, Crazy Cat Lady Animal Rescue. Before the animal rescue was formally off the ground several folks in academia suggested I wait until after my PhD program to start this … Continue reading

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Refugees

I held an atlas in my lap ran my fingers across the whole world and whispered where does it hurt? it answered everywhere everywhere everywhere. – Warsan Shire All around the world people are suffering. Domestically are dealing with racial … Continue reading

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Spark

This semester in particular I feel stretched extremely thin. I am taking 3 classes, working 20 hours a week as a GRA, completing my prelims, planning a wedding, and running an animal rescue. This has been the most challenging semester … Continue reading

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Inclusive Pedagogy – Moving past privilege and bias toward a more inclusive climate

Before we begin, I want to break down the differences between privilege, bias, and racism.Privilege Privilege (n): a right, immunity, or benefit enjoyed only by a person (or group of people) beyond the advantages of most. Below are a just … Continue reading

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Finding my teaching voice by watching Doctor Who

While trying to think about how I want to teach I happened to be on a Doctor Who kick. Doctor who is about a humanoid alien (Time Lord to be specific) with two hearts, a blue space ship called the TARDIS … Continue reading

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Privilege and Inclusion

Growing up my mother always taught my to treat people with respect. To not judge people based on the color of their skin but by their values, morality, and empathy. When I was a child we would celebrate Martin Luther … Continue reading

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