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How this VP is resetting and restarting fall 2020…

Hola Mamis!

For many of us on the staff/administration side, it feels like there was never really a break, not a clean cut from spring break back to school. To top it off we had a summer overloaded with emotional and extra hard work. Our students’ and employees’ wellbeing has been top of mind. The vital role community colleges play in our communities is magnified moving into the new school year in a #worldpandemic, with high #unemployment and much uncertainty. One thing is very clear, increased needs for what community colleges have to offer has grown exponentially which makes my work and leadership even more important.

#scholarmami’s last post invited me to pause and think. I have been contemplating the wins of the school year ending as fall 2020 begins. Taking stock of what has been accomplished is not something I often do but this year’s list makes me pretty darn proud. Considering what is still to be done and new goals for the new year also help me get clarity and focus on the work ahead. While there are always fires which must be put out, keeping a clear eye on the larger, longer term goals is healthy and necessary to make larger, systemic and systematic change which our schools and communities need now more than ever. So, thank you #scholarmami for the opportunity to pause and think. I am feeling pretty great and energized to keep myself intentionally #onthemove. I have a new journal in which I will be setting goals. Also, I am going to be intentional about setting up an “inspiration wall” full of quotes and imagery that keep me grounded and help me keep going when the going gets tough.

Aside from writing last school year’s accomplishments and setting personal, professional, and divisional goals for the coming year… I now have to also consider how it will all be done as I play 1st grade teaching assistant to Isabel. We have opted to keep her at home/virtual the entire fall semester. This past weekend I found myself “nesting”, clearing out clutter so that I may make space in my home office for this little one to do virtual learning. Olivia will be alongside us and hopefully also interested in doing all of the pre-k activity books we’ve purchased for her. I’ll have to remember to take the traditional back to school pictures of all of us. This is a back to school we’ll never forget. #grace will continue to be the key, every darn day.

Staff/administrator mamis, how do you get yourself renewed and ready for the new academic year? Let me know by sharing your comments below!

be well and take care,

-vpmami

Every Semester Needs a Plan

Example Monthly Plan

Hey Mamis!

I began my journey in academia as a tenure-track faculty member in Fall 2013. Like many faculty of color, I was the first in my family to pursue this role. I was excited to begin my new position, but I  wasn’t entirely sure of how to plan for the upcoming six years. I had my tenure and promotion guidelines and thought I would work really hard to achieve my goals. 

My first semester went by, and with two new class preps, I was proud of submitting one manuscript for review. Six years is a long time, right?

Wrong.

Spoiler alert: Six years goes by very quickly! Time flies even more when you realize manuscripts may take years to move from review to publication. (One of my publications took three years at a top-tier journal!) 

After some great coaching by my mentor, Dr. Maria Martinez-Cosio, and participating in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity summer faculty bootcamp, my whole approach to writing changed. I learned I needed to have a plan. In fact, every semester needs a plan! As a result, my approach to research and writing changed dramatically. I’m happy to share my writing process with you! (Disclaimer: This was my pre-COVID-19 strategy, but hopefully you will find these steps helpful!)

  1. Print out a monthly calendars for the semester (see above). Yes, this is old fashioned. Yes, it is killing trees by using paper. However, it is easier for me to see the semester by laying out all of the upcoming months.
  2. Find your favorite pencil. Hey, plans change! All of my semester plans are written in pencil, just in case!
  3. Begin to mark your calendar with the first and last day of class, university holidays, conference and grant application deadlines, professional development, and personal/family engagements.
  4. Based on the conference and grant application deadlines, plan backwards. On a separate piece of paper, write down all of the required components for these proposals. Include each of these components in your calendar so you have draft(s) completed before the due date. Please note: Your institution may require additional steps for grants. My grant applications were required to go through a pre-approval process prior to submitting the application. Allow extra time, if needed!
  5. Identify your writing projects and determine the tasks that need to be completed for each. These tasks may range from minor edits on one manuscript to starting from scratch on another manuscript. After you have written each task for your manuscripts, set goals for completing the tasks. Then (you guessed it), plan backwards! I set weekly writing goals and strive to accomplish one or two writing goals per manuscript per week.
  6. Next, open up that planner (again, I’m old school and use a paper one) and include your tasks for each goal in your weekly planner. It works best if you allocate at least 30 minutes of writing time per day. 
  7. Protect that writing time as much as you can! This is your investment in yourself and your future. It’s not time to give up for a meeting or a coffee break. Guard it with your entire being! 
  8. If things go awry (who can plan and write with a sick kiddo??), then take out that favorite pencil and re-strategize. Give yourself some grace! But also, make sure you get back on track as soon as you can.

This is my approach to research and writing, and it has worked well over the years. I encourage you to try it for two weeks! Let us know how it goes. Also, feel free to share your tips and strategies for a productive semester by commenting below!

Wishing you a great fall semester,
#scholarmami

Mamis Coaching Mamis

Hola Mamis!

You have found your passion in higher education, and then what!?

Consider the coach… Any great team has a great coach! There are even specialty coaches who focus on specific pieces vital for individual and team success. But as #mamis and #professionals, we seldom have access to great coaches much less any who understand the trifecta of being a #latina #mami #higheredprofessional. 

What do I do? I have multiple pockets of people who serve as coaches and sounding boards. Some of us are in the same boat and are of the same generation paving the road to success together. Others are in places and spaces I aspire to arrive into– and it has taken a ton of time to work up the courage to ask them to be my support and answer my questions. Many times I don’t have aligned identities with folks who serve as my coaches and guides, but I can do a good job piecing together their advice and making it work for me. Still, there is a void. I have not yet met the #latina #mami #highered #unicorn who can serve as my higher education guru, guide, sister-in-success and all things mothering, cultura, and personal and professional life. Hence, my sisterhood of #mamis and #latinas in #higher education has come to me but at a price… paying many thousands of dollars and participating in professional development and conferences which are only offered to few and can only be funded/afforded by even less. 

All of what I just said is why Dr. Taryn (#scholarmami) and I felt so strongly about starting #mamisonthemove. We are creating a network and space where #latina #mamis in #highereducation faculty and administration guide you through the trifecta that is our life. We are here for you, want to make ourselves available to you, and know we will be able to get you well on your way to unscrambling the difficulty that can be living this life as a #mamionthemove!

-#vpmami

Hey Mamis!

Just as Dr. Mayra (#vpmami) said: The #guru #unicorn does not exist! This is the same for mentorship and coaching. You will never find the one person who can fulfill all of your #academic and #professional needs. (Sorry, but it’s true!) However, you can find a coach and mentor who has a demonstrated expertise and can offer assistance in a very specific way! 

This is where your #MatrixofSupport comes in! Take a minute and think about your professional and personal needs, goals, and areas of support. You might even map it out! If you’re a #postdoctoral fellow or #tenure-track faculty member, your areas of need might include: research and publications, grants, teaching, service, family, friends, childcare, and personal self-care. Then, consider the types of support you need in each of these areas. Who are the individuals you turn to when writing manuscripts? Who can offer guidance on grant writing and management? Finally, who do you go to for emotional or psychological support? Who is your shoulder to cry on? 

Next, look at your Matrix and identify the gaps. Gaps are OK. We just want to fill them! 

Your next step can be to consider the specific individuals you can support a unique task. It’s too much to ask one individual to be your everything. Instead, someone might be able to offer support with a particular area!

That’s where #mamisonthemove comes in! Dr. Mayra and I have unique experiences and accomplishments in administration and academia. Our background coupled with #cultural competency and #mamihood can help you jumpstart your academic and professional career. Let us know how we can help! Comment below or send us a note. We want to hear from you!

-#scholarmami

Tips for Overcoming Mami Overwhelm

Hola Mamis! 

During this pandemic, the overwhelm has come a few times (maybe more than I wish to acknowledge). So when that happens here is how it manifests itself…

Clean—I have the Monica syndrome… when I feel like I’ve lost control of all things, cleaning gives me a sense of order and control. I know it fixes nothing, potentially, related to work or home. But at least I feel like I am taking care of one of the few things I can- the order and cleanliness of my home. If you ever see me re-arranging things in my office or come by my house and see me with a vacuum cleaner in hard, let me get at it! I’m going to feel so much better once I am done. 

Cry. It is a great release of all the stress I may be feeling and helps me get over all of the emotion of everything I can’t control (see a pattern here? Control freak much?). Sometimes I cry and my girls see me. I allow them to see me because I want them to see that Mami also gets frustrated and has big feelings. I also allow them to be with me when Alejandro talks me through what is happening and helps me feel better. Mami and Papi help each other feel better and this teamwork is something we intentionally role model. 

Independent of how I help myself to get over my feelings of being overwhelmed, once I have that release of my big emotions I get back on the horse and keep on moving. Talking with loved and trusted folks really helps me get organized and consider what’s the “next right thing” as Anna says in Frozen 2. Yup. Frozen. 

Be well Mamis! 

-#vpmami

Hey Mamis!

How are y’all doing? With a pandemic and planning for the upcoming semester, it sometimes feels like there is just too much going on. (There is, btw.) When I start feeling that pressure in my chest, I know it’s time to do a few things.

First, get organized! When the “To Do” list seems like it is going and going, it’s time to pause and reassess. Look at that “To Do” list and see what you can delete, delegate, or decline (Yes, the Three D’s!). Get your planner and calendar out, mark your deadlines, set up your timelines, and plan as much as possible. This structure will break big projects into smaller tasks, which will help you feel like you’re making progress and accomplishing your goals!

My other strategy to combat overwhelm is spending (virtual) time and laughing with family and good friends. I now have Zoom on my phone, so I use it (along with FaceTime) to stay connected with loved ones. It’s been a great way to keep in touch, and it’s provided a much needed outlet to share frustrations or process feelings. It’s also an opportunity to watch a show together and laugh and laugh (see #Nailed It on Netflix). These quick calls help me feel re-energized and ready to tackle the next best thing. 

Finally, take a Mami Timeout! A Mami Timeout is a small break for me to relax in peace and quiet. Mami timeouts can include going into the guest room to watch a show or scroll on my phone. It could also be running an errand alone, listening to music, or doing some breathing exercises with essential oil in the diffuser. In all honesty, my favorite Mami Timeout is a nap! Sometimes we just need a little time to refocus for the remainder of the day.

Let us know your strategies for handling overwhelm. What do you do? Who do you go to for support? Leave a comment or send us a message

-#scholarmami

Mami Investments

Hola Mamis!

We learned, early in our lives, to put others before self in almost all realms of life. For me, this translates to being the last one to eat or the last one to be ready because I make sure everyone else is ready, or the last to go to bed because I am tidying the house for the next day. 

Where I don’t put myself last… is in investing in myself professionally! 

I recall being in a meeting where we were talking about attending conferences when Olivia (now 4) was still a baby. The person over the meeting said “you probably don’t want to leave the baby! You don’t have to go!”… WRONG! I definitely want to leave this baby and want to attend this conference! Mami needed a break AND professional advancement! (I’ll share how I overcame Mami travel guilt on another post!)

Sometimes folks think Mamis do not or cannot partake in professional development opportunities due to our family commitments. I want to challenge folks (and Mamis!) to consider that it is because of our families that we must learn and grow. We want to excel and achieve our long-term goals, thus we need to engage meaningfully in professional development opportunities.  

Most of my most meaningful and transformative learning has come from taking part in webinars, conferences, career coaching, and workshops. I am intentional about what I choose, and because professional development funds are made available to me through work, I also ensure it directly impacts and connects to my current work and goals. Often I find that the learning and general concepts also translate well and benefit my home life and my community engagement.

How do you invest in yourself? Comment below or send us a message and let us know! You got this, Mami!

-#vpmami

COVID-19 Mami Guilt Confessions

Hey Mamis!

Come closer! I have a secret to tell you. Guess what?

Mami guilt is real and the force is strong. 

Actually, for us mamis, maybe that’s not such a big secret! 

It’s true, though. Mami-ing is a 24/7 job, and sometimes it feels like our careers are the same way. We’re expected to be accessible and respond quickly to emails, meeting invites, all the things! One thing is for sure: Motherhood and academia will never tell you that you have done enough. 

There’s always more. And isn’t more always better?

I spend the better part of my day tag-teaming between Zoom calls, responding to emails, and working on research projects. In between all of that, I’m prepping meals, doing housework, setting up Play-Doh, or playing The Secret Life of Pets more than a few times. 

And, after a long work day, it’s difficult to have the energy to play and engage when all I want to do is unplug. I then start thinking I should want to do play, play, play! I should want to give more or do more. Sound familiar? 

Mamis, if you start going down this rabbit hole. Just stop!! You’re going to should yourself to death. 

Instead, be as fully present as possible. Sometimes that means just cuddling on the couch to watch cartoons. Sometimes that means sharing in a snack with the tv off. Do what you can and move along.

The days are long, but the years are short. Make memories where you can, enjoy the fun times, and treat yo self for all of your hard work! You deserve it.

-#scholarmami

Hola Mamis!

This weekend as I binged on (and actually finished) Padma Lakshmi’s Taste the Nation entire first season, I sent a text to #scholarmami about the fact I should probably be up and running around with my kids. But alas, I didn’t. I sat on the couch (which had its grip so tight on me I could not get off of it) and thought about all the super moms who were likely up doing homemade volcanoes with their kids or making slime or being active outside all on the same day. By the way, if you saw my post on our #Mamisonthemove Instagram page I did get enough energy to bake with the girls. That was my mom-success for the weekend…along with the fact all were fed multiple times per day and everyone is still alive. #praiseJesus!

But all of these shoulds! They say comparison is the killer of all joy and as I scroll through social media where I see other mommas doing awesome things and I think “dang! I’m not doing that!” -insert guilty feeling-.

But, the moment I hear my youngest talk on her play phone and have excellent phone etiquette or hear my oldest delegating tasks to her stuffed animals I remember these babies are learning by watching! Guess what?! I’m creating little vice presidents! -insert happy dance-. Also, life as a #vpmami was tiring before COVID-19 but it is another and certainly also super draining kind of exhausting now. Be it the video conferences or the mounting pressures of figuring out what schools will look like for the rest of summer and fall terms, this is exhausting. Hence my need to stay on the couch for multiple hours per day on the weekends. I am going to try to stop feeling all the guilt and focus on the little wins while allowing myself resting time.

-#vpmami

How do you handle #mamiguilt? Share a comment below or send us a message! #mamishelpingmamis

Mami Support Team: A Father’s Day Shout Out

Hola Mamis!

Being a #mamionthemove requires having a great support system. I am blessed to have Alejandro as part of that support system. From the start of our relationship, I told him I had high professional aspirations. I started my doctoral program the weekend after we got married. The road has been bumpy, but I have to say having Alejandro by my side supporting my professional, academic, and personal paths has been a blessing. Having been raised by a widowed mother, I highly value having a partner after seeing my mother struggle but persist.

Before becoming engaged, I was clear I would not be staying home with our children. Additionally, after learning my father passed quite suddenly, continuing to work became essential because who knows? Maybe I will need to ensure I have a professional life to speak of should my and my family’s life depend on it. Then…Isabel was born. The post-partum depression and the momma bear instinct born along with her were strong in me. I started to second guess leaving my baby. My tribe came through though, led in part by Alejandro. He told me to try, Isabel would be ok. His support was imperative. I continue to grow professionally and as a Mami and I can honestly say life without this dadda would definitely stifle my movement.

To the Mamis out there who may be without a partner… my maternal abuelita was my mother’s most constant and stable support. Cousins, aunts, and uncles came through for us as well. Support can take many different shapes, allow yourself to be supported and to finally accept that help you’ve been offered many times. We can’t and shouldn’t do life alone.

Alejandro, gracias for showing our babies an example of a loving and supportive partnership. Happy Father’s Day.

-#vpmami

Hey Mamis!

That’s right! As Mayra said, it takes a village to raise a child and pursue your career. We need all the help we can get when we have a full-time job at the office and at home (that’s two full-time jobs, if you’re counting!). That is one of the reasons I am so grateful for the support of my husband, Philip.

For us, many life events were on hold until we graduated and earned our graduate degrees. As a result, we did not begin to really begin “adulting” until my first year on the tenure track. We were engaged my first year on the tenure track and married my second year. I was a pregnant Mami searching for our first house during year three, and baby arrived year four. The fifth year consisted of juggling childcare and making a strong push with my research agenda. It is because Philip picked up the slack when I needed to attend conferences or took the night shift when I had an early morning meeting that I was able to meet (and exceed!) expectations and earn tenure. He has supported my career ambitions, and for that, I am thankful. Happy Father’s Day, Philip!

It’s important to note that just as a “Guru Mentor” fails to exist, so does an all-encompassing “Guru Supporter.” We have different needs and rely on different individuals to help us achieve our goals. Now might be a good time to take stock of your personal and professional needs. For example, what is your dream job? What helps you maintain your physical well-being and mental health? By exploring your needs, you can identify areas to address (find support) and even find comfort in knowing you have supporters already rallying around you!

-#scholarmami

We also want to hear from you! Who are your biggest cheerleaders and supporters? Who has helped you arrive at where you are today? Where do you need to find some assistance or guidance? Please comment below or send us a message. We would love to hear from you!

Building a Revolutionary Business

Hola Mamis!

We recently met with Dr. Stevie Dawn to discuss and plan our business strategy for the next 90 days. We are thrilled with the potential of Mamis on the Move! These are our reflections on building a revolutionary business for Mamis in higher education.

What are your key takeaways from the planning session?

Taryn: After our planning meeting, a few things stood out to me. First, I was surprised by how much we have accomplished in such a short period of time! We have accounts on social media (like our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram). We’ve maintained our regular postings and created new material each week for our blog. It’s pretty outstanding, especially since we are both very busy Mamis! 

Also, I love that we have an opportunity to bring our tagline – Intentionally Moving Through – to the forefront of our work. We know Mamis are pulled in many directions. We receive multiple “asks” a day for more time, energy, labor, all the things. It’s exciting to share our strategies on intentional practice through our website and programs (coming soon!). We don’t have to do everything; instead, we can be selective and purposeful in our work. 

Mayra: It was also great to discuss our intention to unapologetically focus on this community: the Mamis community. We want to be inclusive and are always welcoming of all. We are also clear that Mamis on the Move was born out of a need Taryn, I, and many other Mamis have to be able to be in community with other Mamis or Mamis-to-be who also work in higher education.

Like other environments, higher education could be better in many ways, but especially in its development and support of mothers. Mothering is not always welcomed or seen as an asset. Instead, we are told in our graduate programs to “not get pregnant” as our ability to remain focused on our profession will be questioned if we want to have a family. These messages follow us into the classroom and the executive suite.

Just a little secret: becoming a mother made me a much better professional and a heck of a lot more assertive and intentional as an administrator. We are helping other women’s babies! I would want someone to fight ferociously to ensure my child had the best experiences and opportunities and that’s what I strive to do every day for my students. 

What are our next steps?

Taryn: We broke out the calendar last Friday, and we now have some events lined up! It’s so exciting to see our ideas come to fruition! As we plan, we are also eager to learn what other Mamis need and want. Comment below or contact us to share your stories and needs!

Mayra: We will carefully curate our offerings for you to ensure you get more of what you need to help you address feelings of concern or distress as it relates to your advancement as a Mami in higher education. We love to hear what you need! Also know there will be opportunities for small group and one-on-one time with us. Get excited!

Vacation? What vacation?

Serving drinks and giving manicures during my COVID staycation. Pictured here are Olivia (4), Isabel (6), and on the hammock, my Mami-Rosario.

Hola Mamis!

Let’s be brutally honest… is it really a vacation if it entailed bringing your children along? For me, with children ages 6 and 4, nope, it’s not a vacation…yet. I am still cooking (unless we are visiting family and then I let my happy belly be fed), bathing people, putting people to sleep, waking up way earlier than I want, potty training (she’s had a hard time, ok?! no judgement zone!), maybe even washing clothes, etc. etc. etc.

Am I blessed? 100% I love these people, we wanted very much to have them and, so, here we all are. Together. Always. And #vpmami needs a break.

This is my week off from work. My sweet hubby says “but you get a break, right? you get to relax a bit?” Well? Not really. Let’s talk about the fact that alone time is the best kind of break I can have. There, I said it. This is hard to come by during a pandemic and shelter in place (yes, I still am limiting my outings and contacts with the outside world). #scholarmami and I joke about the treasure that is alone time and how we seldom get it. But there is truth in our jokes. Alone time is wonderful. It’s necessary. Especially if your children stick to you like bees to honey… there is no other place they ever want to be other than on top of you. And I hear the folks whose children are grown say “enjoy this time, it’ll pass too fast and you’ll miss it”. That is likely very true and I honor and respect their comments. What’s also true? In order for me to love you better, Mami needs some space…

There is shaming that happens in society if Mamis want to take time for ourselves and even be alone. I think the shaming has decreased some but it’s still there, sometimes based on cultural and generational beliefs or gender norms. How could we not want to spend all free and waking hours with our beloved offspring? Well, I don’t. I also don’t want them to grow up to think/learn that alone time is not something to be cherished or sought, that it is somehow wrong.

I am thankful and very blessed to 1. have a job and 2. be able to have vacation from said job. A break from #vpmami work and Mami work all at the same time is welcomed. I need this break in the midst of so much uncertainty and stress.

So…I’m going to put on my good attitude. I am going to try to enjoy my time catering to my little people when the focus for the week is home, our little family, and me. I might actually start that cross stitching set I bought 3 weeks ago and watch a movie or three. I will NOT clean out any closets or any other clutter. I’m also going to ask Alejandro to help me get some very necessary alone time because #mentalhealth and because I need to role model for my children that alone time is healthy.

Have a wonderful week Mamis. Rest, refuel, and love yourselves. Just because we’re working from home doesn’t mean you don’t need the time off from work.

-#vpmami.

Racism: An Old Pandemic in a New Year

Hey Mamis!

#Scholarmami here… I usually try to work on my blog post the week before it is due. It gives me time to read, review, and edit before going “live” on Tuesday. This week was different. To be honest, it’s been kind of hard to focus.

As if a COVID-19 global pandemic with a disproportionate effect on African Americans and Latinxs, massive un/under-employment, and trying to social distance and work from home weren’t enough…the centuries-old pandemic of racism reared its ugly head. As a social-justice educator, wife of an African American man, and mother of a biracial child, the senseless death of George Floyd, coupled with Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, made my heart heavy. Indeed, grief, anger, fear have come to the forefront for many individuals across our country.

But what can we do?

We can offer our condolences and sympathies to the families who have lost loved ones as a result of racism. We can stand in solidarity with Black communities and lift Black voices in shaping policies and practices in our schools and communities. As faculty, we must call out anti-Blackness in our curriculum, programs, policies, and professional communities. We must work towards diversifying our student, faculty, and staff and honor the unpaid labor many people of color undertake when taking a role in higher education.

Let’s also be vigilant in checking our own biases and assumptions. In my diversity class, students take an inventory to understand their different social identities and areas in which they have privilege (i.e, unearned benefits just because of the color of their skin, sex, abilities, religious beliefs, etc.). We talk about how it’s not enough to be “not racist,” but to be intentionally anti-racist and call out inequitable practices in our jobs, communities, and even homes.

Finally, let’s start early by educating the next generation – our children. We can engage in age-appropriate conversations about difference, read books from diverse authors, watch shows and movies focused on diverse communities, and encourage kindness and inclusion. If we can stop worrying about saying the wrong thing, then we can authentically engage our kids, family, and friends in difficult conversations that challenge the status quo. Together, we can change things for the better.

Hola Mamis,

#vpmami here and I’ve been restless, anxious… I even did the unthinkable… cried in a meeting (gasp!).

In times like this my anxiety is through the roof and immediately I worry… about my Black friends and colleagues, about our students. About all the things I want to say and how to package my message because I am in administration and well, everything matters… my silence matters as much as my words.

So to echo my beloved #scholarmami— what can I do?

Well, administrators, we have to show up. We have to acknowledge the world is a mess and the lethal impact it has on our Black brothers and sisters. We must acknowledge it to our colleagues and those who look to us for leadership and we have to acknowledge it to our students who also look to us for leadership but also protection. We are role modeling how they will respond/react in the future… we have to be brave and speak our minds and hearts especially for the folks who are not Black and need to see this role-modeled too.

What else do we have to do in administration? Speak out and up when someone slides in a racist remark during a meeting or any time deficit and racist thinking seeps into our work spaces. Our silence makes us complicit. It has taken some time for me to grow comfortable in my mind and body when it comes to speaking up when racism or deficit thinking is spoken in my work context. I regret every time I did not speak up because I suspect I may have unintentionally hurt or let down a colleague who may have been directly impacted by the spoken aggression…sometimes they were aggressions against some of my own identities. That silence is what also gives others the false sense that it’s ok to defame and disregard particular groups… this is what renders brutal killings of Black people as “normal”… we have normalized aggression against minortized communities with our silence. Ya basta!

Lastly, administrators, let’s consider how racism and bigotry shows up in our policies, processes, in our student handbooks… it doesn’t take a lot to see it sometimes. In our classrooms, who tends to be silent? Do you seek to make them comfortable in our educational spaces? Spaces which have consistently and repeatedly told brown and black bodies they don’t belong?

We have a lot to think about and much more to do. I am committed and look forward to creating space for all those who want to walk this hard road to call out and uproot racism by elevating our minortized voices in all spaces in academia… administration and professoriate.