As I sit here reflecting on a year (at this point it’s more like 15 months) of Blackademia, I still can’t believe how much Autumn and I have accomplished in such a short time span. Just two years ago, Autumn and I used to be on the phone venting to one another about some of our frustrations with work and the issues our colleagues were dealing with. I still remember when she was like we should write a blog about this and do a podcast and talk about all of these things because they are real and I feel like we don’t dialogue about this as a community. If we do, we do it in silos, and not together.
Then I remind myself of why I started in the first place.
It’s pretty early in the morning and I’m at my computer sipping on some green tea, skimming the popular higher ed sites on the latest news in my industry, and my morning routine is immediately interrupted. I see an article on the chronicle.com about enrollment management. Of course this grabs my attention. I’ve worked under the umbrella of enrollment management most of my professional career and it’s a long term goal of mine. Instead of perusing it and moving on to the next article, I take a deep dive into it.
Are you an enrollment management tycoon? Mmm. Good question. Am I?
The past few months I’ve felt like the more I learn, the less I know. I’ve become hyper aware of many things I do not know and have felt ill equipped with the tools to complete many tasks. I wasn’t prepared for the rush of engagement and readers Blackademia attracted.
Recently, I heard about a study that provides scientific proof that discrimination contributes to high blood pressure in African Americans. The research study was conducted at the University of Florida and focused specifically on African Americans in Tallahassee, Florida. The article stated that previous studies examined how environmental factors and genetic factors separately affect blood pressure across various identity groups. However, this study examined these factors concurrently and looked at how exposure to sociocultural factors, such as discrimination, can contribute to why hypertension affects more African Americans than any other race in the United States (Quinlan et. al, 2016).
I was recently listening to a Ted talk by Dr. Victor Rios, professor, author and speaker, about helping kids the education system ignores. In his talk, Rios provides strategies we can use as educators to help our students, one of them being for us to stop grouping students as at-risk but instead see them as at-promise
I have a love hate relationship with academic writing. The same reason I love it is the same reason I hate it! Isn’t that something? I love the structure and format. I also hate the structure and format.
There has been a series of events that taken place over the past few weeks nationwide and personally for me. With everything happening literally at the same time I’ve felt the need to focus on perseverance and self-care. However, I have also felt an obligation to write for Blackademia … mainly because this blog isn’t an independent venture but instead a partnership. So in an effort not to leave my fellow creator hanging for the third week in a row here is a post.
A few months ago I read an article on Inside Higher Ed regarding students at Ptizer College who were looking for a roommate and requested that only other students of color inquire. Some of the students’ peers had an issue with this requirement and the whole scenario made me think about how people of color (POC), specifically underrepresented minorities, navigate predominately white institutions (PWI).
A few months back I attended a Women in Institutional Research Conference. When I showed up to registration and saw a handful of other black and brown women, I IMMEDIATELY thought of this meme.
HAHAHAHA. It’s funny, but it’s not. I’m actually serious. We embraced and everything! I literally hugged women that I had only met seconds before like wow we really do exist. Anytime I’ve gone to professional conferences related to Institutional research I would be lucky if I saw a handful of other women of color. It’s rare. And every time it saddens me. I’m not sure that feeling will ever change.
I recently realized that I am my biggest opponent and that I have a severe case of imposter syndrome. I find it to be quite paralyzing. For those who may not know, imposter syndrome (my interpretation of it) is when you feel like a fraud that will be exposed at any moment even though you’re constantly slaying the game.
Far too often I have stopped myself from pursuing professional ventures because I didn’t feel like I was good enough.
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