I am interested in what other Chicanas, Latinas, Mexicanas, women of color, women have to say about their experience in academia. It is always a different story. There have been Latinas who have not found the support needed in their department or with their cohort. Chicanas have felt ostracized by the department or by their compañeros, despite their progressive stance. Men and women of color have been pushed from their graduate departments one way or another. Graduate school, in general, is a difficult journey to take, it is design for students to take it alone, to be in competition with one another. I’ve been lucky to have a support system within my cohort. We encourage each other to keep writing, to read this new article we found, to keep up with our plan of study, to submit to an upcoming conference, etc.

It is such a difficult balance to have. Continue reading “A support system”