The Navigationalist with Dr. Melissa A. Martinez, Dr. Juan F. Carrillo, and Dr. Michelle Harris

Episode 1
28m | Dec 31, 2020

Join us with Dr. Melissa A. Martinez, Dr. Juan F. Carrillo, and Dr. Michelle Harris. In this episode, we will discuss how important it is to have a mentor or several mentors and how not to be overworked doing diversity-related projects.The Navigational Questions include:

  1. Hello, my name is Dr. Anonymous.  I am new to the college.  I moved from the east coast to this west coast college.  I am the only faculty color in my department.  What are some things I should think about?  I really want to be successful.  Do I really need a mentor?  Do I really need an ally? 
  2. Hello, My name is Dr. Lisa.  I love working for my students.  I cannot wait to  serve on diversity-related committees or projects. I am so excited.   I mean I was excited.  Other colleagues of color told me I would be  exhausted by the end of the semester and that my work would not be respected or recognized.  Is that true?  Any tips? Signed - -overworked faculty already.   

Guest Navigationals include:Dr. Melissa A. Martinez is an Associate Professor in the Education and Community Leadership Master's and the Ph.D. in School Improvement Programs at Texas State University.  Her research focuses on equity and access issues along the P-16/20 education pipeline.  Through her research and teaching, Dr. Martinez is committed to preparing future educational leaders who are thoughtful, critical, and reflective in their practice and adhere to the tenets of social justice.  She is presently co-writing  Latinas leading schools. Juan F. Carrillo is an Associate Professor at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and a recipient of the 2020 American Educational Research Association's Division G Early Career Award (Social Context of Education).  Carrillo's interdisciplinary research draws from critical frameworks and qualitative methodologies such as narrative inquiry, autoethnography, and testimonios.His work looks at the role of agency in historically marginalized communities, with a particular focus on Latinx students. Carrillo's research has been funded by the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation and his publications include the book, "Barrio Nerds: Latino Males, Schooling, and the Beautiful Struggle" and various articles in journals such as The High School Journal, Harvard Educational Review, and Educational Policy.Dr. Michelle Harris is a Professor of Africana Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York.  Her specialty areas includes Social Psychology, Social Determinants of Health, American Immigration.  She researches the following areas:  Immigrant Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health, Perceived Discrimination, Indigenous Identity, Global Indigeneity.  Her published work includes "Developing a Black Feminist Analysis for Mental Health Practice: From Theory to Praxis"; "Trauman, Shared Recognition, and Indigenous resistance on Social Media";and Stories From the Front of the Room:  How Higher Education Faculty of Color Overcome Challenges and Thrive in the Academy.  

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