The Navigationalist with Dr. Mariela Fernandez and Dr. Bharat Mehra

Episode 9
36m | Dec 31, 2020

Today we will talk about your resistance capital, the tools that you use to address inequities; how to apply pressure to make structural change on campus;  and how to rock the boat in your department.   Join us with Dr. Mariela Fernandez and Dr. Bharat Mehra.

The podcast questions include:

  1. Hello, I am Javier.  I am a graduate student at the state university.  I dream about being a professor of economics at a big university, but here at this Predominately white university.  It seems opportunities go to graduate students who are working on other topics other than equity and inclusion issues.  Is this true for higher ed? 
  2. Hello, I am Dr. Lee.  Being the only Asian instructor in my department, I cannot help but to see inequities in my unit and my school.  I am not paid to deconstruct the power structures, but I see the inequities, should I speak out?  Would it really change things?
  3. I am a non-tenure track female instructor and I work in the department with many other female faculty in this department. However, that’s not the case across the college. We are a strong department, but I want to do more to enhance gender inclusivity and equity at my college.  What can I be doing?   I am only an instructor and while I feel comfortable in my own department, I don’t want to rock the boat when I approach gender inclusivity and equity at the college. 

Guest Navigationalists include:Anna S. CohenMiller, PhD,  in the Graduate School of Education at Nazarbayev University and Co-Founding Director of The Consortium of Gender Scholars (Kazakhstan).  he has developed interdisciplinary, international initiatives such as The Motherscholar Project (Founding Director), The Consortium of Gender Scholars (Co-Founding Director) and Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy(Co-Founder, Editor-in-Chief).Dr. Kim Case  previously served as Professor of Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies, Chair of the Faculty Mentoring Program, Director of the Teaching-Learning Enhancement Center, and Director of the Applied Social Issues Master’s program at her previous university. Her mixed-methods research examines ally behavior when encountering bias and interventions to increase understanding of intersectionality and systemic privilege, reduce prejudice, and create inclusive spaces within educational and community settings. 


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