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“Studenting” While Black and Immigrant

“America will make you and break you my child. Be vigilant, and walk good,” exclaimed my mother during a phone conversation. Immediately, she reminded me how the fault lines of race, gender, ethnicity, and citizenship status have shaped the Jamaican immigrant routes...

Inside the Dissertation Writing Groups

This account of my experience with the Sweetland Dissertation Writing Groups (DWGs) must start with a public confession: regarding dissertation writing and chapter-producing, the fourth year of my doctoral studies at U-M was not very productive. Of course, I did a lot...

Open Letter to a New Grad Student

Dear New Grad Student, Sorry I didn’t catch your name. We met a few months ago at a poster session during an internal symposium. Though my work is significantly outside your field, you showed an unfettered interest in my project. It didn’t surprise me when I asked if...

Explore Michigan: Experience Nature

Two years ago, when I first started writing for the Rackham blog, I wrote a post about beach towns on Lake Michigan. That summer, I got engaged on a Lake Michigan beach. And, last month, I got married on that beach. For the wedding, we rented Camp Blodgett in the...

Graduate Student Mental Health Matters

Is academia a contributing factor to mental and emotional health problems? How are universities and their institutional cultures contributing to these issues? Is there space to have these discussions? Who will listen? In the past year, I have often had these...