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Self Care Beyond Relaxation

Self Care Beyond Relaxation

June 20, 2017 Blog

Some of the most helpful self-care practices might not immediately be recognizable as such, and may surprise you. From time management, to budgeting, to navigating the free resources available to you, recognizing self care as an approach to well-being that goes beyond relaxation can be incredibly empowering.

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Weekend Reading: On Not Just “Powering Through”

June 8, 2017 Blog

Resilience is more than endurance; how we recover, grieve, and exist “despite” it all matters. Our reading this weekend urges us, through different means and approaches, to shift away from plowing through all that happens “in the meantime,” and see life in the interstices.

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Weekend Reading: The Importance of Reflection

June 1, 2017 Blog

The most difficult part of academic life is pulling back and reflecting on the "why" of it all. Why are we working so frantically, and within systems that often erase and dehumanize people of color, queer people, women, and those of us with disabilities? Whose expectations are our efforts serving?

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Weekend Reading: Emotional Labor in the Academy

May 18, 2017 Blog

Academics are getting better at talking openly about the intellectual and physical work academia demands. But the requisite emotional labor is often more difficult to identify and manage. As we finally name the mental health crisis in higher education, our latest weekend reading reflects on its invisible emotional terrain.

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Weekend Reading: On Silences

May 11, 2017 Blog

Weekend reads on academia's silences—what remains unsaid, the open secrets, and the problematically taboo—and how we can better address reproductive labor, mental health, and true intersectionality.

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10 Self-Care Practices for the End of the Semester

May 9, 2017 Blog

The end of the semester is one of the busiest times on campus. Students are stressed about finals, faculty are buried in papers to grade, and administrators are finalizing plans for graduation and closing out the fiscal year. At this hectic time, a little strategic self care can go a long way.

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Weekend Reading: Uneven Emotional Labor

May 4, 2017 Blog

Weekend reads about the emotional labor that academia demands, labor that disproportionately falls to people of color, women, queer and trans folks, and people with disabilities navigating academic spaces.

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Setting Healthy Boundaries

Setting Healthy Boundaries in Academia

April 18, 2017 Blog

Setting boundaries is often noted as the first steps toward achieving work-life balance. But what constitute boundaries in the realm of academia, in grad school, in professional life writ large? And perhaps most importantly, how can you set and maintain healthy boundaries?

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Weekend Reading: Boundary Setting

March 30, 2017 Blog

Is the ability to set boundaries (that are respected, rather than dismissed) a privilege? This week we're reading about the question of boundaries: who gets to set them, who must respect them, and who is afforded the privilege of saying no in the first place.

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Weekend Reading: Wellness and Creativity

March 23, 2017 Blog

This weekend reading edition gathers pieces that reflect on how to better address wellness across all stages of academic life. It also points you to some uplifting, thought-provoking work by Latinx and queer voices to spark your creativity and community-building.

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Beginner's Guide to Mindfulness

A Beginners Guide to Mindfulness in Academia

February 14, 2017 Blog

How can we practice mindfulness amidst the hustle and bustle of academic life? Mindfulness is a highly personal endeavor; it is about facing yourself with honesty and compassion. That said, there are some specific things to keep in mind as you begin to develop a mindfulness practice of your own.

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Weekend Reading: Professionalization and Diversity

February 9, 2017 Blog

This week we've gathered some great reads bridging issues of professionalization and diversity that provide tangible steps on how to set yourself up for academic and non-academic job markets as well as address the importance of centering intersectionality in career discussions.

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Weekend Reading: Learning to Listen

February 2, 2017 Blog

This week, we've been reading about the importance of listening to and connecting with ourselves and each other. Scholarship is not and should not be be a singular pursuit, but rather one enriched by communication and collaboration.

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Imagine Otherwise: Tala Khanmalek on Femme of Color Healing Justice & Self Care in Grad School

January 25, 2017 Podcast

Tala Khanmalek shares how academics can incorporate healing justice and disability justice into academic workflows, how a holistic approach to graduate school enabled Tala to create social justice projects, and what a healing justice and disability justice-based world would look like.

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Weekend Reading: Academic Activism

January 19, 2017 Blog

Academic work, that dismantles the exclusivity of the ivory tower and brings intellectual and material resources to communities beyond the university, is political. For your weekend reading, we've put together some compelling recent reads on activism in the academy and its relationship to our communities, labor, and self care.

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Work Life Balance in the Context of Power webinar

Work/Life Balance in the Context of Power

January 18, 2017 Blog

You’ve heard it before: say no to work that distracts you from your main goal, whether that be your dissertation, tenure case, job search, or personal life. But that’s easier said than done. Come learn strategies for saying both no and yes, particularly in exploitative situations involving uneven power dynamics.

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Weekend Reading: Becoming a Better Teacher

January 12, 2017 Blog

Teaching is at once a huge responsibility and one of the most maligned tasks in higher education. It is incredibly difficult but instructors are rarely given extensive guidance. So as the semester begins, we’ve been thinking and reading a lot about teaching: how to prepare, set boundaries and manage expectations.

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Weekend Reading: Structural Inequality in Academia

December 22, 2016 Blog

In an age when educators are under tremendous pressure, we need to encourage, not hide from, engagement with difficult topics. Part of this work is also knowing how to step back and care for ourselves so we can be healthy enough, to get up each day promote a safer and more just world.

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Team Favorites, De-Stressing Rituals

IoF Team Favorites: De-Stressing Rituals

December 20, 2016 Blog

The holidays and end of the semester can be both restful and stressful. As the days get shorter and the semester comes to an end, self care is crucial. Here are our favorite de-stress rituals, in the hopes that you have a happy and healthy new year!

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Grad School Rockstar + Dissertation Rockstar Programs now open!

December 19, 2016 Blog

Enrollment for our Spring 2017 Rockstar Programs is open! Join us to get a personal Rockstar coach who works with you on your key areas of focus, targeted curriculum, continued support for your goals, and interdisciplinary community.

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