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Dealing with Rejection

November 22, 2017 Blog

Learn how to navigate the inevitable waves of rejection that accompany academic life—including rejections from publishers and editors, possible mentors, fellowships, postdocs, and jobs—as well as how to decide what role rejection will play in your decisions about work and life.

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Caring While in Academia

November 21, 2017 Blog

What does it mean to care while when in academia? Caring for our bodies, our families, our communities, our time, and our careers can be quite the juggling act. It means consciously asking ourselves, what do we need? How do we carry all of what life has given us? How do we adapt to that which we carry?

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Rethinking Your Relationship To Reading

November 14, 2017 Blog

Despite the fact that reading takes up so much of our time, we rarely stop to reflect on or nurture our relationship to the written word. Is the act of reading pleasurable for you or does it feel like work? How do you like to read and do you often get to read that way? When do you know you’ve actually finished reading something—and understood it?

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Imagine Otherwise: Aileen Suzara on Filipino Food Activism and Eco-Education

November 1, 2017 Podcast

Chef and eco-educator Aileen Suzara discusses her journey into professional cooking, the familial stories she has uncovered connecting land to community and memory, the important role of Filipino farmers in the sustainability movement, and how Filipino cooks and farmers across the diaspora are creating some tasty ways to imagine otherwise.

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Creating Passion Projects

October 31, 2017 Blog

Academic life is demanding on your time and resources, and even the most ardent scholars and activists feel like they’re running on empty sometimes. In the face of busyness and stress, true passion projects are a chance to reclaim your physical, emotional, and mental energy, not just one more thing added onto your plate.

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Maintaining Friendships When Things Get Busy

October 10, 2017 Blog

Academia requires a lot of your time and attention. But making time for friendships can mean the difference between surviving and thriving. Here’s how to make sure the people who matter to you don’t fall off your radar.

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Mapping Self-Care Into Your Semester Plan

September 12, 2017 Blog

Mapping self-care into your semester from the very beginning can help you find balance, prioritize rest, and cultivate your energy as you juggle community, work, health, and more. Here's how.

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Working Productively with an Editor

September 4, 2017 Blog

Join us for a free webinar about working with an editor. Learn when you should hire an editor for your book manuscript, how to decide which kind of editing you need, and how to best collaborate with your editor to create a fantastic interdisciplinary book.

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Imagine Otherwise: Shanté Paradigm Smalls on Hip Hop’s Queer Aesthetics and Shambhala Buddhist Meditation

August 23, 2017 Podcast

Shanté Paradigm Smalls discusses their journey with Shambhala Buddhist Meditation, their research on the queer collision of race, gender, and sexuality in hip hop culture, building a critical practice around embodiment, and how working towards an enlightened society is critical to how they imagine otherwise.

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Rock Your First Semester of Grad School webinar

Rock Your First Semester of Grad School

August 21, 2017 Blog

Come learn how to set up systems for time and energy management, manage the tons of writing you’ll do as a grad student, build a strong support community of friends and mentors, learn about and prepare for diverse careers within and beyond the academy, prioritize your health and happiness, and set yourself up to rock your time in grad school.

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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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