Weekend Reading: Accessibility in Academia

Weekend Reading: Accessibility in Academia

March 16, 2017

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So much of the academic conversation on success is framed around setting tangible goals and publicly demonstrating your accomplishments (on your CV, resume, or professional website). But the process of achieving milestones is not a neutral one, nor is it simply reflective of effort and goodwill. Learning how to break down big tasks into an accessible to-do list can be empowering; recognizing that this process is different for working moms or students with disabilities is even more so.

For this latest edition of our weekend reading, we’ve gathered posts from around the web that explore tangible steps we can take to make academia more accessible and push back against the structural inequalities that make time-management and goal-setting especially difficult for anyone who isn’t able-bodied, white, cisgender, or wealthy.

We need to do (much) more to support working parents in higher education; we must actively create space for academic babies.

Mentorship has been on our mind around here lately. Carolyn Thomas highlights the importance of engaged advising that “helps students make meaning out of their disparate experiences within the university and its curriculum.

The conversation around disability often involves an undue emotional burden on the disabled advocate to “change hearts and minds.” What if, instead, we stopped being nice about ableism and allowed people with disabilities the right to a full and complex humanity?

Problems with diversity in higher ed extend beyond faculty and graduate students. Recent studies have shown that 86% of positions in academic administration are still held by white people. This needs to change.

The conversation around diversity in the academy needs to broaden its scope beyond the present day and acknowledge the deep historical ties between academia and slavery.

Breaking down the dense tasks of reading, writing, and research can be daunting. Crafting a good to-do list begins the process of making the building-blocks of academic work more accessible.

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