This bi-weekly podcast is dedicated to cultivating the uplift for Latinx/a/o communities in higher education. Too often, the assets that we bring from family, home, and community are disregarded and ignored in higher education. La Profesora, Dra. Michelle Espino Lira, talks with students, faculty, administrators, and community activists about the ways we can push against oppression in higher education and society at large. By focusing on the ways in which we can uplift our gente to and through higher education, we will find our way to thrive.
Writing About Dominicanidad: A Conversation with Dra. Lorgia Garcia-Peña
We kick off our Writing Series with a focus on writing academic books!
La Profesora talks with Dra. Lorgia Garcia-Peña about her journey in writing her first award-winning book, The Borders of Dominicanidad: Race, Nations and Archives of Contradictions (Duke University Press, 2016) and how she carried the idea for her second book, Translating Blackness: Migrations and Detours of Latinx Colonialities in Global Perspectives from the beginning of her graduate studies.
Our Poet-In-Residence and in Resistencia, Sarah Gonzales, shares poetry from Aracelis Girmay.
Latinx: Say it With Intention
The term "Latinx" is still in the process of becoming. La Profesora talks with Dr. Cristobal Salinas, who has studied the evolution of the term within higher education contexts and introduces additional terms that may (better) address the experiences of gente within the Latinx/a/o diaspora.
And she talks with Dra. Sara Mata y Dr. Joel Perez, who were the co-chairs for the NASPA Latinx/a/o Knowledge Community when they changed the name to include the term Latinx.
Remember, mi gente, terminology is the first step--there still so much more work to do to truly embrace gender non-conforming, transgender, and gender queer gente and addressing anti-Blackness within our communities.
Our Poet-in-Residence and in Resistencia, Sarah Gonzales, curates poetry by Nikki Giovanni.
Lifting as We Climb
Mentoring: an elusive concept that can be difficult to define and, at times, difficult to engage with someone. There are times when we do not know how to approach someone for mentorship/femtorship/guidance, and then there are times we do not even realize we are being mentored!
La Profesora talks with Dr. David Perez II and future Dra. Juana Osorio about how they define mentorship/femtorship/guidance, the challenges they have experienced as gente who are mentored and who mentor, and how we can think differently about this concept by focusing on cariño, reciprocity, communication, and investment.
Our Poet-in-Residence and Resistencia, Sarah Gonzales curates poetry from Elizabeth Acevedo.
Migration is Beautiful
La Profesora talks with Dra. Yolanda Valencia and future Dr. Christian Bello Escobar about their journeys to the U.S. and their early years working in a slaughterhouse and in janitorial services, respectively. Both experiences have informed their research and practice in extraordinary ways, one as a feminist human geographer and for another the assistant director for the College Assistance Migrant Program in northwest Georgia. Their stories should inspire all of us to fight for the rights of all (im)migrants, especially farmworkers and the children and families suffering in detention camps.
Our Poet-in-Residence and in Resistencia, Sarah Gonzales showcases the poetry of Alexia Gonzales. [Trigger warning: This poem contains language that may not be suitable for all audiences].
Always Begin with Love
La Profesora kicks off Season 3 with conversations about finding love in a place like academia and what it means to navigate higher education as dual career couples.
Guests Fabiola Mora and Dora Frias talk about being models of possibility, especially for queer Latinx communities. They also share important advice about setting boundaries regarding work so they can be present at home.
Guests Dra. Susana Hernandez and Dr. Ignacio Hernandez share their journeys to becoming faculty and leaders both in their department and in the field of higher education. They offer important recommendations for departments working with dual career couples and the importance of valuing their individual contributions to scholarship, teaching, and service.
Our Poet-in-Residence and in Resistencia, Sarah Gonzales, curates poetry by Julia Alvarez entitled "Locusts".
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Sneak Peak: Cultivating Excelencia Podcast!
While La Profesora works on Season 3, here's a sneak peak into an exciting collaboration between the national organization, Excelencia in Education and Dra. Michelle Espino Lira, associate professor at the University of Maryland, College Park!
Cultivating Excelencia is a limited series podcast showcasing the colleges, universities, and community organizations that are accelerating Latinx/a/o student success in higher education.
Starting September 2nd, we will feature the 2019 Examples of Excelencia leading to the 2020 Celebración de Excelencia on October 1st.
The following categories will be featured:
The Example of Excelencia at the Associate Level
The Center for Community College Partnerships
University of California, Los Angeles
The Example of Excelencia at the Baccalaureate Level
Attract, Inspire, Mentor, and Support Students—The AIMS2 Program
California State University, Northridge
The Example of Excelencia at the Graduate Level
California Polytechnic State University, Pomona
The Example of Excelencia at the Community-Based Organization Level
YMCA of Middle Tennessee (Nashville)
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Peeling back the layers
Excellent! Appreciate the pragmatic, real, and insightful conversations, many of which include topics in front of so many in this field. What a thrill to hear from so many modeling and charting different paths.
My first time listening to your channel! Good stuff! Shoot out to my Professor Burciaga SJSU!! She’s awesome!!
A Scholarly Space for Latinx in Higher Education
This podcast is important to any Latinx individuals navigating higher education. As a Ph.D student in Mississippi, this podcast reminds me why I’m doing what I’m doing. Often times I feel like I’m the only person that researches Latinx populations in my geographic region because of the small population. This podcast gives me a sense of scholarly community that I do not have physically at my institution.