Conditionally Accepted

Many individuals are drawn to higher education, including academic careers, because of academe’s potential for change. Countless prospective and current graduate students note that their desire to make a difference in their communities or society in general was their primary decision to attend graduate training. Unfortunately, many colleges and universities in the U.S. have practiced outright discrimination and exclusion throughout history, particularly against women, people of color, and disabled people/people with disabilities. 

Today, academe — like every social institution — is structured hierarchically, producing numerous professional and personal obstacles for academics from marginalized backgrounds. Scholars who are women, of color, lesbian, trans, bisexual, gay, queer, disabled, working-class or poor, immigrants, fat, religious and non-religious minorities, and/or single parents are faced daily with the difficult tension between academe's narrow definition of success and their own politics, identities, needs, happiness, and health.

Conditionally Accepted was created as a freestanding blog in July 2013 as an online space for scholars on the margins of academe. It has steadily grown since, becoming a career advice column for Inside Higher Ed in January 2016.  In this column, we provide news, information, personal stories, and resources for scholars who are, at best, conditionally accepted in academe. Conditionally Accepted is an anti-racist, pro-feminist, pro-queer, anti-transphobic, anti-fatphobic, anti-ableist, anti-ageist, anti-classist, and anti-xenophobic online community.

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Conditionally Accepted Archive

July 19, 2019

To deny students of color support, mentorship and a safe space to talk about race and racism on the campus is to reinforce the common narrative that academe is a white, middle-class institution, argues Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana.

July 12, 2019

Victor Ray provides some concrete tips for how to reach a broader audience.

June 21, 2019

Sarah Mayorga-Gallo discusses how a focus on compassion gave her a new classroom outlook.

June 14, 2019

Alvaro Huerta shares what he learned from a cherished mentor, who knew how to help marginalized people from disadvantaged backgrounds succeed in higher education.

June 7, 2019

As faculty are expected to publish more, nonwhite faculty suffer the consequences, argues Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana.

May 31, 2019

Stop maligning community colleges, writes Susan Muaddi Darraj, and treating their students and faculty members as not as good as their peers.

May 24, 2019

Institutions have significant work to do when it comes to inclusive practices for dual-career couples, writes Annmarie Cano.

May 17, 2019

Victor Ray explains why such writing is important for political, personal and practical reasons.

May 10, 2019

Meredith O’Brien describes her struggles with how to teach students to be savvy, fair-minded news consumers in the current environment.

April 26, 2019

Marcos Gonsalez describes the challenges of imagining a different way of being in the classroom with students, especially marginalized ones.

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AUTHORS

Bertin M. Louis Jr. is the editor of Conditionally Accepted.​ He is an associate professor of anthropology and African American & Africana Studies (AAAS), and the inaugural director of undergraduate studies for AAAS at the University of Kentucky.. His research and teaching interests include religion, race and racism. He also studies human rights and statelessness among Haitians in the Bahamas and antiracist social movements in the U.S. South.  In addition to My Soul is in Haiti: Protestantism in the Haitian Diaspora of the Bahamas [20] and other academic publications [21], he has written for Inside Higher Ed, The Conversation [22], The North Star [23], the St. Louis Post-Dispatch [24] and the Social Science Research Council’s THE IMMANENT FRAME blog [25]. He also served as a guest on the third season of Blackademics TV [26]. You can follow him on Twitter @MySoulIsInHaiti. 

 

Dr. Eric Anthony Grollman, founder, former editor and regular contributor, I speak as a black queer non-binary intellectual activist. I am currently a tenure-track professor in sociology at University of Richmond in Virginia. An “activist gone academic,” I pursued a Ph.D. in sociology at Indiana University to become a better activist. To my surprise, graduate training is designed to “beat the activist” out of grad students. Thus, I was traumatized in the process of earning my Ph.D. Those experiences led me to create Conditionally Accepted after I graduated in 2013 to make visible the scholars, perspectives, experiences, advice and resources that were not available to me. I write regularly, interweaving my personal experiences with my research (i.e., prejudice and discrimination) and current events, to reflect on the practices and policies that keep many scholars on the margins of academe. You can follow me on Twitter at @grollman.

 

Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt is a professor of English and co-coordinates the Gender Studies program at Linfield College and holds the Edith Green Distinguished Professorship. Her areas of expertise are in postcolonial literatures and theory, critical race theory, Asian American Literatures, transnational feminisms, creative writing and migrations in the 20th century. She is the author of a scholarly monograph, The Postcolonial Citizen: An Intellectual Migrant and has published widely in journals such as the Asian American Renaissance Journal, South Asian Review, Saranac Review, The Rocky Mountain Review, ARIEL, Academe and others. As a public intellectual she frequently writes about the state of marginalized faculty and the stakes of being racialized, and her articles and op-eds are published in the CounterPunch, Truthout, Buzzflash, and Inside Higher Ed’s“Conditionally Accepted.” Dutt-Ballerstadt is also the recipient of Marvin and Laurie Henberg International Scholar Award. Her forthcoming book, of which she is the lead editor is Civility, Free-Speech, Academic Freedom: Faculty on the Margins.  She is also completing a book project on post 9/11 literatures and revising a poetry manuscript titled as Discontinuities for publication.

 

Alicia Reyes-Barriéntez is an assistant professor of political science at Texas A&M-San Antonio. Her research examines the intersection of Latinx faith and politics. She earned a Ph.D. in political science from Duke University in 2016. While at Duke, she received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Scholarship and Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, two of the nation’s most prestigious fellowships awarded to doctoral students. She has a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Studies (2005) and a M.A. in Spanish (2007) from Baylor University. She is also a Fellow at the J.G. Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University. She has published in Politics & Identities and has a forthcoming article in Social Science Quarterly. Dr. Reyes-Barriéntez is a proud child of the U.S.-Mexico borderland colonias. She is a first-generation college graduate from a Mexican working-class immigrant family, and she calls Laredo, Texas home.


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Dr. Alvaro Huerta, Regular Contributor, I hold a joint faculty appointment in Urban & Region Planning (URP) and Ethnic & Women’s Studies (EWS) at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. As an interdisciplinary scholar, I teach and conduct research on the intersecting domains of community & economic development, Chicana/o & Latina/o studies, immigration & Mexican diaspora, social movements, social networks and the informal economy. I’m the author of the book Reframing the Latino Immigration Debate: Towards a Humanistic Paradigm and the forthcoming book Latina/o Immigrant Communities in the Xenophobic Era of Trump and Beyond. Prior to becoming a scholar-activist, I was a leading community activist in Los Angeles and beyond. As a son of Mexican immigrants, first generation graduate (with advanced degrees from UCLA & UC Berkeley) and product of violent and impoverished neighborhoods, among the aforementioned fields, my scholarly and public scholarship include issues related to immigration, race and class in higher education. Overall, I’m interested in the plight of the marginalized, excluded and demonized—where I come from.

 

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There are many, many blogs for and/or by scholars on the margins of academia.  Below, you will find a general list of blogs, followed by those of particular social locations (e.g., women of color).  Please note that we do not wish to (mis)place people into identity boxes; rather, we offer loose categories to guide particular interests of our readers.

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