I Miss My Culture! How do I Cope?

I Miss My Culture! How do I Cope?

When I officially announced I was pursuing a Ph.D. at New Mexico State University, I received advice from mentors to prepare me for this adventure. I looked forward to beers with colleagues, extended conversations about theorists and research, and revelations about my place in academia. While these predictions have been a part of my experience [...]

Learning To Be a Culturally Inclusive Educator & Researcher is a Process

Learning To Be a Culturally Inclusive Educator & Researcher is a Process

I didn't realize being an early childhood researcher and educator who incorporated multicultural and anti-bias principles was going to be an intense growth process. Since I was raised with educators in the family, attended international studies schools, and lived as a woman of color, I figured I knew what to do (for the most part). [...]

Reflections on #WorldMentalHealthDay

Reflections on #WorldMentalHealthDay

In recognizing #WorldMentalHealthDay, I am compelled to reflect on my own mental journey since starting my Ph.D. program. I didn't anticipate mental health being a part of my doctoral adventure, but I soon discovered it went alongside my studies. When I think about the high levels of anxiety I felt when I started the program [...]

Mental Health in Graduate School

Mental Health in Graduate School

When I started my doctoral program, I didn't realize that maintaining my mental health was going to be a primary focus as I juggled work, courses, presentations, publications, and connections with friends and family.  Yet, as I explained in a previous post, I have learned how to navigate and manage my relationship with anxiety while progressing [...]