Working Through Life Circumstances

Working Through Life Circumstances

When I started taking my final doctoral course to prepare for my comprehensive exam and dissertation, I created a timeline anticipating when I would be done with my program. However, the following two semesters, my schedule kept altering, pushing my dates back. A semester later than I anticipated, I passed my written comprehensive exams and [...]

Gratitude for #naeycAC

Gratitude for #naeycAC

A week ago, I suggested using #CulivateOptimism to share positive or uplifting stories about working with children and families. Since I'm not the best at waiting or wallowing in negativity, the impatient/action-oriented part of me activated, and I started searching for stories that would inspire and motivate me. As I was looking, I noticed that many of my [...]

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). [...]