ASHE 2018 Graduate Student Session – Woke Scholarship and Self-Care: Strategies for Graduate Student Community and Endurance

Friday, November 16, 3:15-4:30pm, Florida Salons I & II

Description: In this student-centered panel, graduate students will discuss the various strategies they employ to navigate their academic trajectories. By sharing self-care strategies, discussing the importance of social support, and talking about how critical scholarship can impact researchers, participants in this session will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in dialogue about surviving and thriving in graduate school. To learn more about our featured scholars, click on the Twitter handles below.


  • Laila McCloud is a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at the University of Iowa. She currently serves as a research assistant for the University of Iowa’s Center for Research on Undergraduate Education (CRUE) working on a John Templeton Foundation grant assessing the culture of ethics and integrity at Emory University. Her scholarship focuses on the experiences and outcomes of minoritized students with a focus on Black undergraduate students.  Her dissertation will explore Black student’s perceptions of their campus climate for perspective taking and their experiences with practices aimed at increasing perspective taking.  Her research is motivated by a desire to reimagine college campuses as environments where minoritized students can be seen in their full humanity.

Follow Laila on Twitter at @FrontRowMama

  • Brett Ranon Nachman is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research primarily centers on community college students’ pathways, and autistic college students’ experiences and depictions in higher education. Currently Brett serves as a teaching assistant at UW-Madison and is a researcher for the College Autism Network.

Follow Brett on Twitter @bnachmanreports

  • Molly Sarubbi is a Ph.D. candidate in Higher Education at the University of Denver and a Project Manager / Policy Researcher at the Education Commission of the States (ECS). Her professional experiences utilize asset-based frameworks to examine the bridges between higher education, equity, and the public good. Her current research and practice focuses on access for traditionally marginalized students and families, and specifically on educational pathways for former foster care youth and the resulting imperatives for higher education policy and practice. In her role at ECS, Molly serves as a resource for diverse state, national, and cross-sector stakeholders on a variety of education policy issues from PreK through postsecondary education and workforce development, leads various policy projects and deliverables, and supports the overall strategic planning, and special projects for the organization. She also serves as Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Policy in managing external grants, the overall policy work portfolio, and external partnerships.

Follow Molly on Twitter @MollySarubbi

  • Elaine Leigh is a Higher Education Ph.D. Candidate and Moorman-Simon Fellow at University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. Her research interests include policies and practices that address inequity in college access and completion for underrepresented students across the P-20 pipeline, the role of higher education in community and economic development, and critical approaches to big data use in education and social policy. Her research has been published in Educational Researcher, The American Behavioral Scientist, and Equity & Excellence in Education. Previously, Elaine managed nonprofit college access programming and taught middle school science in Philadelphia.

Follow Elaine on Twitter @ElaineWLeigh

  • Dr. Eric Felix received his Ph.D. from the Urban Education Policy program at the University of Southern California. His research examines the role of higher education policy in addressing educational inequities for racially minoritized students, particularly within the community college context. His dissertation is titled “State Policy as an Opportunity to Address Latinx Transfer Inequity in Community College” is an in-depth case study investigating how Latinx leaders take advantage of the reform efforts to address transfer disparities in race-conscious ways. As of April 2018, he enjoys hanging out, readings books, and writing manuscripts with his son Elijah.

Follow Eric on Twitter @EriqFelix

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