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Grad Students Beyond Grad School

Taking a look at the cool things grad students are doing in the world.

March 13, 2019

Here at GradHacker, we tend to focus on the negative side of graduate school: problems that need solving, inconveniences that need addressing, support that needs giving. However, every couple of months we focus on the really cool things that graduate students are doing in the world. On how graduate students are using their expertise to change things for the better, make someone’s life easier, or just create something nifty.

Patrick: I’d like to give a shout-out to J.D./MA candidate and all-around supercitizen Winnie Uluocha for her work toward increasing underrepresented groups’ enrollment in graduate school. After learning how prospective grad students are significantly more likely to enroll in a program after visiting campus, Winnie created an endowment designed to help economically disadvantaged applicants offset the the cost of traveling for those visits. She hopes to award the first such grants for the Fall 2020 semester.

Andrew: One of my colleagues, Kevin Breiner, is a J.D./Master of Public Policy candidate who is interested in climate change and the social justice aspects of environmental policy. He recently wrote an article for the Virginia Policy Review about the Green New Deal. In it, he provides a balanced look at the proposed policy which is frequently in the news and will play a major role in the upcoming 2020 presidential election. If you are interested in these issues and want to learn more, I recommend you take a look!

Neelofer: Some of my UMass Amherst economics colleagues — Devika Dutt and Narayani Sritharan — are collaborating with colleagues from across the globe to launch the collective “Diversify and Decolonise Economics.” D-Econ’s three interrelated goals include addressing 1) representation in terms of identity; 2) expanding theoretical and methodological approaches; and 3) interrogation the field’s relationship to historically produced Eurocentrism and its claims to universality and neutrality. The collective plans to develop a database of marginalised scholars, produce guidelines for inclusive practices, and create networks among organisations and activists who share these aims.

Heather: I don’t have any one person to highlight today. I just want to give a shout-out to all of the graduate students who are taking the time necessary to take care of themselves and their mental health. That is no little thing! You are seen!

[Image by Unsplash user Snowy Vin and used under a Creative Commons License.]


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