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

March 5, 2021

Aomawa Shields describes how she found her voice to speak the truth about systemic exclusionary and racist attitudes -- and the importance of other professors doing so, as well.

February 19, 2021

There is a cost to remaining publicly silent in the face of overtly racist and exclusionary attitudes, writes Aomawa Shields.

February 5, 2021

Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt introduces herself and shares her vision for the column going forward.

January 15, 2021

Frances B. Henderson offers some final advice for BIPOC faculty who are preparing to teach during the upcoming spring semester.

January 8, 2021

Frances B. Henderson offers tips for faculty members who are Black, Indigenous and people of color to help alleviate anxiety as they prepare for 2021.

December 18, 2020

We must make our institutions actively antiracist, writes Deborah Saint-Phard, in order to bring about actual change and healing for each of us and our nation.

December 11, 2020

Álvaro Huerta reflects on the life and contributions of scholar, activist and poet Juan Gómez-Quiñones.

November 20, 2020

Afrofuturism may be the engine for revising the antiracist university and bolstering far more equitable systems, Jonathan Garcia, Issac M. Carter and Zachary S. Ritter argue.

November 13, 2020

Higher education has an obligation throughout the pandemic to provide adequate support to students with intersecting identities, notably low-income women of color, argues Anabella Morabito.

October 16, 2020

Many people deny that pervasive racism shapes colleges and how it's reproduced through routine, less overt acts of harm, argue Thurka Sangaramoorthy and Joseph B. Richardson Jr.

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AUTHORS

Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt (@Reshmi777) is the editor of Conditionally Accepted.​ She is a professor of English. She co-coordinates the gender studies program at Linfield University, where she holds the Edith Green Distinguished Professorship. Her areas of expertise are postcolonial literatures and theory, decoloniality, critical race theory and transnational ethnic studies, South 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, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, Entropy, Academe and Journal of Academic Freedom, among others. As a public intellectual, she frequently writes about the state of marginalized faculty and the stakes of being racialized in higher education, and she holds an active interest in debates on free speech and civility. Her articles and op-eds have been published in CounterPunchTruthoutBuzzflash and Inside Higher EdDutt-Ballerstadt is also the recipient of Marvin and Laurie Henberg International Scholar Award. She serves as the lead editor of a forthcoming co-edited book with Kakali Bhattacharya, Civility, Free-Speech, Academic Freedom: Faculty on the Margins, to be published in 2021. She is also completing a book project on post-Sept. 11 literatures and curating a segment on the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11 for the South Asian Review, along with revising for publication a poetry manuscript, Discontinuities.

 

Bertin M. Louis Jris 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. 

 

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.

 

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. 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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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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