Happy Doc Student Podcast

#76 Talking Diversity, Inclusion, and Creating Safe Spaces + Some Chicano Grad School Horror Stories with Dr. William "Memo" Nericcio

June 08, 2022 Heather Frederick, PhD Episode 76
Happy Doc Student Podcast
#76 Talking Diversity, Inclusion, and Creating Safe Spaces + Some Chicano Grad School Horror Stories with Dr. William "Memo" Nericcio
Show Notes

Watch this episode as a YouTube here: https://youtu.be/vNJNarjYq7I
 
In this episode Dr. William “Memo” Nericcio shares his story as a Chicano attending a PhD program non the East Coast and shares tips on how to be a survivor (and how to help others survive).

Highlights:

1.     Support from peers is imperative – what happens outside your courses may be just as important to your completion as what happens in your courses.

2.    You have an identity outside graduate school – BUT solidarity with your FIELD is what is going to be important to your survival. 

3.    Don’t turn your suffering into an epic story; most people in a doctoral program, at some point, deal with feelings of self-doubt, not feeling welcome, etc. 

4.    Don’t apologize for being intellectual – embrace it and use that as common ground to relate to your peers as “mates” (strategic essentialism).

5.    The University is part of the problem  - but doesn’t need to be.

6.    As faculty/administrators supporting students from diverse backgrounds: 

·      Be dedicated to bringing the next generation of intellects to the party; be the ladder

·      Make an effort to encourage a social dimension to the relationship

·      Be brave and be authentic

·      Let them know it is safe to be human

·      Be respectful and move slowly with care, sensitivity, and kindness

·      Reveal your humility 

·      Students first; guild second

Connect with Memo

https://www.facebook.com/william.nericcio

https://twitter.com/eyegiene

http://eyegiene.tumblr.com

https://vimeo.com/textmex

https://malas.sdsu.edu/textmex/

https://www.instagram.com/william.nericcio

https://www.linkedin.com/in/nericcio/

 "corporate site" for MALAS: http://curiosity.sdsu.edu

 home site for MALAS: http://malas.sdsu.edu

 

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