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