This webinar hopes to provide a shared space for awareness building and skills to ethnically diverse (e.g. African American and other historically marginalized populations) graduate students who are navigating institutional racism. Historically, students of color tend to be poorly represented within their graduate programs, have fewer faculty mentors conducting research aligned with their values and/or interests, do not have faculty who share their racial/ethnic background, and therefore have higher rates of attrition. Racially/ethnically diverse graduate students who are able to access supportive mentorship (within and outside of their programs) tend to successfully navigate their academic paths. This presentation is grounded in Indigenous feminism (Ramirez, 2007) and social justice-informed approaches. It will cover the following overarching goals: (1) Knowledge acquisition, including the specific supports systems within their academic program (CSPP/AIU), APAGS, and local professional organizations; and (2) Coping Skills, including strategies for implementing self-care, considerations for how to address microaggressions, and processes for making formal/informal grievances.
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