When Sandra Oh was crying in the faculty bathroom after she saved a junior scholar’s reputation, I felt seen. I was racially harassed during my time in academia, and I’ve definitely felt that belittled. I’ve cried in institutional bathrooms. But the difference between Ji-Yoon and me is that she isn’t struggling financially like most graduate students. She isn’t working three part-time jobs and still struggling to make ends meet. She didn’t decide to…
So true - I've been a working student all my life and I've found academia to be one of the most toxic and hostile working environments and if you're a woman of color - the level of disrespect and "disposability" significantly increases.
Thank you for writing and sharing this story. More people need to read it.