191: Institutional Neglect and Shame Among First-Gen Grad Students
In this episode, I discuss the common issue of institutional neglect and shame among first-generation graduate students. I share some observations I’ve made about neglect among my clients and femtees as an academic coach working primarily with first-gen students and early career professionals. Some forms of institutional neglect include: lack of mentorship, inadequate funding, isolation, and microaggressions.
If you are struggling with institutional neglect please know that it’s not your fault and you deserve help. You can get support from peers and mentors, utilize mental health services, and find community outside your institution. With self-compassion and self-advocacy, you can get through this.
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