197: Motherhood and Cultura in Graduate School with Dr. Melissa Abeyta
In this episode of the Grad School Femtoring Podcast, I interview Dra. Melissa Abeyta who discusses the topic of motherhood and cultura in graduate school. Dra. Melissa is a mother, a partner, daughter and first-generation scholar. Her impact on the field of higher education has been demonstrated through all avenues of her scholarly identity, through research, writing, and/or practice. Her scholarship is significant to the field of higher education as the impact of her scholarship centers on the narratives of student populations that have traditionally often left in the margins of research and in practice.
In this episode, we cover: Dra. Melissa’s journey as a first-gen student and the challenges she faced in accessing higher education. The importance of community and cultura in dismantling inequitable educational barriers. How she navigated motherhood while pursuing a master’s program and the internal struggle she faced during her doctoral program application process. How motherhood ultimately empowered Dra. Melissa to speak up and advocate for herself, her daughter, and for more visibility and representation of mothers in academia.
You can connect with Dra. Melissa on Instagram via @academicsoul and @scholarhomies as well as on her website.
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