Hierarchies of S**t

Academic Aunties

Nov 3 2021 • 34 mins

We talk a lot about toxic work environments and strategies of survival. But there are moments when you just have to leave. And that is what today’s episode is about. It is sometimes hard to figure out when to stay or when to go. A lot of us are trapped. A lot of us are in situations where we know that we’re being bullied, that we’re being set up to fail, that we’re not valued. But even as we know this viscerally, we second guess ourselves. “If it’s bad here, how can I guarantee that it won’t be worse somewhere else?” we ask. We end up gaslighting ourselves. On this episode, Dr. Jo Davis-McElligatt (https://www.twitter.com/jcdmce (@jcdmce)), Assistant Professor of Black Literary & Cultural Studies at the University of North Texas, and Dr. Rita Shah (https://www.twitter.com/TheRitaPhD (@TheRitaPhD)), Associate Professor of Criminology at Eastern Michigan University, talk about wading through the hierarchies of s**t in academia, and tell us how and why they made the decision to leave, the importance of ultimately prioritizing and loving ourselves. Related Links https://www.chronicle.com/article/warning-signs-that-you-and-your-campus-are-a-bad-fit/ (Warning Signs That You and Your Campus Are a Bad Fit) by Manya Whitaker