Project Dissertation

I moved to this fabulous city three years ago mainly to; be near an airport for travel, be able to not trade my stilletos for trainers, and to finish my doctoral studies in four years. Yes, that pretty much sums up my priorities at 30. So now I am ABD with nine months to go and San Francisco is no easy city to ignore. Although, I would argue that each experience that deters my academic writing is really just needed inspiration. Welcome and I hope you enjoy...

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Bilingual, Bicultural, and Dual Citizen. J School B.A., M.A. in High Incidence Disabilities, & ABD in Education.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Bright & Shiny

Suddenly I do not mind the rain so much. Up early to review for the workshop I will be facilitating later today, the rain outside is my only company. It used to feel like such a huge inconvenience, now I appreciate how it makes the smell of earth rise. The water running down the hills and streets makes it all shiny and new- like. Besides, just when I think I am going to take my car to get washed, the rain starts and then I have one less thing to do.

Everything about this city is easy and managable. Seems my new yoga habit has a hefty monthly price tag- no problem, that is why they have a voulunteer program. I volunteer a few hours to the well being of the studio and in exchange- unlimmited yoga! The best part is I think this path leads to Burning Man this summer: The legendary arts and culture celebration that leaves the city looking like a ghost town.

The studio community reminds me of my days at an East Hollywood bookstore. The time at Espresso was as much a part of completing my masters degree, as the coursework. It was a fun outlet built around a creative and conscious community. It is not nostalgia that I feel but with the rain a sense of connectivity, how all paths seem to lead to our intentions.

The stark contrast is in Academia. Sitting accross from a beaurocrat, I look at the clock and mention I have to leave shortly to volunteer. "Oh, you have time to volunteer?" It is in exchange for yoga. "I thought you adjusted your lifestyle to write more," well I tell her with a straight face, my mother in Los Angeles told me I was getting fat, and maybe I should do something about it. I smiled and I nodded waiting for her response, which becuase I felt like she was meddling I knew would just result in her self consiousness.

Instead I heard, "Oh, well how much did you write this past semester," not as much as I would have liked. "Well maybe you should evaluate your time management," I had two deaths in the family. " I am sorry," it is okay, thank you.

It was not concern from a point of care, or from a resourceful mentor, just another person, that had to sign a paper, and felt my approach to the dissertation was not as expected...across campus I confided in a good colleague and he laughed, "I love that you were so blunt, I say that kind of shit all the time."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Subject: UC Berkeley tenure-track position in Education, Diversity, and Equity



The University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a
position as an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in any of the
following three areas: (1) K-12 Education Policy and Equity; (2)
Education and Community/Student Social Processes; (3) Education and
Immigration. The search is part of the newly-approved interdisciplinary
Berkeley Diversity Research Initiative, and will be conducted as part of
the Education Diversity and Democracy cluster of this Initiative.
Applicants may read about the Berkeley Diversity Initiative and the
Educational Policy Collaboration at

Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D., Ed.D., or J.S.D. degree by July
1, 2007, in Education, Public Policy, Law, or one of the social
sciences, or in an interdisciplinary field with substantial preparation
in social sciences, or a J.D. in combination with substantial training
in social science research. They should have a research and teaching
portfolio that examines how our educational and related institutions,
policies, and practices adapt (or fail to adapt) to an increasingly
multi-racial, multi-ethnic population. Special consideration will be
given to candidates who work in any of the following areas: (1) policies
to improve educational achievement and attainment of racial, ethnic
minority, and immigrant students; (2) community and institutional
dynamics, student culture, and their relationship to efforts to improve
schools and education practices; and (3) the special challenges involved
in creating effective learning communities for immigrant children, and
the relationship of school improvement to the opportunity and
acculturation processes in immigrant communities.

This search will be conducted with the participation of the Graduate
School of Education, the School of Law (Boalt Hall) including its
program in Jurisprudence and Social Policy, the Department of African
American Studies, and the Department of Ethnic Studies. The successful
candidate will hold a faculty appointment in a department or school to
be determined by the candidate's preferences, disciplinary training, and
departmental fit. Under appropriate circumstances, a joint appointment
may be possible.

Applications must include a letter of interest, a CV, and up to three
significant writing samples. Please arrange to have three letters of
recommendation sent to the address below. Candidates should direct
their recommenders to the University's statement on confidentiality,
found at

All documents should be sent to: BDRI Search, Office of the Dean, 1501
Tolman Hall, Graduate School of Education, University of California,
Berkeley CA 94720-1670. Applications must be postmarked by April 2,
2007. This search may be continued into 2007-08.

Qualified women and members of underrepresented minority groups are
strongly encouraged to apply. The University of California, Berkeley is
an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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