One week, and on inclusivity

It has been one week since the call for contributions went out, and the response has been stunning. I did not anticipate the potential reach of the call, and it has been quite heartening to receive emails, queries, proposals, and contributions from around the world. Thank you to all of you for forwarding the call to friends and listservs, posting links, tweeting announcements, and supporting. I appreciate it.

It has also been affirming – despite our perceived and experienced invisibility, isolation, and loneliness, there are a lot of us out of there. In my own life as a doctoral student, I now feel a little less alone, a little less… unusual.

In response to questions that I have received asking for clarification on how I would define “women of colour” – the simple answer is that I don’t. I consider “women of colour” to be as inclusive as it potentially can be in myriads of complicated ways. I am happy to consider contributions from anyone who self-identifies as a woman of colour in any way.

I look forward to hearing from future/current/past WOC grad students. And thank you for your support in helping to spread the word.

.nehal

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