Session Presider and Presenter
Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Public Scholarship in Graduate School
PhD Candidate in Spanish and Portuguese
- De La Cruz Santana, L., & Haynes Stein, A. (2022). Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Public Scholarship in Graduate School: An Imagining America Research Report [Report]. Imagining America and the Mellon Foundation.
Grants & Awards
Imagining America’s Leading and Learning Initiative, Graduate Research Fellow$7,500 from Imagining America through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Davis Humanities Institute2020
Invited Presentation hosted by Imagining America at University of California, Davis
Invited Presentation for the Leadership Forum at the Imagining America National Gathering
In this interactive workshop, we shared findings from our research conducted as part of Imagining America’s Leading and Learning Initiative with graduate public scholarships at UC Davis and in the Publicly Active Graduate Education Fellowship program. Using this research as a starting point, we coordinated collaborative thinking and brainstorming on how graduate school can be reimagined.
Exploring the emotionality and experiences of graduate students in public scholarship, this study, based on 31 interviews, reveals unique challenges. Scholars navigate power dynamics and emotional labor, often coming from the marginalized communities they study.
Invited presentation to share research findings with the Leading and Learning Initiative advisory board at Imagining America's Organizing Institute.
Examining the challenges faced by graduate students in arts, humanities, and social sciences pursuing activist scholarship, this study identifies barriers, facilitation spaces, and strategies based on 31 interviews. The findings provide recommendations to foster a supportive academic culture.
Six UC Davis Mellon Public Scholars discuss the emotional and social aspects of community-engaged graduate scholarship. Topics include advocacy, limitations of assessment, and expanding accessibility. This session showcases transformative spaces and practices for meaningful community engagement.
This panel will host scholars engaging with each other around the experience of public scholarship at the graduate level based on ongoing research of graduate student experiences.