Outliers imagining otherwise in and for universities

Elaine Laberge, PhD Candidate, University of Victoria Written for my PhD Candidacy February 17, 2020 Many emotions drove me to write Miseducation – sorrow, guilt, pride, anger, righteous indignation, regret, anxiety, and fear. But above all a sense of urgency and desperation that, as a woman approaching 70, time was running out. Reay, 2018, p….

Leadership search for meaning making

But it is important to remember that we created these negative and demoralized people. We created them by relying on organising processes that discount and deny our best human capacities…. We can realize that ‘you can’t hate someone whose story you know.’” (Wheatley, 2007, pp. 56-57) This land is your land; this land is not…

Shoestring Initiative

https://shoestringinitiative.com/ The Shoestring Initiative is a grassroots initiative to build community and support among first-generation students, staff, and faculty who identify as coming from poverty, working class backgrounds, first generation, and from/in foster care. As members of the UVic community from poverty or working class origins ourselves, we recognize that our backgrounds come with shared…

Dear White Administrators in Academia – sign the petition

This letter originally appears in a text about decolonizing academia published in Dec 2018 by Clelia O. Rodriquez’s “Decolonizing academia: Poverty, pain, and oppression” (p. 119). Published by Fernwood Publishing. Dear white administrators in academia: You, as the sole protectors of intellectual property, are claiming politics of diversity in a built-in, impenetrable, and dismissive apparatus…

Preface: Pushing privileged pillars in Canadian higher education

By Elaine Laberge I have nothing to protect me: no armour, healthy bank account, powerful allies, dedicated mentors, or map to traverse hostile academic landscapes. I don’t know where all the dangers lie or what lies in wait should I transgress. That is, beyond being outed and ousted from academia. Beyond being sidelined, tossed away, devalued, disowned, Othered,…