"Bearing Witness to Mothers’ Lives in Academia" presented by Mari Castañeda (communication)
The second in an exciting lineup of innovative researchers and practitioners who will speak on a range of topics with substantial policy implications, Castañeda will address the use of testimonial methodology as a tool for generating scholarship about the lived experience of mothers working and learning in an academic context. She will also review some of the central issues affecting academic motherhood and point to some of the institutional policies and practices that can foster a culture of care on campuses.
Castañeda is co-editor of “Mothers in Academia,” a collection of essays conveying women’s experiences considering and living the reality of motherhood while working in higher education. In addition to her position in the communication department, Castañeda is an affiliated faculty member with the Center for Public Policy and Administration, the Center for Latin American Caribbean and Latino Studies, and women, gender, sexuality studies. She is also the director of diversity advancement for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
The talks are informal and often are about works-in-progress, with presenters providing a significant amount of time for audience discussion and feedback. They are open to the public and brown bag lunches are welcome.