Stereotype Life

a biweekly podcast on mental health, disability & access in higher education

Welcome to the Stereotype Life

Stereotype Life with Amanda Reavey
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Stereotype Life is a bi-weekly podcast that raises awareness about mental health, disability and access in higher education. We hope to highlight the humanness of people with disabilities and health challenges, as well as provide resources related to teaching and learning.

Bookmark this page! New episodes posted every other Wednesday at 12pm central.


Season One


Image: #1 John Thurgood. May 6, 2020. #stopthestereotype

John Thurgood on creative writing, skateboarding, grad school and teaching amid the coronavirus pandemic.


Image: #2 Meredith Williams. May 20, 2020. #stopthestereotype

Meredith Williams on Disability Rights, Education, Activism & Mentoring (DREAM), and the issues students face on campus.


Image: #3 Beth Vigoren. June 3, 2020. #stopthestereotype

Beth Vigoren on being a first-generation college student and a single mother from rural Minnesota.


Episode Number 4
Image: #4 Jason Anderson. June 17, 2020. #stopthestereotype

Jason Anderson on self-accommodation, self-advocacy and building resilience.


Image: #5 Dr. Katie Rose Guest Pryal. July 1, 2020. #stopthestereotype

Dr. Katie Rose Guest Pryal on her book, Life of the Mind Interrupted: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education.


Image: #6 Summer Break. July 15, 2020. #stopthestereotype

Summer Break. Thank you for a wonderful summer so far! Our next episode drops on July 29, 2020. Enjoy the weather!

Image: #7 DJ Lee. July 29, 2020. #stopthestereotype

DJ Lee, PhD on mental health, disability and access in her book, Remote: Finding Home in the Bitterroots.


Episode Number 8: Karen Tang, August 12, 2020
Image: #8 Karen Tang. August 12, 2020. #stopthestereotype

Karen Tang on the correlation between addiction and mental health, and developing mindfulness and self-compassion.


Episode Number 9: Chrissy Mackesey PhD (ABD), August 26, 2020
Image: #9 Chrissy Mackey, PhD (ABD). August 26, 2020. #stopthestereotype

Chrissy Mackey, PhD (ABD) on having lupus, the perception of attendance and the accessibility of Dungeons & Dragons for training.


Image: #10 Dr. Ruth C. White, PhD, MPH, MSW September 9, 2020. #stopthestereotype

Dr. Ruth C. White on the intersections of mental health and diversity, equity and inclusion.


Image: #11 Dr. Krista Grensavitch. September 23, 2020. #stopthestereotype

Dr. Krista Grensavitch on the intersections of feminist pedagogy and disability studies, and incorporating objects into teaching and learning.


Image: #12 Jessica A. Martin. October 7, 2020. #stopthestereotype

Jessica A. Martin on accessibility challenges as a non-traditional student and attending university while working nearly full-time.


Image: #13 Kate Lister. October 21, 2020. #stopthestereotype

Kate Lister on making curricula accessible and inclusive so students aren’t required to “out” themselves.


Image: #14 Jenni Moody. November 4, 2020. #stopthestereotype

Jenni Moody on the importance of mentoring mentors and new graduate teaching assistants.


Image: #15 Chelsea Embree. November 18, 2020. #stopthestereotype

Chelsea Embree on accessing mental health resources on campus and supporting students as a first-time instructor.


Image: #16 Julie Sayo. December 2, 2020. #stopthestereotype

Julie Sayo: Topic to be announced. Please stay tuned!


Image: #17 Kristine Koyama. December 16, 2020. #stopthestereotype

Kristine Koyama on creating multimodal lessons and making online classes accessible.


Winter Break December 21, 2020–January 25, 2021
Image: Winter Break. December 21, 2020-January 25, 2021. See you soon! #stopthestereotype

Winter Break. The first episode of the new year drops January 27th.

See you soon!