Stereotype Life

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

The Archives

Stereotype Life with Amanda Reavey
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  • Episode 12: Kate Mohler (Part II)
    Kate Mohler on bipolar disorder, accommodations, self-care and supporting colleagues. What is bipolar disorder like? What accommodations can we make for students. How can colleagues be more supportive?
  • Episode 11: Kate Mohler (Part I)
    Kate Mohler on bipolar disorder, accommodations, self-care and supporting colleagues. What is bipolar disorder like? What accommodations can we make for students. How can colleagues be more supportive?
  • Episode 10: Dr. Krista Grensavitch
    Authority, identity and unknowability in the classroom, as well as the intersections of feminist pedagogy and disability studies, and incorporating objects into teaching and learning with Krista Grensavitch. What does feminist pedagogy look like in the classroom? How do we make the material personal? How might we think about teaching in terms of creating learner communities? How might feminist pedagogy intersect with disability studies and making our classrooms accessible?
  • Episode 9: Chrissy Mackey, PhD (ABD)
    Having lupus, the perception of attendance and the accessibility of Dungeons & Dragons for training with Chrissy Mackey. How can we better support students who suffer from chronic autoimmune diseases? How does it affect attendance? What policies could instructors put in place in the syllabus so students could show how they are engaged in the coursework? How does gaming apply to industrial/ organizational psychology?
  • Episode 8: Karen Tang
    Karen Tang on the correlation between addiction and mental health, and developing mindfulness and self-compassion. Who are the students or people, in general, most at risk for developing co-occurring disorders, and is there any way to prevent it? How does college life mask mental illness and how do we identify those students? How do we notice and mitigate burnout? How do we create a self-care toolkit? How can we design classes so that we as instructors help to minimize burnout? What is mindfulness? What is meditation? How can mindfulness and meditation lead to better engagement and studying and working within the academy? Do you have self-care tips and advice for people or for students who say that they don’t have time?
  • Episode 7: Kristine Koyama
    The importance of multimodality and making online classes accessible with Kristine Koyama. What were the challenges and accessibility issues you faced when moving classes online amidst the pandemic? How do we support students with different learning styles in an online format? What are some of the tenets of creating an accessible online classroom? How does multimodality fit with creating an online learning space? What resources are out there for instructors who want to create a labor-based or contract-based grading system? Do you have advice for instructors who aren’t familiar or comfortable with teaching online?
  • Episode 6: DJ Lee
    DJ Lee’s book Remote: Finding Home In the Bitterroots. How does “place” function as an archive? How is writing also a spiritual experience? What were mental hospitals like in the 40s and 50s? What does it mean to write through shame? How is mental illness in some ways un-boundaried like the wilderness?
  • Episode 5: Dr. Katie Rose Guest Pryal
    Connecting with Dr. Katie Rose Guest Pryal on her book, Life of the Mind Interrupted: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education. What are some of the pros and cons for keeping a psychiatric disability hidden? How do we challenge stereotypes and the notion that seeking accommodations is cheating? How do we raise awareness and change the narrative? How do we practice care for ourselves and for our students while also protecting ourselves inside of a neoliberal university system? What advice would you give to those who want to leave academia?
  • Episode 4: Jason Anderson
    Self-accommodation, self-advocacy and building resilience with Jason Anderson. How do we make accommodations for ourselves, learn how to self-advocate, and figure out what we need so that we can get what we need to be successful? What does it mean to build resilience? What are some resources in the community to help students with disabilities?
  • Episode 3: Beth Vigoren
    Life as a first generation student and single mother from rural Minnesota with Beth Vigoren. What assumptions do we make about first-generation and/or rural students? How do we handle sensitive, but timely topics in our classroom, that could potentially divide the classroom community, and at the same time, take care of our students’ emotional well-being during these conversations? How do we develop skills in self-advocacy and asking powerful questions?
  • Episode 2: Meredith Williams
    Meredith Williams talks about public health, universal design for learning and the DREAM organization. What Is public health? What things do we need to think about when teaching students with disabilities? How might the way we think about teaching change? What does college look like for a student with disabilities and how might they receive accommodations and mentorship?
  • Episode 1: John Thurgood
    Creative writing, skateboarding and teaching amid the pandemic with John Thurgood. How are we stories within stories? What does it mean to explore a place through skateboarding and art? How do we connect course materials to students’ lived experiences?