Privilege and Saying No

I want to continue my series on saying no in academia by addressing the role that privilege plays in saying no and supporting others who say no. I have a ton of privilege in academia: I’m white, which means I am never asked, by virtue of my skin color, to represent an entire race ofContinue reading “Privilege and Saying No”

Support Others in Protecting Their Time

At the end of my last post, “The Lie of the Great Service Opportunity,” I listed a few things folks with tenure (or in other positions of relative privilege) can do to push back on the culture of defaulting to yes when it comes to service work. In this post, I want to expand onContinue reading “Support Others in Protecting Their Time”

The Lie of the Great Service Opportunity

My last post, On Having to Say No Over and Over, generated a lot of response on Facebook, so I’m going to stick with the theme of saying no for a while. I happen to have a lot to say about it. Today I want to call bullshit on the idea that service is aContinue reading “The Lie of the Great Service Opportunity”

On Having to Say No Over and Over

I talk to students, colleagues, employees in the Writing Center, and others in academia constantly about the importance of saying no. Just like in other realms, women in academia are regularly asked to take on more service work than men and more work that isn’t even recognized as work, like organizing a potluck or cleaningContinue reading “On Having to Say No Over and Over”