Graduate Students, apply to the AERA Division G Mentoring Pre-Conference!

AERA Division G Graduate Student Executive Committee is pleased to announce our annual Graduate Student Mentoring Pre-Conference:PreCon_Announce_Flier_2019_FINAL

Friday, April 5, 2019, 7:30 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
Toronto, Ontario, 2019 AERA Annual Meeting

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Leigh Patel, PhD, Associate Dean of Equity and Justice, University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Interested graduate students must apply by 11:59 P.M. (PST) on December 12, 2018.

The theme of this year’s Preconference, “Paths of Purpose and (Inner) Peace,” invites participants to map purposeful pathways through academia which leave one’s passions and humanity intact. Recognizing the anxieties many of us carry, we will focus attention on self-care and mindfulness strategies for the journey. And we will explore the ways in which our paths may diverge, heading toward possibilities within and outside the confines of academia.

This half-day pre-conference is designed for participants to share their experiences, ask questions and engage in discussion with scholar-mentors. Topics this year center personal, academic, and professional well-being. Graduate students attending this session will walk away with concrete strategies to navigate the academy and beyond, while maintaining personal integrity and a commitment to equity and justice.

The day will be structured so that participants can attend three different small-group conversations on topics related to well-being, academic & professional skill-building, and alternatives to the faculty-route.

Application Information

Interested participants should complete the brief application form at, as well as uploading a pdf with answers to two short-response questions, by December 12th.

Applications will be reviewed on the basis of the following criteria:

● Overall quality and thoughtfulness of the application
● Demonstrated commitment to educational justice
● Degree to which the applicant would benefit from and contribute to the learning space

Division G is committed to providing an equitable and diverse representation of participants on the basis of identities, type of university, and disciplinary/research interests. Preference will be given to people who have not participated before. Space is limited and registration for participation is required. Incomplete or late applications unfortunately cannot be considered. Additionally, applicants must be current graduate students.

Final decisions will be announced by early January.

If you have any questions, please write to Division G Student Executive Committee at:


Division G Community Project: Books for Detroit Students

As we enter the season of giving, please consider supporting public school students in Detroit—a neighboring city to Toronto, where we will hold this year’s AERA annual meeting. We are collaborating with two teachers to provide more books for their students, many of which are culturally sustaining. Visit their Amazon wish lists to give a book to Ms. Thomas’ and/or Ms. Gulley’s students.
GIVE A BOOK to Detroit students via Amazon:
The AERA Division G Graduate Student Executive Committee


Webinar: October 30th @ 1:30pm EDT

Beyond Binaries: Queering Notions of Gender and Sexuality in Academia

How do we reimagine education that sustains LGBTQIA+ and gender non-conforming students in the U.S.? In this webinar, education scholars will discuss their work and ideas for a more inclusive research, teaching, and activism in solidarity with LGBTQIA+ communities and individuals. We will engage in a conversation about language, equity, learning resources, and the conduct of research on sex and gender. Please join us, and come with questions!

Featured Speakers include:

Susan Marine

Dr. Susan Marine

Marine, S.B. & Nicolazzo, Z. (2017). Campus sexual violence prevention educators’ use of gender in their work: A critical exploration. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Marine, S.B., Helfrich, G., and Randawhal, L. (2017). Gender inclusion in campus women’s and gender centers: Benefits, challenges, and future prospects. Journal About Women in Higher Education, 1.

Marine, S.B. (2017). For Brandon, for Justice: Naming and ending sexual violence against trans* students (pp. 83-100). In C. Linder and J. Harris (Eds.), Intersections of identity and sexual violence on the college campus: Centering minoritized students’ experiences. Sterling, VA: Stylus.


SJ Miller

Dr. sj Miller

Miller, sj., Mayo, C., & Lugg, C. A. (2018). Sex and gender in transition in US schools: ways forward. Sex Education, 18(4), 345-359. DOI: 10.1080/14681811.2017.1415204

Miller, sj.  (2018). Reframing schooling to liberate gender identity. Multicultural Perspectives, 20(2), 70-80. DOI: 10.1080/15210960.2018.1447067

Miller, s. (forthcoming). Gender identityWOKE: A theory of trans*+for animating literacy practices. In M. Sailors and D. Alvermann (Eds). Theoretical models and processes of literacy edition 7 (pp. TBD). New York: Routledge.


Z Nicolazzo

Dr. Z Nicolazzo

Nicolazzo, Z. (2017). Trans* in college: Transgender students’ strategies for navigating campus life and the institutional politics of inclusion. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Nicolazzo, Z. (Ed.). (2018). What’s transgressive about trans* studies in education now? Routledge Special Issues as Books. Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: Routledge.
Nicolazzo, Z. (2017, June 30). Trans* studies in higher education syllabus. Retrieved from

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Dr. Jon Wargo

Wargo, J.M. (2018). #SoundingOutMySilence: Reading a LGBTQ Youth’s Sonic Cartography as Multimodal (Counter)Storytelling.Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 62(1), 13-23.
Wargo, J.M. (2017). Designing More Just Social Futures or Remixing the Radical Present? Reading LGBTQ Youths’ Multimodal (Counter)Storytelling as Activist Practice. English Teaching: Practice & Critique16(2), 145-160.
Wargo, J.M. (2015). “Every Selfie Tells a Story…” LGBTQ Youth Lifestreams and New Media Narratives as Connective Identity Texts. New Media and Society, 1-19doi: 10.1177/1461444815612447.

Call for Nominations: Scholar Mentors for Student Mentoring Pre-conference

Mentoring-PgHeaderDear Division G community,
The Div G Graduate Student Executive Committee is seeking scholar mentor nominations for this year’s student mentoring pre-conference. The theme for this year’s pre-conference is Paths of Purpose and (Inner) Peace and will address personal, academic, and professional well-being in the academy. 
We encourage nominations from within and outside the academy and particularly invite nominations of junior faculty/new professionals with an outstanding mentoring record.
Invited scholar-mentors will share personal and professional knowledge with participating students by facilitating a mini-workshop/discussion that speaks to one of the three following areas:
1) Well-being and mindfulness (e.g., mindfulness strategies; coping with anxiety; navigating imposter syndrome or power dynamics).
2) Academic network and communication skills (e.g., statements of purpose; cover letters for manuscript submission; dynamic CVs).
3) Finding purpose across alternative pathways (e.g., preparing to walk away from academia; translating your skills; exploring consultation options).
Please complete this brief nomination by Wednesday, October 12 at 11:59PM EST.
Contact with inquiries.

New Grad Student Member Welcome

The Graduate Student Executive Committee would like to thank all of the graduate students who submitted applications this summer and extend a cordial welcome to its newest members!

  • Jamelia Harris (Mentoring)
  • Shannon Holder (Student Outreach & Technology)
  • Hui-Ling Sunshine Malone (Student Outreach & Technology)
  • Eshe Price (Campus Liaisons)


Jamelia Harris, University of California, Los Angeles

I’m a doctoral student in the Urban Schooling program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). My dissertation research examines the criminalization of Black girls and highlights the damaging effects of punitive school culture on their education and social-emotional wellbeing. As a former community organizer, I’m excited about the opportunity to serve on the AERA Division G executive committee because I see innumerable possibilities in scholars across institutions and communities engaging critical work geared toward improving the material conditions of structurally oppressed peoples. I’m determined to further understand and address the policies and systems that perpetuate educational inequities and the disproportionate confinement of marginalized youth, through my work with Division G.


Shannon Holder, University of Connecticut

​I’m very excited to serve on the Student Outreach & Technology subcommittee for the Division G Graduate Student Executive Committee.  Division G’s mission is what attracted me to the organization, particularly the way it strives to embrace and empower graduate student members.  I’m looking to engage graduate students nationwide with the work of Division G, both online and in person. I have prior experience with thinking of ways to creatively incorporate different technologies with the goals of an organization.  I’m excited to continue this work with Division G graduate students.


Hui-Ling Sunshine Malone, New York University

I’m thrilled at the opportunity to serve on the Division G Graduate Student Executive Committee as a member of the Student Outreach and Technology Subcommittee. I am looking forward to working with Division G students, professors, and others committed to advancing equity in education. As members of this community, it is important to recognize that we are not isolated in this work. I am so honored that in this role, I am able to bridge and build community for us to support one another, not only to help ourselves, but ultimately serve our children and pave a better future. I’m excited to learn more about all the outstanding scholarship our community is working on and using technology as a platform to connect us. I look forward to all the exciting Division G events to come!


Eshe Price, Rowan University

I’m beyond grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Division G Graduate Student Executive Committee and Campus Liaison subcommittee. In the role of Campus Liaison, I look forward to working with other graduate students to grow the network of participating campuses and get involved with Division G activities. I’ve spent the last ten years educating and advocating for students in urban communities such as Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, and Camden, NJ. My commitment to serving historically marginalized students led me to Division G. What excites me the most about this opportunity? The answer is simple – the people. I have the chance to work alongside other graduate students and faculty across institutions. I know that I’ll be attending next year’s AERA Conference belonging to a community of scholars and a mission to serve and support Division G activities.

The GSEC subcommittees look forward to kicking off the academic year and working closely with students, scholars, practitioners, and community members at large. Below is a chart of our organizational structure and composition.


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DEADLINE: Friday, June 29, 2018 (11:59pm PST)

We are currently looking for graduate students to join the Division G Graduate Student Executive Committee. The Committee leads and serves Division G graduate student members through virtual and on-campus outreach, webinar opportunities, travel awards to the annual meeting, and conference mentoring sessions. We encourage graduate students to apply, particularly those who are interested in the ways in which the new knowledge economies operate to include and exclude, embrace and marginalize, offer access and create barriers for learning in formal and informal contexts. We are looking for graduate students to join our subcommittees (Student Outreach & Technology, Campus Liaisons, and Mentoring).

Being on the Division G Graduate Student Executive Committee is a great way to network with other graduate students in diverse institutions interested in the social contexts of education. It is also a great opportunity to collaborate with Division G leaders, serve the Division G community, and shape graduate student events at the AERA annual meeting.

Application Materials

**please note that applications over the word/page count will not be considered

– Current CV (no more than three pages)

– One-page statement describing your specific skills, prior experiences, and ability to execute tasks in alignment with the goals of the Division, Committee, and subcommittee you would like to co-lead (no more than 550 words)


In header include: AERA member number and year in program during 2018-2019

Please email a single PDF of the application materials to by Friday, June 29, 2018 (11:59pm PST) with “[YOUR NAME] Application for Committee” in the subject line.

For more on responsibilities and requirements, please see the call.  For any additional questions please contact​

Div G Community Project

Give a book to our Division G community project!
To support public school students in New York City, where we will hold this year’s AERA Annual Meeting, we are collaborating with two local teachers to provide more books for their classrooms. Please consider purchasing a book for Ms. Modeste’s high school students and/or Mrs. Bacchus’ 2nd graders on their wish lists.
GIVE A BOOK to Ms. Modeste’s students at City-As-School High School and/or Mrs. Bacchus’ 2nd graders at PS 245 by visiting their Amazon wish lists:
Thank you!