Our guest post today is from Dr. Jillian Bellovary. Jillian Bellovary is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Queensborough Community College in Queens, New York. She is also a research scientist at the American Museum of Natural History and serves on the Committee for the Status of Minorities in Astronomy. She is passionate about equity & inclusion, knitting, and roller derby.
In August 2016 I started a tenure-track position at
Queensborough Community College, which is part of the City University of New
York (CUNY) system and located in Bayside, Queens.This job is my dream job, and one I’ve been
aiming for for quite a while.But I
didn’t always know this was what I wanted, and I’ve definitely felt like I’m
not supposed to want a job like
this.Thus I’d like to share my story.
I approach each morning with a certain tension. I pick up my phone (a terrible way to start the day, you’d think I’d have figured that out by now, I definitely do not recommend it.). I skim twitter, the New York Times, and whatever else has accumulated overnight. It isn’t that there wasn't oppression or ordeals before - but I (perhaps delusionally) thought I knew the shape of them. Now there is a certain wild card feel that I can’t quite shake.
But maybe it is just because I hate going to the obvious place - people who are marginalized will be openly targeted for the foreseeable future. And it is on us (us reading this, us who are privileged in one way or another, us who can leverage something in a given moment) to hold the line.
Today, a few shoes dropped (how can there be so many shoes? There are so many shoes.).