Addressing Experiences of Mental Health and Power Structures for Early Stage Geographers

Type: Panel
Theme: Expanding the Community of Geography
Sponsor Groups: Mental Health Affinity Group, Graduate Student Affinity Group, Black Geographies Specialty Group, Careers and Professional Development
Organizers: Joshua Merced, Aida Guhlincozzi
Chairs: Aida Guhlincozzi

Call for Submissions

The breadth and depth of geography not only provides space to explore mental health as a geographic phenomenon, but an experience faced by many informed by exhaustion, apathy, and the realities of everyday life. The focus of this panel is to supplement ongoing conversations on how the spectrum of challenges related to mental health have a role especially in the experiences of graduate students and early-career professionals in the discipline. This panel will be constructed to provide a diverse group of perspectives, voices, and recommendations of and for both within academia and outside of it. These are meant to contribute to the understanding of mental health amongst especially those who have the most opportunity to address mental health and further develop their toolkits as a community.

In the vein of Dr. Kaplan’s article, we are looking for solutions and recommendations to encourage these conversations continuing after this panel. This call seeks presentations that incorporate next steps for alleviating the burden of power structures on those with the least amount of power and providing guidance for navigating these structures in professional spaces at various levels of academia. Suggestions for recommendations include strategies for those with power to address these issues through their responsibilities of the academic structure. Specifically, but not limited to:
- Actions available to those with specific roles relating to students
- Differences in structures for various types of institutions and how they impact addressing mental health situations
- Resources both outside and inside the academy to draw from
- Relevant stories and anecdotes from various stages of career (undergraduate to professor to non-academic) are welcome

Each panelist will prepare a 5-7 minute presentation which will be followed by a discussion. If you are interested in being on the panel, please email guhlin2@illinois.edu with a brief description of your interest and ideas for discussion by Friday, November 8, 2019. We strongly encourage and welcome scholars and professionals of color to express interest in participating.

Session Type: Panel
Session Organizers: Aida Guhlincozzi (guhlin2@illinois.edu), Josh Merced (jzmerced@uncg.edu)

For more information about deadlines and the call for submissions, see conference website at www2.aag.org/aagannualmeeting/call_for_submissions.


Description

The breadth and depth of geography not only provides space to explore mental health as a geographic phenomenon, but an experience faced by many informed by exhaustion, apathy, and the realities of everyday life. The focus of this panel is to supplement ongoing conversations on how the spectrum of challenges related to mental health have a role especially in the experiences of graduate students and early-career professionals in the discipline. This panel will be constructed to provide a diverse group of perspectives, voices, and recommendations of and for both within academia and outside of it. These are meant to contribute to the understanding of mental health amongst especially those who have the most opportunity to address mental health and further develop their toolkits as a community.

In the vein of Dr. Kaplan’s article, we are looking for solutions and recommendations to encourage these conversations continuing after this panel. This call seeks presentations that incorporate next steps for alleviating the burden of power structures on those with the least amount of power and providing guidance for navigating these structures in professional spaces at various levels of academia. Suggestions for recommendations include strategies for those with power to address these issues through their responsibilities of the academic structure. Specifically, but not limited to:
- Actions available to those with specific roles relating to students
- Differences in structures for various types of institutions and how they impact addressing mental health situations
- Resources both outside and inside the academy to draw from
- Relevant stories and anecdotes from various stages of career (undergraduate to professor to non-academic) are welcome


Agenda

Type Details Minutes
Introduction Aida Guhlincozzi University of Illinois 7
Panelist Rebecca Buller University of Nebraska-Lincoln 10
Panelist Chloe Asker University of Exeter 10
Panelist Phoebe Clark University of Washington 10
Panelist Ricardo Millhouse 10
Panelist Mark Rhodes Kent State University 10
Panelist Trey Murphy University of North Carolina 10
Discussant Deondre Smiles The Ohio State University Department of Geography 8

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