Throughout his time in academia, Ph.D. student Nelson Zounlome experienced several forms of gendered racism, negatively impacting his academics and mental health. But he also saw and experienced the transformative power of culturally responsive practices that foster comprehensive wellness among groups with marginalized identities. In that spirit, Zounlome created a workbook as a resource of support for students of color, Letters to My Sisters & Brothers: Practical Advice to Successfully Navigate Academia.
Zounlome, who is working toward his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, was inspired by, in his words, “the countless instances of oppression my colleagues and I have experienced in higher education.”
“Receiving support from friends and mentors of color on campus which incorporated my intersecting identities was instrumental in navigating these situations successfully,” he added. “This workbook is designed to help students of color attending college and graduate school do the same."