• Letters To My Sisters & Brothers

    Practical Advice to Successfully Navigate Academia as a Student of Color

  • What People Are Saying

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    "...It ensures that students are well armed for the many challenges that lie ahead with an emphasis on resilience, self-care, and community."

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    "This book is a much-needed intervention for students of color to help them not only survive but thrive in academia...The content of the book will be relatable to students who have ever struggled with frustration and/or self-doubt with their academic experience...Letters To My Sisters & Brothers is an important resource that I highly recommend."

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    "I appreciated that the recommendations were gathered from diverse students that are familiar with the specific struggles that students of color might face in academia."

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    "Very much needed book... As a woman of color faculty member reading it now, I wished that I had something like this handbook to ground me when I was a graduate student."

  • Origins

    I began this workbook to use my doctoral research to help Students of Color navigate higher education. Because of my busy schedule, I stopped working on it for months. Spring 2020 changed that. The murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd amid the COVID-19 pandemic (that disproportionately impacted Black and Brown communities) had a deep impact on me. These twin traumas left me feeling defeated, depressed, and hopeless about meaningfully transforming racism and other forms of societal oppression in my lifetime. During this pain, I found my way back to this workbook. Working on this project became a form of self-care. It motivated me to get up each day, helped heal some of my wounds stemming from racism, and provided much-needed encouragement to keep moving forward. This workbook is designed to help Students of Color attending college and graduate school do the same.

    Inside this workbook, you'll find:

    • Culturally relevant advice from current Students of Color
    • Evidence-based activities to help put their guidance into practice
    • Coloring pages for additional self-care
  • About The Author

    Nelson O. O. Zounlome

    Nelson O. O. Zounlome, M.S.Ed. is a first-generation college student, child of immigrants, and native of South Bend, IN. He is also a McNair Scholar, Ford Foundation Fellow, Herman B. Wells Graduate Fellow, and counseling psychology Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University (IU). Nelson earned bachelor's degrees in Psychology & Sociology and a master's degree in Educational Psychology from IU. He studies academic persistence and mental wellness to promote holistic healing among Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Nelson is dedicated to helping BIPOC Communities liberate themselves and achieve their wildest dreams.

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