My Name is Jac

My Worst Moment: Oh boy, it’s a toss-up. I was stalked and sexually harassed by a supervisor and, when I reported it and presented Facebook messages as proof, the manager laughed and said she just couldn’t see him doing something like that. Nothing about his work situation was changed even though he was doing the same to other employees and I was …

My Name is Elsa

Worst Moment: In a meeting with a C-suite member, a manager, and a coworker, the C-suite member told all of us some pretty awful things about a person outside the company (I’ll call him Andrew). The C-suite member was being absolutely callous about very sensitive topics (which Andrew was dealing with), and my coworker made horrified sounds. I expressed my …

Alumni Tear Drops

Alumni Tear DropsA poem by C.A.R.D. Tears for yearsOn Alumni paperQuarterly cryingFresh drops of salt waterDamp news of newAccomplishments and successOf lessons and professionsMemories of hopeAnd bright futureMaking a differenceBreaking the chainOf ignorance and illiteracyFrom G.E.D. to Bachelor of Science BSTat almost 40GPA 3.7A career dreamMade from heavenYears in the makingA nightmare overnightSix years hindsightDeath and done inLike a suicideUnintentionalThe …

My Name is Not Janice

My Worst Moment: Going though the whole complaints process, only to find that the university couldn’t tell me what action they’d taken. The man I’d complained about is still working there, so I doubt anything has been done. If he wasn’t a professor, if he was a care worker or a bus driver, he never would’ve worked again after what …

My Name is Katheryn

Katheryn was sexually assaulted by her labmate at the department’s annual science retreat. Her advisor told her it was a personal issue, her department chair did not consider the assault their problem, and the university took no action.

My Name is Marni

My Worst Moment: Being injured by children throwing rocks at my tent when I was homeless, just days after returning from the United States, where some people were supposedly ‘helping’ me with my Theoretical Physics career. I Have Given Up On: Low self-esteem. I’m Afraid: Not afraid of anything now. Absolutely nothing. Once you learn to stare the Beast in the face and return the fire, you …

My Name is Ayesha

My Worst Moment: I decided to take time off from grad school to be a technician and got a job right away. I had to move to another city 3 hours away. After starting there, the new PI started getting very verbally and emotionally abusive. He would question me about the smallest details and accused me of scientific misconduct. He …

My Name is Isabella

After experiencing harassment, Isabella’s advisors called her lazy and she was forced to switch labs and delay graduation.

My Name is Still Standing

My Worst Moment: I had made it into my dream graduate school- ranked #1 for my field. It’s my first semester. I am raped by another graduate student in my lab. I report to Title IX. The Title IX officer stresses to me during my initial report that “if your side of the story is true, there’s nothing they can …

My Name is Jennifer

My Worst Moment: How to choose a singular ‘worst’ moment? Hmm, I’ll focus on my experiences as a postdoc. I have a PhD in biophysics and Biochemistry, and my focus was on instrumentation (i.e. building new tools with which to examine biological systems), and I was hired to do a postdoc in single molecule spectroscopy. I was working on building a single …