Using the approach in my book, The Auntie Way, I have created a professional development system to support faculty growth and productivity. I invite you to learn more about, and join us in, The Auntie Way Writing Retreat!
I offer this wonderful professional development system through my company, Anahuy Mentoring. The signature program of my system is The Auntie Way Writing Retreat. In The Auntie Way Writing Retreat, I lead a weekly 2-hour Zoom meeting of diverse and interdisciplinary scholars in which we focus on each writer developing their skills and mindsets as writers using the approach from The Auntie Way, emphasizing how we each are full of kindness, fierceness, and creativity–as writers who care about our communities and peoples (and how important this is especially since our diverse voices are not the dominant narrative within our institutions). This work takes place during each session in brief introductory exercises, short breaks in which writers share successes or problems of practice to receive support from the group, and during our concluding/future planning at the end of each session. In between this important work are timed writing sessions in which each writer moves their paper/project to the next level. It is such a joy to witness each writer “seeing” the results of their work in each writing retreat. I am available at all times during the writing retreat to provide on-demand coaching in a private breakout room for any participant needing more support to clarify goals, next steps, or overcome any obstacles they are facing in their writing.
All work is synchronous and is conceptualized, led, and facilitated by me, Dr. Michelle M. Jacob, a leading Indigenous social scientist and Professor of Indigenous Studies. I draw from my Yakama Tribal teachings and experience as a scholar of Indigenous methodologies to offer professional development built upon the Indigenous feminist and culturally grounded research and community engagement that are the foundation of everything I do. My book, The Auntie Way, articulates the importance of my Yakama Indigenous teachings that strong Indigenous “Auntie” figures are great sources of strength and visionary leadership within our families, communities, and Indigenous Nations. The themes of community-building and healing from the damages of settler colonialism are woven throughout my scholarship. I bring this work, which is centered on my Yakama Indigenous teachings, and share it through my writing retreats and professional development activities. It is a powerful model for faculty and graduate students to develop their own understandings of how to be in respectful relation to place, and through this process everyone is invited to learn how to root their own stories and work in ways that respect Indigenous teachings and place while developing their own visions for scholarly work and leadership within higher education institutions that are built upon Indigenous land.
I invite you to invest in your writing success by signing up for The Auntie Way Writing Retreat. Individuals may contact Michelle for registration information. Email: email@example.com
Powerful collectives support exponential individual growth–ask your institution to support faculty and graduate students with an Institutional Membership for The Auntie Way Writing Retreat and enjoy the collective benefits of increased joy and productivity in writing. Institutional Membership information is available by contacting Dr. Jacob. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org