A podcast featuring stories about women in higher education.

Reverse Mentoring


Our first episode of proFcast features a discussion between Suzette and Rebecca of proFmagazine and Lark and Kaitie of The Life of Beloved Magazine. Lark and Kaitie, recent college graduates, were asked to serve as mentors for Suzette and Rebecca as they were working on their magazine concept. Beloved had been up and running for nearly two years, and Lark and Kaitie were the perfect twosome to help direct two women, let's just say, a few years older, as they sought to figure out this whole magazine thing. "Reverse mentoring" may not be all the rage as of yet, but we at proFmagazine highly recommend it. We all have much to learn, no matter what our age. Thanks for listening!

Transgender: Love is love is love is love

BY SUZETTE  |  JUNE 14, 2017

Melanie and Daniel met before Daniel's transition. Melanie identifies as a lesbian and Daniel identifies as a straight man. Melanie and Daniel talk with Suzette about their relationship, working in higher education, and the challenges of and misconceptions about being transgender. 

Scholar Activism

BY SUZETTE  |  MAR 7, 2017

This proFcast, our second episode, features a discussion between proFmagazine's Founding Editor and Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, professor of higher education policy and sociology at Temple University. Sara is a scholar-activist who conducts research on the cost of higher education. Through her work she demonstrates how colleges and universities can and should make education more affordable and, therefore, more accessible to students. In this discussion, Sara and Suzette share their respective interests in scholarly work that facilitates change. Ultimately, Sara suggests, “hope is a strategy” that will lead to more affordable and accessible higher education, as well as a strategy that will help you achieve your goals and affect the change you seek, no matter what issue motivates you. You just have to believe in your work and use your voice. 

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Embracing Discomfort


As an academic dedicated to higher education and lifelong learning, I consider myself to be an open-minded individual – someone who is ready for a challenge and willing to embrace every lesson. But of course, not every lesson comes easily. Sometimes it takes confrontation and discomfort to learn new lessons – and sometimes, even embracing – and ultimately overcoming - discomfort is the lesson in and of itself.


I have experienced such learning through discomfort relatively often throughout my life and career, but one particular experience made a significant impact. I first met Carey when she wrote a letter to me in response to an academic program that I had helped create and for which I was responsible for implementing. After reading her letter and making some substantive changes, Carey and I met in my office to discuss the issues – a conversation that initially devolved into an uncomfortable debate – with Carey expressing her frustration and me voicing my frustration in response. But we persisted and pushed through this difficult interaction and achieved a great deal of learning in the process.