One of the best decisions I’ve ever made was clicking on a link that a Woman of Color faculty member shared on social media promoting Nadine Naber’s work. I reached out to Nadine not necessarily knowing on what I wanted us to focus but inspired by the statement on her website, “I believe every person has a theory. I help people claim and name their ideas.” After our first consultation, I was convinced that she could help me better claim my purposes and that she enacted the justice and liberation of which she spoke. Nadine’s customized approach, listening ear, and mindful conversations were key in the tangible results I saw within the two months we worked together. From talking through feedback on R&Rs to help me get unstuck and better highlight my contributions, strategizing my future book manuscript workshop, supporting me with guidance from start-to-finish on a successful campus visit – particularly the job talk – to helping me reflect on my beliefs regarding scholarly engagement for broader communities, Nadine always demonstrated commitment, genuine interest, excitement, and encouragement. Because I went in without a clear focus, I never imagined I’d witness so many benefits, but I did. Best of all, they emerged within a context of open communication, responsiveness, trust, and zero judgment. It was an honor to work with Nadine and I hope to do so in the future. In the meantime, I’ve recommended her without hesitation to friends and colleagues and encourage others to do the same.

Lisa Ortiz Postdoctoral Researcher UIUC