My name is Shelley and I’m a PhD student in City and Regional Planning at a large U.S.-based research university. My research centers on power dynamics and identities in urban spaces, especially when it comes to food systems planning. I love being outdoors, I love Nutella, and I love spending time with my partner and our cats.
I’m passionate about breaking down the social stigmas we have about mental illness and neuroatypicality. Grad students can face unique stigmas in the pressure to appear to have everything together, making it difficult or undesirable to seek out help for mental illness. We work and study in an environment that is unfortunately too often characterized by competitiveness, perfectionism, and isolation.
Through my participation with the Academic Mental Health Collective, I hope to help other graduate students feel empowered to seek out resources and ask for help in order to improve their mental wellness.