Hi everyone, my name is Leah Grantham, I’m a third-year Gender/Women’s Studies student at the University of Victoria (UVic). I’m also a student activist who has worked and volunteered with a variety of groups on campus, including UVic Pride, the Native Students Union, and the UVic Women’s Centre….
I’m posting this here all proper, because I made 10% of my goal yesterday and now I am posting it here in the hopes that my followers will signal boost this and help me make my goal.
Those of you who have been following me for a long time know how my passion in life is academia. I’ve been in Women’s/Gender Studies for the past two years and it has been the best years of my intellectual and emotional development. I have a vision now, a dream of what I want to do with my life. My research and my tutoring and teaching, both in an out of the classroom, give me life like nothing else.
I’ve faced some obstacles this year, terrible ones, involving my family, my mother’s illness, my own mental health, dealing with post-traumatic stress, depression, and the aftermath of past assaults and pains, and I’ve been under/unemployed for far longer than I ever anticipated at the beginning of summer. Sheer bad luck. But I am hoping that turning 25 and being back in school will help me overcome these misfortunes and finish what I started. I want my ill mother to see me graduate. I want my professors to be proud of me. Most of all, I want to know that my dream can come true. But I need your help one last time to make that happen. My birthday’s September 1st this year. My only birthday wish is to have my tuition paid off so I can achieve my independence.
Please help if you can. Anything, signal boosting, donating small amounts, telling people about my story, they’re all appreciated help.
Okay people, this is important. Leah’s both my roommate and my closest friend. She’s the most academically capable and talented person I know. She’s going to go places - she’s already becoming an amazing teacher and mentor, and is speaking truth to colonial power on a daily basis. But the shit she’s faced this year, compounded by a horrible job market that’s been incredibly racist and ableist against her (even from “radical” corners) has left her in a tough spot. Not getting her tuition paid and taking classes this fall will basically set her back a year and a whole lot of financial and emotional pain. I love her so much and want to see her succeed, I want to see her back in her element where she belongs. If she can get through this year I have no doubt she’ll get into grad school and get enough funding to support herself - the Canadian system is just really hard on undergrad students especially at the end of their degrees. Please donate.