In this essay, we invoke the work of Gloria Anzaldúa and the broader constellation of borderland theory to make sense of how we have negotiated the boundaries of research in academic environments that have sought to marginalize and diminish our perspectives. Recognizing that academe is disciplined by whiteness, we provide personal reflections as a form of embodied connectivity in an attempt to decolonize communication studies. We use two metaphors—(draw)bridges and islands—to critically (re)imagine identity, difference, and merit in academia.

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