Cody Charles

Cody Charles

is creating community around writing, higher education, and liberation.

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patrons
Who am I?
Hello! My name is Cody Charles (he/they). I’m a southerner at heart, but currently living in the Midwest. At the moment, I work in higher education in a multicultural center. I’ve been in this field for 14 years professionally, with experiences in multicultural affairs, student housing, student leadership, recruitment and retention, and student organization advising. Moreover, I am a writer! I write about higher education, equity and justice, and pop culture. I am a huge film and television person as well, so I love writing about the media we consume.  

Who is this space for?
This space is for those who genuinely want to center radical self work, even though it is uncomfortable and implicates us all in the mess. This space is for those who want to use writing as a tool to care for themselves and reflect on the world around them (you do not have to be a writer). This space is for those who know they need more than a one time "diversity training," and are prepared to commit to a long-term community. This space is for those who appreciate pop culture, and using it as a tool to learn and grow. This space is for those who work or care about higher education, as education is where many inequities are illuminated. This space is for all ethnicities, all genders, all abilities, all classes, and beyond. However, white folks, please know that I will center Black and brown folks at dynamic intersections in this space. Cisgender heterosexual Black and brown folks, please know that this community may challenge you as well, as I will center queer and trans folks in this space.

This space is NOT for those who need convincing that institutional -isms are real.

My hope is that we are able to create a dynamic and intersectional community. I have intentionally loaded the $5 tier with the heart of the resources and discussion, as to make it more accessible to folks on a budget. 

What do I write about?

Below are a few of my articles (an idea on the type of community we will build):


If you choose to subscribe to this Patreon:
  • please join because you believe in the work that I do. 
  • please join because you have benefitted from my free labor in the past, and are now interested in supporting my future work financially. 
  • please join because you are committed to the journey of radical self work. 

And because I appreciate your radical support, I will offer several perks. My thinking around these perks (and tiers) is to help build an actual community that centers joy and learning. I’m new to this so some perks may work swimmingly, and others may need to be workshopped as we journey together.

Please consider joining my Patreon! Look over the tiers and your bank account to make a solid decision. If you prefer to make a one time donation, please give at: PayPal.Me/CodyCharles or cash.me/$CodyCharles
Tiers
Tangerine (2015)
$1 or more per month
This tier is specifically for undergraduate and graduate students on a budget, or anyone experiencing financial hardship. I trust that this tier will be used appropriately, as I will not be doing any fact checking on the back end. 


Receives the same perks as the $5 tier.

 

  • Weekly writing prompts- prompts that allow you to both explore and reflect on self. 
  • Weekly affirmations- affirmations or quotes shared towards the beginning of each week.
  • Submit affirmations- Remember, this is your community too! Submit affirmations to be shared within the larger community
  • Online discussions- periodic online discussion over articles (higher education and pop culture).
  • Submit discussion suggestions- ability to submit ideas for discussions.
The Color Purple (1985)
$5 or more per month
  • Weekly writing prompts- prompts that allow you to both explore and reflect on self. 
  • Weekly affirmations- affirmations or quotes shared towards the beginning of each week.
  • Submit affirmations- Remember, this is your community too! Submit affirmations to be shared within the larger community
  • Online discussions- periodic online discussion over articles (higher education and pop culture).
  • Submit discussion suggestions- ability to submit ideas for discussions.
Pariah (2011)
$10 or more per month
In addition to the perks of the $5 tier, you will receive the following:

  

  • Access to Cody’s Random Journal- my random thoughts or observations throughout the week, generally around pop culture, writing, and higher education. 
  • Suggest writing prompts- ability to suggest writing prompts for the entire community. 
  • Access to mini discussion guides- debriefing questions for popular films, television, and higher educations topics. (good for your staff professional development or friend group)
Paris is Burning (1990)
$25 or more per month
In addition to the perks of the $5 and $10 tiers, you will receive the following:


20 minute ONLINE chat- ask questions- really good option for white folks and/or cisgender heterosexual Black and brown folks! Here are a few example themes: 

  • Chats around supervising folks with different identities from your own- people of color, queer and trans folks, folks with disabilities, undocumented...
  • Help you answer the infamous question, "What can I do?"
  • Pointers on having critical conversations with colleagues, friends, family, etc.
  • Need help/ideas around curriculum in planning an inclusive and effective retreat or program.


Community feedback- able to submit writings or activities for the community to offer feedback

Moonlight (2016)
$50 or more per month
In addition to the perks of the $5, $10, $25 tiers, you will receive the following:


20 minute PHONE call- ask questions- really good option for white folks and/or cisgender heterosexual folks! Here are a few example themes: 

  • Chats around supervising folks with different identities from your own- people of color, queer and trans folks, folks with disabilities, undocumented...
  • Help you answer the infamous question, "What can I do?"
  • Pointers on having critical conversations with colleagues, friends, family, etc.
  • Need help/ideas around curriculum in planning an inclusive and effective retreat or program.
Baldwin (Timeless)
$100 or more per month
Ummm. WOW! Thank you. I'm not sure there is a perk I can offer for this tier that's worthwhile, but I'll try. Please know that this contribution will allow me to take financial risk in my writing and general work around liberation. This will give me space to explore.


In addition to the perks of the $5, $10, $25, $50 tiers, you will receive the following:


  • Social media shoutout (if you want it)- A quick heartfelt public thank you!
  • A personal letter from me- thanking you for your contribution, and an explanation on how you're directly supporting my Black fat queer dreams. 
Who am I?
Hello! My name is Cody Charles (he/they). I’m a southerner at heart, but currently living in the Midwest. At the moment, I work in higher education in a multicultural center. I’ve been in this field for 14 years professionally, with experiences in multicultural affairs, student housing, student leadership, recruitment and retention, and student organization advising. Moreover, I am a writer! I write about higher education, equity and justice, and pop culture. I am a huge film and television person as well, so I love writing about the media we consume.  

Who is this space for?
This space is for those who genuinely want to center radical self work, even though it is uncomfortable and implicates us all in the mess. This space is for those who want to use writing as a tool to care for themselves and reflect on the world around them (you do not have to be a writer). This space is for those who know they need more than a one time "diversity training," and are prepared to commit to a long-term community. This space is for those who appreciate pop culture, and using it as a tool to learn and grow. This space is for those who work or care about higher education, as education is where many inequities are illuminated. This space is for all ethnicities, all genders, all abilities, all classes, and beyond. However, white folks, please know that I will center Black and brown folks at dynamic intersections in this space. Cisgender heterosexual Black and brown folks, please know that this community may challenge you as well, as I will center queer and trans folks in this space.

This space is NOT for those who need convincing that institutional -isms are real.

My hope is that we are able to create a dynamic and intersectional community. I have intentionally loaded the $5 tier with the heart of the resources and discussion, as to make it more accessible to folks on a budget. 

What do I write about?

Below are a few of my articles (an idea on the type of community we will build):


If you choose to subscribe to this Patreon:
  • please join because you believe in the work that I do. 
  • please join because you have benefitted from my free labor in the past, and are now interested in supporting my future work financially. 
  • please join because you are committed to the journey of radical self work. 

And because I appreciate your radical support, I will offer several perks. My thinking around these perks (and tiers) is to help build an actual community that centers joy and learning. I’m new to this so some perks may work swimmingly, and others may need to be workshopped as we journey together.

Please consider joining my Patreon! Look over the tiers and your bank account to make a solid decision. If you prefer to make a one time donation, please give at: PayPal.Me/CodyCharles or cash.me/$CodyCharles

Recent posts by Cody Charles

Tiers
Tangerine (2015)
$1 or more per month
This tier is specifically for undergraduate and graduate students on a budget, or anyone experiencing financial hardship. I trust that this tier will be used appropriately, as I will not be doing any fact checking on the back end. 


Receives the same perks as the $5 tier.

 

  • Weekly writing prompts- prompts that allow you to both explore and reflect on self. 
  • Weekly affirmations- affirmations or quotes shared towards the beginning of each week.
  • Submit affirmations- Remember, this is your community too! Submit affirmations to be shared within the larger community
  • Online discussions- periodic online discussion over articles (higher education and pop culture).
  • Submit discussion suggestions- ability to submit ideas for discussions.
The Color Purple (1985)
$5 or more per month
  • Weekly writing prompts- prompts that allow you to both explore and reflect on self. 
  • Weekly affirmations- affirmations or quotes shared towards the beginning of each week.
  • Submit affirmations- Remember, this is your community too! Submit affirmations to be shared within the larger community
  • Online discussions- periodic online discussion over articles (higher education and pop culture).
  • Submit discussion suggestions- ability to submit ideas for discussions.
Pariah (2011)
$10 or more per month
In addition to the perks of the $5 tier, you will receive the following:

  

  • Access to Cody’s Random Journal- my random thoughts or observations throughout the week, generally around pop culture, writing, and higher education. 
  • Suggest writing prompts- ability to suggest writing prompts for the entire community. 
  • Access to mini discussion guides- debriefing questions for popular films, television, and higher educations topics. (good for your staff professional development or friend group)
Paris is Burning (1990)
$25 or more per month
In addition to the perks of the $5 and $10 tiers, you will receive the following:


20 minute ONLINE chat- ask questions- really good option for white folks and/or cisgender heterosexual Black and brown folks! Here are a few example themes: 

  • Chats around supervising folks with different identities from your own- people of color, queer and trans folks, folks with disabilities, undocumented...
  • Help you answer the infamous question, "What can I do?"
  • Pointers on having critical conversations with colleagues, friends, family, etc.
  • Need help/ideas around curriculum in planning an inclusive and effective retreat or program.


Community feedback- able to submit writings or activities for the community to offer feedback

Moonlight (2016)
$50 or more per month
In addition to the perks of the $5, $10, $25 tiers, you will receive the following:


20 minute PHONE call- ask questions- really good option for white folks and/or cisgender heterosexual folks! Here are a few example themes: 

  • Chats around supervising folks with different identities from your own- people of color, queer and trans folks, folks with disabilities, undocumented...
  • Help you answer the infamous question, "What can I do?"
  • Pointers on having critical conversations with colleagues, friends, family, etc.
  • Need help/ideas around curriculum in planning an inclusive and effective retreat or program.
Baldwin (Timeless)
$100 or more per month
Ummm. WOW! Thank you. I'm not sure there is a perk I can offer for this tier that's worthwhile, but I'll try. Please know that this contribution will allow me to take financial risk in my writing and general work around liberation. This will give me space to explore.


In addition to the perks of the $5, $10, $25, $50 tiers, you will receive the following:


  • Social media shoutout (if you want it)- A quick heartfelt public thank you!
  • A personal letter from me- thanking you for your contribution, and an explanation on how you're directly supporting my Black fat queer dreams.