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Morgane Veronique Richardson graduated Middlebury College with an Honors B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology and the History of Art and Architecture. Prior to founding Refuse The Silence, Morgane was an active woman’s rights advocate on college campuses in New England. To make money, she worked at the Brooklyn Arts Council, Lehman Brothers Art Department and, taught dance at The Go Project and later when on work at a progressive social media firm based out of Los Angeles and New York City. Morgane is well known for her work in the feminist community. Her work on women, race and education has been published in numerous online magazines including, Bitch, Feministing, and More Magazine. Contact Morgane at Morgane.Richardson@gmail.com.

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Event: Presumed Incompetent, The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia

March 23, 2013

Gabriella Gonzalez and Angela P. Harris are the co-editors of a book on the experiences of female faculty of color called Presumed Incompetent:  The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia. As Gabriella states, “The alienation that women of color experience as students at predominantly white universities only continues (and increases exponentially) as they...
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Mo’ Degrees, Mo’ Problems at Facing Race 2012

November 20, 2012

I had the pleasure of attending a powerful seminar at Facing Race with Julianne Hing (Colorlines), Tiffany Dena Loftin (United States Student Association) and by Tressie McMillian Cottom (Emory University) on the future of  higher education, retention rates, and access for students of color in the United States. Tressie had a wonderful response on...
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Facing Race 2012 Preview

November 18, 2012
Facing Race 2012 Preview

As the fabulous Ph.D. students and education activist, Tressie McMillan Cottom, exclaims, the researcher’s life can be solitary, but Facing Race gave us all a moment to reflect on the reasons why we do the work that we do. It allowed many activists to see that our work and passions are not isolated in...
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Students Start Racist Protests After Election Result

November 12, 2012
Students Start Racist Protests After Election Result

On Tuesday, November 6th, 2012, the American people watched as President Barack Obama was re-elected. Though some rejoiced while others cursed in frustration, groups of students around the country gathered on their campuses to shout racial epithets and threats of physical violence to students of color. At Hampden-Sydney College in Richmond, Virginia, 40 students “shouted racial slurs,...
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Has Higher Education Become An Engine of Inequality? – The Chronicles of Higher Education

July 3, 2012

The Chronicles of Higher Education posted a blog today on the rising inequalities within higher education institutions. Though higher education was once viewed as a means of obtaining greater equality, “a study by Standford University shows that the gap in standardized-test scores between low-income and high-income students has widened about 40 percent since the 1960s—now double...
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Blacks Forever At The Bottom of The Job Market… And A College Degree Makes It Worse.

June 21, 2012
Blacks Forever At The Bottom of The Job Market… And A College Degree Makes It Worse.

In an article posted by the NYTimes yesterday, it was reported that “ore than half of all of African-Americans and other non-Hispanic blacks in the city who were old enough to work had no job at all this year…” And, if that isn’t enough of a staggering number, black New Yorkers who lose there...
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The Cap-less Graduation – Finale

June 21, 2012
The Cap-less Graduation – Finale

In previous posts (first here, then here), I spoke about the eurocentric symbolism of the graduation cap and the difficulties it has given to natural haired people of color who are embarking on the glorious journey of graduating from their academic institutions. I made a strong personal stance and stated that I would choose to break...
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In Need Of A Paradigm Shift: Protesting The Graduation Cap

May 8, 2012

A little research revealed that the Cap and Gown or ‘Academic Dress’ originated from the early 19th Century Europe. As the tradition moved into the United States, committees were organized to develop the standard of academic dress. It goes without saying that people of color were neither included in this conversation, nor were they...
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The Road To Peace Is Complex

March 12, 2012

I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t. - Audre Lorde I applied to the University For Peace with the belief that...
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Guidelines for Higher Ed: Discrimination, Prejudice, Stereotyping, Ethnocentrism & Racism

November 29, 2011

A major shift has occurred in the last decade, where a once visible and clear-cut White racism has turned into a “new” racism that has became increasingly disguised or apparently non-existent (World Council of Churches, 2002, p. 4). Today, we find that racism is most present in tightly controlled global infrastructures of economic,...
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