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RACE AND CLASS PRIVILEGE

Junot Diaz Speaks To The Experiences Of Students of Color

November 28, 2012
Junot Diaz Speaks To The Experiences Of Students of Color

Being a woman of color at a predominantly white institution has a way of making you feel completely alone in a room full of people solely because of the color of your skin. Often in the classroom, one of the places where I feel the least represented on campus, I fear speaking with conviction...
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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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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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Notes on Institutionalized Campus Racism

March 8, 2011
Notes on Institutionalized Campus Racism

Despite articles by the New York Times theorizing about a future post racial America, racism on college campuses is alive and well. To those reading this article on Refuse the Silence, an organization devoted to documenting the silences around racism and sexism on these campuses, this revelation is no surprise
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Care Taking & Racial Awareness in Academia

February 16, 2011

There are two views of higher educational settings, the first being that it is a safe space and the second being that within this safe space you can argue your point, but must respect other’s opinions. What if those opinions are racist, sexist or homophobic? Do we have to put on a different face...
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Safe Spaces Not Safe for Race?

December 27, 2010

In my classes, I often feel the need to defend my point in some way, or even defend my race, although it is assumed that the classroom is a safe discussion space. And sometimes I just don't want to have to work that hard.
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