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The Predominantly White Institution and Its Role in the Identity Formation of African American Students

Start Date: January 18 6:00 PM
This event is open to the public

In fall 2015, a “victim’s revolution” broke out on the campus of Yale University. After a university administrator sent an e-mail suggesting that American universities “have become places of censure and prohibition,” minority students, feeling that experimental transgression often comes at their expense, began rallying. Student activists wrote letters to administrators, hosted forums, and engaged in protests. Media outlets described the Yale protests as merely responses to the e-mail; critics argued that the students, coddled and oversensitive, were simply playing the role of the victim.

In reality, the outcry of students of color at Yale proved to be about more than just a singular incident; it was about feeling out of place, unrecognized, and invisible in the community that is meant to be their home. Such a feeling is not unique to students at Yale, the University of Missouri, or Claremont McKenna; it characterizes the experiences of many students of color attending predominantly white institutions.

Join Alexis Lefft ’16 to learn more about what it means to be a black face in a white place. Presentation to be made in Kemper Auditorium at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Dessert will be served.

Faculty advisor:
Onaje Woodbine, Instructor in Philosophy and Religious Studies. Sponsored by the Office of Community & Multicultural Development.

The CAMD Scholar program, established in 2006, allows selected students to pursue independent summer research projects related to diversity, multiculturalism, community, and/or identity with the guidance of a faculty advisor.