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ERIC Number: ED433273
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-20
Pages: 12
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Understanding "Whiteness" in Academia: A Black Woman's Perspective.
Holcomb-McCoy, Cheryl C.
While a great deal of discussion has been generated regarding increased levels of student diversity, recruitment of minority faculty, and the diversification of college curricula, there has been far less written about the impact of white institutions on the psyches of ethnic minority faculty. This paper discloses one African-American female faculty member's perceptions of "whiteness" in academia. The paper contends that if educators explore and examine the racial dynamics between faculty and staff, the complexities of addressing race and equity in the classroom is demystified and the likelihood of faculty-of-color remaining at predominantly white institutions is increased. It begins by describing the faculty member's reactions to a School of Education faculty race retreat. Drawing upon the faculty member's feelings, thoughts, and reactions to the retreat, the paper relates those reactions to the concept of "whiteness." Choosing to avoid the use of theory or theoretical perspectives, the paper relays the innermost feelings of the faculty member so that white colleagues might gain an understanding of the racial dynamics among faculty that frequently "color" institutions and cause minority faculty to leave or abandon academia. It is hoped that the illumination of this faculty member's perceptions will give senior faculty a better understanding of how to design racial awareness activities for faculty. (BT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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