Share the Mic: 4 Resources Addressing Racial Injustices in Higher Education

In lieu of our normal blog and podcast episode this week, Bright Futures felt it important to “share the mic” with our higher education colleagues who are Black. Our intention is to magnify our colleagues’ excellent work in the field of college admission and to expand to offer relevant and thoughtful content as you navigate the college admission process. While there are so many resources to listen to and to watch, here are 4 resources addressing racial injustices in higher education.

4 Resources Addressing Racial Injustices in Higher Education

Letter on “Grieving The Lives Lost And The Continuing Injustice”

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) CEO Joyce E. Smith shared a personal reflection grieving the recent lives lost and continuing injustice in our country with association members. Change “starts by recognizing that the root of this problem is deep, historic, and systemic, and solving it will require an examination of some ugly truths at the heart of our society” (Smith). Read the full letter here.

“Let’s Get to the Root of Racial Injustice” Tedx Talk

In a powerful talk, Megan Ming Francis paints a clear and shocking picture of the reality of racial injustices. Get to the roof of racial injustice and learn some common misconceptions about these injustices. 

An Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington (UW), Megan Ming Francis specializes in the study of American politics, race, and the development of constitutional law. She is particularly interested in the construction of rights and citizenship, black political activism, and the post-civil war South.

Learn more about Francis here.

“No Time for Silence” Webinar with Susan Toler Carr, PE

This Friday (June 12, 2020 at 11am PST), Susan Toler Carr, PE is hosting a free webinar to answer the following questions:

  • Have you started conversations with students about the civil unrest in communities not only across the country, but around the world? 
  • Why are people protesting? 
  • What is their message?
  • Are we fully aware of the social, educational and economic gaps that afflict so many students of color populations? 
  • Students of Color struggle with feeling academically and emotionally prepared. How can we, as advisors, support them?

Carr is a black woman in higher education and is raising a black son. Be part of this crucial and timely conversation about how silence is more harmful than good. Register for this free webinar here.

“Code Switch Goes to College” Podcast Episode

Released back in 2018, this podcast episode is still relevant today. A University of Texas San Antonio professor built and developed a course based on this podcast – the Code Switch. In the course, students learn how to have those tough conversations about race and identity. You’ll want to hear how this course translated from classroom conversations to a real life incident that made national news. Listen to the episode here. 

The conversation doesn’t stop here. If you have any resources you’d like to share, drop a link in the comments below.