Surviving & Thriving: The Struggle for Equal Education for Minority Students at PWIs

"At schools across the country, from the University of Missouri to Ithaca College to Stanford, students of color are showing that they feel disconnected from their respective schools, that implicit yet institutionalized racism creates emotional distance between them and their white peers and faculty" (Steele, n.p.). Today I had an experience that I believe I have way too often. I sat in my Hinduism & Buddhism class (a class of 30+ students only 3 black students in the class) and I said nothing for the whole 50 minutes of the class. When I left a class a wave of disappointment came over me, and I didn't know why. As the day went on I continued to ask myself why I was feeling this way. Usually

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