People of Color in Predominantly White Institutions


Date of this Version

November 2002


For some time now, four year institutions have been circulating the myth that education equals a job upon graduation. Along with this myth, the university system makes it appear as if this equation works across the board, for minority graduates as well as majority group members. A third prong of the falsehood is that a job or a career is the ultimate goal. Very little mention is ever made of self-sufficiency or entrepreneurship. In this paper, we present a community-based model of economic development that revolves around minority students starting their own businesses rather than opting for graduation and then beginning the hunt to "look for a white boss to adopt them.”