People of Color in Predominantly White Institutions


Date of this Version

November 2003


As an African-American female at a predominantly White college, I feel the added senseof duty that other women and minorities in academia frequently feel, the pull to serve not only as a teacher but also as a mentor, advisor, and role model for minority students on campus. As one of two professors who teach African American Literature and Culture - and the only African American -I also feel, perhaps mistakenly, as if I am viewed by the White students, and maybe by the African American students as well, as the ambassador to African-American culture. I sense that the White students expect to learn everything about Black culture from me, in fifteen weeks. I am not merely teaching a subject, then, but representing it as well. As I learned over the past three years at this college, the role of minority professor at a predominantly white college is one of constant negotiation