I believe and I want universities to be places that lead the corrective practices and implementation of culturally competent spaces into the 21st century, not places that exacerbate and perpetuate racial inequality. I believe it can be done. It needs to be done.
I don't know what it's like to be an average Black student at the Mizzou in 2015, though I imagine it's not very different from what it was like when I studied there in the early '90s.
The Young, Gifted, and Black Conference at Smith College physically and figuratively expressed black visibility at predominantly white institutions. The conference consisted of workshops led by Smith College professors, students, and alums.
I made the right decision. Hampton University is exactly where I am meant to be. My education reaches far beyond the focus of academics. My professors genuinely care about my future success and what's going on in my life.