[TALK] Campus Counterspaces: Black and Latinx Students’ Search for Community at Historically White Universities by Dr. Micere Keels

Tuesday, November 9, 11:30am-1:00pm
UMass Old Chapel and Zoom

The UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) invites you to attend a talk by Dr. Micere Keels, where she will discuss her book, Campus Counterspaces: Black and Latinx Students’ Search for Community at Historically White Universities. Campus Counterspaces challenges historically white universities like UMass Amherst to go beyond making diversity statements to taking diversity actions.

Dr. Keels, a professor of comparative human development, wrote Campus Counterspaces in response to news articles describing historically marginalized students as “fragile and perpetually vulnerable to victimization.” In contrast, her interviews with 500 Black and Latinx students over time while they were enrolled at five historically white colleges and universities found that they were asking for access to counterspaces, safe spaces that would enable radical growth. Radical growth is the development of ideas and narratives that challenge dominant representations of and notions about their marginalized identities.

Co-sponsored by the Colleges of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Education, Natural Sciences, and the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

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Sign up to join a book group by September 30, 2021!

In the run-up to Dr. Keels' talk, SBS invites you to join small book group discussions of Campus Counterspaces. Book groups will meet twice, once in late October and once in early November.

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