Talk: 'The Diversity Blues at HWCUs: Towards a Deep Diversity Agenda'
November 17, 2016
Student Union Ballroom
UMass Amherst Campus
Racism is alive and well in the country and is also alive and well in colleges and universities. The focus of much of the attention on race matters in the academy has been on large, macro-racial incidents such as a noose hanging from a tree (Duke University), exclusion of black and Latina women from a frat party (Yale), and someone calling a black student leader the N-word (Missouri). This focus, although perhaps necessary for mobilization, does not cover the many, consistent, and detrimental ways in which race affects the lives of students of color in the academy. In this talk, Professor Bonilla-Silva will do four things. First, provide a structural definition of racism. Second, describe “color-blind racism” or the dominant racial ideology people use to transact, talk, and describe racial matters in contemporary America. Third, characterize most colleges and universities in the USA as HWCUs (historically white colleges and universities) and explain what this entails. Lastly, provide some ideas of how we need to reframe the agenda and the struggle for racial justice in HWCUs.