Students of Color and PWI’s

Surviving and thriving as a student of color at a less than diverse university via Anti-Racist Parent

Asha Jeffers, an African-Caribbean-Canadian student, offered this article, originally written for a college magazine, that highlights her experiences as a person of color in a predominantly white institution and shares advice for tackling the associated challenges.

Each section of the post offers up some advice for students of color who attend a predominantly white institution (PWI).

  • If you don’t want to answer a question, then don’t.
  • You can speak any language you damn well please. Any time you please.
  • There is nothing wrong with wanting to hang out with other people of color.
  • That said…befriending people you identify with ethnically is easy; having a more diverse group of friends takes work (but it’s totally worth it!)
  • You are not the spokesperson for your ethnicity.
  • Exoticization is just no fun.
  • When you are away from school, stock up on culturally specific food/stuff, because it’s likely a lot of it won’t be available where you are.
  • It’s not your job to educate everyone, but if you want to, go for it.