Thought Bubbles by Lilly Sandoval – Microaggressions Student Panel

The panel presented many different viewpoints pertaining to personal narratives that each student faced. This panel included many backgrounds however there was a comment mentioned anonymously saying that there was no latinx representation, I wondered the same thing. Regardless I believe the event opened up the conversation, not only for students of color but for their potential allies as well. They brought up the issues that they , as students, experience in Davidson and even the issues which arise for faculty of color as well. Who tend to take on an additional role as a support or advocate for students of color, aside from their official positions within the school. Some topics made me feel small, mad and sad due to the topics. Although I’ve only been in the state for a short while I can see vastly different attitudes regarding racism compared to my home in California. It’s scary to think that there are some faculty who tend to have these bad habits of singling out  students of color and it’s hard to see how some students manage when they have issues with another student and the professor may not get involved at all or advocate for the student. It’s a sensitive topic, but students of color experience these levels of discomfort constantly within a PWI and if their allies could become more involved in these situations and even advocate for those students of color even when they aren’t present ; I believe it’s a step in the right direction.

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