Dealing with Racism | #WeBelongInCollege Stories
Last updated March 1, 2021
Watch these students' #WeBelongInCollege videos and learn about how they have persisted through their struggles with racism.
Andrew’s #WeBelongInCollege Story
It took awhile for Andrew to feel comfortable as a person of color in a predominantly white college. But when he felt discriminated against by someone he thought was his friend, he started to once again question if he belonged.
Daylee’s #WeBelongInCollege Story
Being one of the few black students in a predominantly white institution was challenging in many ways. Hear from Daylee, who found support by connecting with other students of color.
Gerolly’s #WeBelongInCollege Story
As a person of color in a predominantly white institution combined with her interest in studying race and class, Gerolly felt the need to enhance the dialogue in her classes and on her campus. Hear from Gerolly how this helped her gain a greater sense of belonging.
Victoria’s #WeBelongInCollege Story
Victoria was already nervous about taking the English A.P. exam at her school’s library. And that was before she arrived and encountered what so many students of color experience on a regular basis; straight up racism. Listen to this powerful story about how she was almost kept from taking the exam. Even though Victoria knows there are racist people out there who are going to continue to try to deprive her of the education she deserves, she knows she belongs in college!
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Being a first-generation college student feels like running in the dark half the time. When you finally figure out where you’re going, there’s still obstacles in your way. Tests before tests. Some people will think you don’t belong in the room. Don’t let them stop you from walking into the door. Know that there is a seat for you and a paper with your name on it. #ibelongincollege #webelongincollege
Joan’s #WeBelongInCollege Story
Joan knows too many students of color who don’t feel that they belong in college because “they can’t stand the environment on campus.” In her story, she asks the question that we should all be asking: how are we going to transform higher education so that ALL students will feel like they belong?
Enoch’s #WeBelongInCollege Story
Enoch has found it hard to focus on school lately because he is sickened to live in a world that oppresses people based on the color of their skin. In his story, he shares how this has made him question whether he belongs in college and how for the first time ever, it feels like some major changes are possible, including in his college.
Karoline’s #WeBelongInCollege Story
In Karoline’s story, she talks about her experience attending a predominantly white institution and her concerns that her white peers will continue to remain silent during conversations about race when classes resume. She has decided that not only will she not let their silence make her question if she belongs, "we are not going to let their silence extinguish the power in our voices."
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