Jenna Amro is a productive member of a scientific research laboratory in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She can pipet, accurately measure scientific compounds, make agar plates that cells can grow on, properly put the cells on the plates, manage data, sterilize equipment in the autoclave, complete projects on DNA mutations, and more — and she only just finished high school.
Affirmative actionpolicies have often beenfalsely characterized as disadvantageous to white students,leaving students of color open to questioning of the validity of their acceptances to Ivy League schools and other elite institutions of higher education. While the Trump administration has denied a recentNew York Times report that the Department of Justice is considering investigatingcolleges and universities whose race- and gender-based admissions practices could “discriminate against white people,” misconceptions about affirmative action are widespread — and nothing new. Micspoke with eight current and former students about their experiences as people of color on prestigious college campuses and how the term “affirmative action” was often used to discredit their achievements.
I am typically classified by others as a “big, black guy”. I’m 6 foot 2 inches tall, and I weigh around 240 pounds. I have often been asked by strangers what position I played, or where I played college ball (I didn’t). I am a 29 year-old Jamaican male living in San Francisco, working as a software engineer. The words to follow are some thoughts I have had for a while, that I have only recently found the courage to pen.
Mary Dillard, director of the graduate program in women’s history at Sarah Lawrence College, says it can be particularly painful for professors of color to choose between a college with research prestige and one that offers the opportunity to help students who face significant disadvantages. “People who struggle with questions of equity really struggle with career decisions,” she says.
A large group of UW-Madison Black Alumni, called “The Collective,” sent a 10-page open letter to UW-Madison administration yesterday expressing their disapproval and their concern for the continuous incidents at UW that create a hostile environment for people of color. The letter contained 10 recommendations to make life better for students of color on campus. […]