We are pleased to release our second report about Racial Microaggressions at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. This report explores the various subtle and contemporary forms of racism that take place in the classroom. The student’s voices reveal instances of sitting unwelcome in the classroom, hearing racist conversations, experiencing offensive lecture content, suffering with exclusion and harassment in group projects, and being subjected to stereotypes in class discussions and small group interactions. Students also report encountering racial steering in advising about courses and major selection. The report provides recommendations to help administrators focus on effective policies, curricula, faculty training, student codes of conduct, and cultural and ethnic programming. As we look to the future with the new medical college, it is critical that we are at the forefront of training healers who understand subtle forms of racism and how they may contribute to individuals’ well-being.
We look forward to the important conversations that this report will create. Join us for a panel and discussion about the report on 3/31 from 4 to 6pm at Spurlock.
Download a free copy of the report at http://www.racialmicroaggressions.illinois.edu/files/2015/03/RMA-Classroom-Report.pdf
Margaret Browne Huntt