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Additional Reading and Resources

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I have put together this section because so much external reading informed what I ultimately wrote, and I wanted to share those resources with others. The following resources are broken up into three categories: News Articles, Activist Blogs and Archives, and Books by Academics. All of the quotations from the narratives are included in the relevant resource category.  


News Articles

In 2007, following an incident of racial insensitivity and ignorance at Bryn Mawr College and a postering campaign on race at Haverford College, several articles in the Bi-College News discussed the way race is experienced within the Bi-Co:

Heller, J. (2007, May 1). Profs Organize Race Discussion at HC – The Bi-College News. Retrieved May 15, 2014, from

Milne, A. (2007, April 17). Students Call for SGA Treasurer’s Resignation – The Bi-College News. Retrieved May 15, 2014, from

Vasko, L. (2007, May 11). Social Justice in the Bi-Co – The Bi-College News. Retrieved May 15, 2014, from

Then last year (2012-13) protests and discussion occurred surrounding the closing of Perry House at Bryn Mawr. A letter from several students on the closure was featured in the Bi-College News:

Jenness, S., Calderon, C., & Salas, J. (2012, November 18). Residents of Perry House Speak Out – The Bi-College News. Retrieved May 14, 2014, from

This year (2013-14), following a racist incident directed towards a professor of color, a town hall meeting on race and diversity was held at Bryn Mawr:

Genovese, R. (2014, April 9). Issues of Race Addressed at Bryn Mawr Town Hall – The Bi-College News. Retrieved May 14, 2014, from

Additionally, discussion has come up with greater frequency on both Haverford and Bryn Mawr’s campuses surrounding both the lack of and loss of faculty diversity at the colleges. Two articles on Haverford’s particular experience of this are here. The second article is a response to the first:

Howe, N. (2014, March 30). College Losing Faculty of Color to Peer Institutions. Retrieved May 15, 2014, from

Ahsin, T. (2014, April 27). Bringing to Light the Context of Conversation. Retrieved May 15,2014, from

Finally, this loss of faculty of color is not isolated to Haverford – Wesleyan students have recently protested the loss of faculty from their African American Studies department:

Herman, L. (2014, May 13). Wesleyan students fight to re-establish focus on African American Studies. Retrieved May 14, 2014, from


Activist Blogs and Archives

Some of the following blogs and online archives have been cited and some simply informed my thinking before beginning my writing. They are organized by school:

Bryn Mawr College:

Abbot, S. E., Adams, K., & Lee, S. (2014, April 21). Exploring Multiple and Intersecting Identities: Themes and Suggestions for Action. Retrieved May 15, 2014, from /exchange/multicultural-education-2014/hummingbird/exploring-multiple-and-intersecting-identities-themes-and-s

Leverage the zine. (2014, February). Retrieved May 15, 2014, from

Perry House Couch: Sittin' Down to Take a Stand! (2012, December). Retrieved from

Harvard College:

I, Too, Am Harvard. (2014, March 1). Retrieved May 14, 2014, from

Mount Holyoke College:

Haaga, M. (2014, March 14). Mount Holyoke College LITS blog: #MoHonest: A History of Racism and Student Protest at Mount Holyoke. Retrieved May 15, 2014, from

#MoHonest (2014, March). Retrieved May 15, 2014, from

Perera, A. (2014, March 5). Time to Step Up. Retrieved May 14, 2014, from

Wegerif, M. (2014, March 3). Mount Holyoke, A College For White Men? Retrieved May 14, 2014, from

Books by Academics

I include the following books for students, teachers, future teachers, activists, and anyone looking for some theory and analysis on race and diversity in the academy and activism connected to that. For an overview of how academia has shifted demographically and how students of color and faculty of color in predominantly white institutions now face challenges, see:

Chesler, M. A., Lewis, A. E., & Crowfoot, J. E. (2005). Challenging racism in higher education: Promoting justice. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Peterson, M. W., Blackburn, R. T., Gamson, Z. F., Arce, C. H., Davenport, R. W., & Mingle, J. R. (1978). Black students on white campuses: The impacts of increased black enrollments. Ann Arbor, MI: Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan.

Simpson, J. S. (2003). "I have been waiting": Race and U.S. higher education. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Willie, C. V. (1981). The ivory and ebony towers: Race relations and higher education. Lexington, MA: LexingtonBooks.

For a more specific focus on female students of color, see:

Gmelch, S., Stoffer, M. H., & Yetzer, J. L. (1998). Chapter 6: Racism in the Colorblind Academy. In Gender on campus: Issues for college women. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

For possible classroom practices – particularly suited to college classrooms – that better support students, see:

Johns, A. M., & Sipp, M. K. (2004). Diversity in college classrooms: Practices for today's campuses. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

And for an account and analysis of two student movements (in UC Berkley and UW Madison) that successfully pushed for the development of Ethnic Studies departments, see:

Yamane, D. (2001). Student movements for multiculturalism: Challenging the curricular color line in higher education. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.


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