Ready to Be an Ally for Black Academics? Here’s a Start

Updated: May 3, 2021

Twelve ways that white faculty members can better support Black academics in their department and across the campus.


Ebony O. McGee


Black academics find ourselves in an unexpected new reality. When white faculty members speak up about us, we’re used to hearing questions like, “Why are you always complaining?” and “And can’t you smile more?” But this year, we are finally at a point where many white professors are singing a different tune: “We see your pain. How can we help?” For me, as a Black faculty member at a historically white university, that’s music to my ears.


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