DIY/DEI: The Black collegiate experience

DIY/DEI: Trusted resources to explore diversity, equity, and inclusion topics that matter to NC State

Advocates and allies are essential to promoting a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in higher education and beyond. For many, there is a new awareness of issues associated with DEI and a growing desire to learn and engage. To support your efforts, the NC State University Libraries and the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity have created a curated list of resources to inform your inquiry, introspection, and engagement with this topic. Engaging with these resources will provide you with an opportunity to explore DEI and develop your narrative and understanding.

This Month's Featured Topic: The Black collegiate experience
This issue of DIY/DEI features a selection of resources across formats that illuminate the Black experience in higher education. Looking at both historically Black and predominantly white institutions, this resource list explores the long and rich history of being Black at those institutions. These resources have been curated to increase understanding of this complicated experience which continues to play a critical role in the country’s history. This list was curated by Hanna Amme and Cynthia Levine.

Our first DIY/DEI resource list was on Antiracism. To suggest a future topic for an edition of DIY/DEI, please send your topic idea to oied-communications@ncsu.edu.

Books

Black space : negotiating race, diversity, and belonging in the ivory towerBlack space : negotiating race, diversity, and belonging in the ivory tower,
Sherry L. Deckman, 2022.
This work illuminates ways administrators, faculty, student affairs staff, and indeed, students themselves, might productively address issues of difference and anti-Blackness for the purpose of fostering critically inclusive campus environments.

The last negroes at Harvard: the class of 1963 and the eighteen young men who changed Harvard foreverThe last negroes at Harvard: the class of 1963 and the eighteen young men who changed Harvard forever,
Kent Garrett and Jeanne Ellsworth, 2020.
Part memoir, part group portrait, and part narrative history of the intersection between the civil rights movement and higher education, this is the remarkable story of brilliant, singular boys whose identities were changed at and by Harvard, and who, in turn, changed Harvard.

The impacts of racism and bias on black people pursuing careers in science, engineering, and medicine : proceedings of a workshopThe impacts of racism and bias on black people pursuing careers in science, engineering, and medicine : proceedings of a workshop,
Cato T. Laurencin, ed., 2020.
Proceedings of a workshop to identify key levers, drivers, and disruptors in government, industry, health care, and higher education where actions can have the most impact on increasing the participation of Black men and Black women in science, medicine, and engineering.

The campus color line : college presidents and the struggle for Black freedomThe campus color line : college presidents and the struggle for Black freedom,
Eddie R. Cole, 2020
Ebook
: https://catalog.lib.ncsu.edu/catalog/NCSU4925931
Print: https://catalog.lib.ncsu.edu/catalog/NCSU5324838
The remarkable history of how college presidents shaped the struggle for racial equality.

Books on Black women

The campus color line : college presidents and the struggle for Black freedomBlack women in the ivory tower, 1850-1954: an intellectual history
Stephanie Y. Evans, 2007.
Ebook: https://catalog.lib.ncsu.edu/catalog/NCSU5295457
Print: https://catalog.lib.ncsu.edu/catalog/NCSU1956351
Evans chronicles the stories of African American women who struggled for and won access to formal education.

Disciplining Women: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Black Counterpublics, and the Cultural Politics of Black SororitiesDisciplining Women: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Black Counterpublics, and the Cultural Politics of Black Sororities,
Deborah Elizabeth Whaley, 2020.
Ebook: https://catalog.lib.ncsu.edu/catalog/NCSU4232196
Print: https://catalog.lib.ncsu.edu/catalog/NCSU2439673
An interdisciplinary look at Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA), the first historically Black sorority.

Lean Semesters How Higher Education Reproduces InequityLean Semesters How Higher Education Reproduces Inequity,
Sekile M. Nzinga, 2020.
Addressing in depth the reality that women of color, particularly Black women, face compounded exploitation and economic inequality within the neoliberal university.
 

The unchosen me : race, gender, and identity among black women in collegeThe unchosen me : race, gender, and identity among black women in college,
Rachelle Winkle-Wagner, 2009.
Ebook: https://catalog.lib.ncsu.edu/catalog/NCSU5162905
Print: https://catalog.lib.ncsu.edu/catalog/NCSU2255793
The Unchosen Me examines the experiences of African American collegiate women and the identity-related pressures they encounter both on and off campus.

Articles

Walking the Talk: Black Experiences Need to Be an Integral Part of College Curricula,”
Nailah Reine Barnes.

A personal narrative is presented which explores the author's experience of being completed an audio narrative project for my African Diaspora and the World (ADW) program, and looked at how the contemporary artist Amy Sherald uses portraiture as in her painting “Mama has Made the Bread.”

’Enriching the Africana Soul’: Black College Students' Lived Experiences With Affinity Housing at a Predominately White Institution,”
Vanessa V. Volpe and Bryanna M. Jones.

In this study, semistructured interviews were used to capture the experiences of 13 Black student and alumni residents.

Articles on Black women

Black Women in Higher Education: A Reflection on Inequity and Injustice,”
Leah Woldai.

Black women of all ages face a burdensome number of challenges as they attempt to navigate the taxing world of academia.

My First Year in Academia or the Mythical Black Woman Superhero Takes on the Ivory Tower,”
Mikkaka Overstreet.

In this autoethnographic article, I explore my experiences as an early career Academic of Color.

Trapped between justified anger and being the strong Black woman: Black college women coping with racial battle fatigue at historically and predominantly White institutions.”
Corbin, N. A., Smith, W. A., & Garcia, J. R. (2018).

International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 31(7), 626-643.
Using the unique form of a composite counterstory culled from the experiences of 13 Black women at historically and predominantly White colleges and universities in a Western U.S. state, this paper explores the psychological tensions and silencing Black college women face as they navigate social constructions of their selfhood under a White gaze.

Podcasts

Being Black in the PackBeing Black in the Pack
You can expect to hear from us and other members of the NC State community about a variety of topics related to Black culture, Africana studies, Black literature, and more!

 

We do more than Step and StrollWe do more than Step and Stroll
Over the course of this podcast, you can expect to hear from us and other members of the NC State community about a variety of topics related to Black culture, Africana studies, Black literature, and more! More specifically, we will be exploring diverse passions held by Black professionals and community activists, highlighting resources available at the AACC, and discussing the impact and meaning of TV shows and books centered around the black experience.

The Life-Altering Differences Between White and Black DebtThe Life-Altering Differences Between White and Black Debt
This discussion is… more broadly about what it means to think in terms of wealth—and its inverse, debt—and what a radically different picture that reveals about the American economy and society.

 

The HBCU PodcastThe HBCU Podcast
Hosts discuss Historically Black Colleges and Universities while spotlighting alumni through news, colorful commentary, and interviews. Listen to conversations on “hot button” HBCU topics and meet HBCU graduates making a mark in a variety of industries.

Podcasts on Black women

Hey Girl HeyHey Girl Hey
You can expect to hear from us and other members of the NC State community about a variety of topics related to Black culture, Africana studies, Black literature, and more!

 

Cite Black Women PodcastCite Black Women Podcast
This bi-weekly podcast features reflections and conversations about the politics and praxis of acknowledging and centering Black women’s ideas and intellectual contributions inside and outside of the academy through citation.



Videos/Documentary

Degrees of Separation documentaryDegrees of Separation documentary,
Zakiya Akerele.

Degrees of Separation presents the issues of higher unemployment and underemployment experienced by Black college graduates.

 

Tell them we are risingTell them we are rising,
Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams.

A haven for Black intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries and path of promise toward the American dream. Black colleges and universities have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field. They have been unapologetically Black for more than 150 years. For the first time ever, their story is told.

Baptized in Blackness’: Why Homecoming Is Vital to the Black College ExperienceBaptized in Blackness’: Why Homecoming Is Vital to the Black College Experience,
The Learning Network.

New York Times Film Club video about Homecoming and the many rituals.