RACE ON CAMPUS:
Debunking Myths with Data
Topic Leader: Susan Vega García
Meeting: LMT 11.13
Please read the following & be prepared to discuss at our meeting:
Note: This chapter focuses on the problematic yet widespread idea of students of color being a "mismatch" at selective or high prestige universities. While there's much here to discuss, our questions for this chapter will pivot to overarching questions of "welcoming" and inclusion.
1. Chapter 6 frames the concept of "mismatch" with what Park calls "benevolent racism" (p124).
2. At its essence, the concept of "mismatch" speaks to perceptions of who belongs where. The chapter concerns URM students and colleges, but let's consider the following:
3. Contrary to "mismatch" theory, Park's data show students of color and URM thrive at more challenging institutions that provide supportive environments. Rather than applying a deficit model to students (i.e., they should change), Park advocates for changing the institution to become more supportive of their specific needs.
This resonates with the library's goals of becoming the most welcoming and inclusive land grant library, and the new Framework's statement that we are centering DEI in our work.