And a few semesters ago,one of my more cheerful students, Mahari, actually came to see me and mentioned that he was feeling a bit like an outcast because he's black.
At my university,I'm one of the few faculty members of color,and growing up, I experienced
my family's social mobility, moving out of apartments into a nice house, but in an overwhelmingly
So, I teach college students about inequality and race in education, and I like to leave my office open
to any of my students who might just want to see me to chat.
He had just transferred to NYU from a community college on a merit scholarship, and turns out, only about five percent of students at NYU are black.
And so I started to remember that I know that feeling of being an outsider in your own community.
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