Mishma Nixon's op-ed, "Classes on Racial Justice Can End Up Burdening Students, Faculty of Color," published by Teen Vogue
Throughout this semester, college students across the country have received mass emails about “these unprecedented times.” These emails shoot for a tone of empathy; they are full of promises to do better by students of color, the mission to combat campus racism, and efforts to diversify curriculums.
The effort to diversify curriculums has emerged as a standard solution for predominantly white universities, along with providing student healing spaces and implicit-bias trainings. Professors suddenly want to talk about race, and departments have rushed to post statements on websites and in newsletters in support of Black Lives Matter. When I attempted to build my schedule for the spring semester, I was taken aback by the number of new classes that are explicitly about race or center racial conversations.