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Giving voice to the Black experience in the Ivory

“It’s not just time to understand; it’s time to concede the power we yield in the Ivory”, Dr. K.D. Joshi, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Information Systems, College of Business, UNR

As I once again watched the most recent outrage displayed by my fellow Americans regarding Black Lives, I braced myself for – Yet another round of disappointment – Yet another round of condescending narratives about the Black community – Yet another round of ineffectual solutions that focus on “fixing” the Black community so they can overcome academic failures and poverty. This time around, I was determined to be silent as I vividly remembered the futility of my past fury.

But one late Saturday night in June, when the hashtag #BlackInTheIvory began to trend on Twitter, I started to reflect on the experiences Black men on college campuses shared with us in the 88 interviews me and my other two colleagues (Dr. Lynette Yarger & Dr. Eileen Trauth) conducted for our research funded by the National Science Foundation[i].  This Blog shines a light on the Black experience in the Ivory. My reflections confirm what many have suggested that such experiences shake the sense of belonging even among the most high-achieving Black individuals.

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