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Final Semester Reflection

THREE KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS SEMESTER 1. I DON’T — AND WILL NEVER — KNOW EVERYTHING 2. MEET PEOPLE WHERE THEY ARE 3. HAVE INTEGRITY IN MY WORK I don’t — and will never — know everything One of the key takeaways for me in this course was teaching myself to have the humility to …

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Fit as a Euphemism for Whiteness in Higher Education Hiring Practices

Introduction to the Issue Hiring practices in higher education are long overdue for a critical evaluation and overhaul of current racist—even if it’s subtle or unintentional—policies and practices. Ashlee (2019) sheds light on the harmful practices systemically rooted in our hiring practices. More specifically, the author explores the pervasive notion that the term “fit” is …

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Intersectionality: Taking it to Heart

  Introduction to Intersectionality The term intersectionality is a relatively new one as it was originally coined by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw in the late 1980s. She describes the intersectionality as “a lens through which you can see where power comes and collides, where it interlocks and intersects.” In practice, Crenshaw developed the term as a means to interrogate …

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University Housing Costs

Everyone knows that going to college comes with quite the hefty price tag. When students are busy paying for tuition, books, and parking permits, they spend their time scrambling to pay for their housing. Since many Virginia Tech-like institutions require that first-year students live on campus, debates about pricey campus housing have been ongoing. As …

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Blog Post 2: Stereotype Threat

Defining Stereotype Threat The term “stereotype threat” was originally created by researchers who were studying black students and their performance on standardized tests (The Glossary of Education Reform, 2013). The research brought awareness to how people’s performance can be influenced by their awareness of stereotypes centered around their identities. More specifically, stereotype threat is used …

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Introductory Blog

Hi everyone! My name is Bre and I use she/her pronouns. I am a vivacious and social individual who is committed to cultivating an experience for college students that illustrates that learning is not only a degree-seeking practice. I am a graduate of Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management and a …

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