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Black Campus Life
The Worlds Black Students Make at a Historically White Institution
Black Campus Life
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Antar A. Tichavakunda - Author
SUNY series, Critical Race Studies in Education
SUNY Press Open Access
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 278 pages
Release Date: December 2021
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-8591-1

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Ethnography of Black engineering majors navigating campus life at a historically White university.

An in-depth ethnography of Black engineering students at a historically White institution, Black Campus Life examines the intersection of two crises, up close: the limited number of college graduates in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, and the state of race relations in higher education. Antar Tichavakunda takes readers across campus, from study groups to parties and beyond as these students work hard, have fun, skip class, fundraise, and, at times, find themselves in tense racialized encounters. By consistently centering their perspectives and demonstrating how different campus communities, or social worlds, shape their experiences, Tichavakunda challenges assumptions about not only Black STEM majors but also Black students and the “racial climate” on college campuses more generally. Most fundamentally, Black Campus Life argues that Black collegians are more than the racism they endure. By studying and appreciating the everyday richness and complexity of their experiences, we all—faculty, administrators, parents, policymakers, and the broader public—might learn how to better support them.

This book is freely available in an open access edition thanks to TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem)—a collaboration of the Association of American Universities, the Association of University Presses, and the Association of Research Libraries. Learn more at the TOME website, available at: openmonographs.org, and access the book online through the SUNY Open Access Repository at http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12648/7009

“Tichavakunda effortlessly interweaves theory and empirical research, using interviews, archival documents, and institutional data to paint a rich picture of student life. Black students are depicted multidimensionally, as whole persons, not just the sum of their identities.” — Crystal Renée Chambers, author of Law and Social Justice in Higher Education

Antar A. Tichavakunda is Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of Cincinnati.



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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

1. Learning About Campus Life from Black Engineering Majors

2. Understanding the Past and Present of West Side University

The Black Community

3. The Time and Space to Engage in the Black Community

4. Johnson's Story

The Black Engineering Community

5. Examining NSBE: How Black Engineers Do It for the Culture

6. Jasmine's Story

The Engineering School Community

7. Organizational Involvement: Diversity Dilution and Antiblackness

8. Informal Relationships: The (Im)Possibility of Peer Collaboration

9. Nina's Story

The Mainstream Wsu Community

10. Negotiating Racism: Is Mainstream Campus Life for White Students?

11. Martin's Story

12. Sociology and the Blues of Campus Life

Appendix
Notes
References
Index


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