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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
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 240 pages
Release Date: November 2021
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.

“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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