Professors address racial inequality across higher education – GW Hatchet – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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A pair of education professors outlined the psychological violence facing African American students at predominantly white institutions Thursday as part of the keynote event of this year’s annual week-long celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Denice Dortch, a professor of higher education administration, said she completed a yearlong study that followed nine African American students at a predominantly white institution in the Midwest where students relayed their stories about different forms of violence they experienced there. Nearly 180 students attended this year’s keynote event, which was hosted by the Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

“I was really honored to be selected as one of the MLK featured speakers for the week, given my topic in the subject matter that could be really receptive to understanding what the experiences may be like for African Ameri


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