On Shaky Ground: Students of Color in Predominantly White Institutions

For many students of color, being in an environment in which most of the people are different from themselves is a challenging experience. Students of color who are not able to feel connected to and a part of the university may feel alienated, inadequate, and depressed. Many experience pressure to adopt the values, beliefs, and attitudes of the dominant white culture while simultaneously feeling pressure to abandon their own culture.

Hear from a group of young New Hampshire students as they identify some of the social pressures they experience while attending a white educational institution, and ways in which they navigate campus environments to achieve self-realization and achieve academic success while creating a sense of belonging.

Presenters: Rekha Mahadevan, Berwick Academy Class of 2023; Grace Morelli, University of New Hampshire Class of 2021; Curtis Linton, University of New Hampshire Class of 2021, Mechanical Engineer; Ken Holmes, Senior Vice Provost for Student Life, University of New Hampshire

Moderator: Jada Hebra, Senior Vice President & Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Southern NH University


The winter Tea Talk series, presented by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire (BHTNH) and sponsored in part by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities, is a series of participatory lectures related to New Hampshire’s Black history and African American culture. These events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.blackheritagetrailnh.org/tea-talks.

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