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Injustice on Campus

A collaboration between the Cassandra Voss Center and Multicultural Student Services

The Cassandra Voss Center (CVC) and Multicultural Student Services (MSS), are partnering on a speaker series for SNC faculty and staff focused on examining how American college campuses can function as sites of injustice, including: racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, ableism, and religious discrimination. This series, entitled “Injustice on Campus,” is a continuation of the efforts begun with the Cassandra Voss Center's anti-racism workshops, and intends to provide a deeper dive into how various groups of students face injustices on campus. This series will begin in February and will highlight a series of thought-leaders who can help our community better serve the needs of all students.  

*Please note that this series is open to all SNC faculty and staff.

Spring 2022 Speakers

Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022

2-3 p.m.


My Potential was Anonymous: The Educational Desires and Experiences of Men of Color in College

Understanding how Men of Color make sense of, navigate, and negotiate their higher education experiences continues to be a pressing need for researchers, educators, and educational stakeholders, especially given data regarding their retention and graduation. Importantly, their experiences reveal a great deal about how social institutions (such as schools) act upon them and the inopportune-opportunity structure that they must navigate. In my research and practice, I center student voices, experiences, and narratives and pay close attention to how their racialized and gendered identities matter in their college years. Given the ways that they often are repositioned away from success, taking account of their agency, critical consciousness, and resilience and identifying ways to transform educational praxis and institutional cultures are paramount to help support and bolster their success efforts.

*Dr. Brooms' book, Being Black, Being Male On Campus is available for purchase through the SNC Bookstore.


Derrick R. Brooms, Ph.D.
Professor, Sociology & Africana Studies
University of Tennessee


Thursday, Mar. 24, 2022

3-4 p.m.


Campus Encounters with Muslim Women 

College is supposed to be a world of freedom and self-discovery, a promise that is open to everyone. Or is it? Does a diverse campus community welcome all students equally? What about Muslim students? How do their peers perceive Muslim women undergraduates? 

In this talk, you will hear Muslim undergraduate women’s stories I gathered during my research, as I tell you what prejudice and stereotype looks like in the mundane moments on campus. I will explore how Muslim college students – Black, White, of immigrant background - “wear” stigmatized identities, and how they play those identities - up or down.

*Dr. Mir's book, Muslim American Women on Campus: Undergraduate Social Life and Identity is available for purchase through the SNC Bookstore.


Shabana Mir, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Anthropology
American Islamic College 

Friday, Apr. 22, 2022

12-1 p.m.


Empowered to Rise

This talk is where I share my personal story and discuss how acknowledging my identities changed the ways in which I engage in advocacy and clinical work. More specifically, I talk about connecting with people because of my personal experiences of difference. This personal growth reminds me that each individual we support has intersecting identities that must be considered in order to truly promote healing. My hope is that by the end of the talk, the audience begins to consider their identities and how this impacts their work. Above all, I want to make it clear that our stories have power and being vulnerable allows us to connect. It is crucial to empower those who feel silenced to share their whole truth.



José Rosario

Speaker, Author and Activist

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