Title

“Trying to Act like Racism Is Not There”: Women of Color at a Predominantly White Women’s College Challenging Dominant Ideologies by Exposing Racial Microaggressions

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

9-2-2017

Abstract

A qualitative case study with 18 Women of Color at a predominantly White women’s college yielded counter-narratives about racial microaggressions that challenged dominant ideologies of colorblindness, meritocracy, and equal opportunity in education. Their experiences with racial microaggressions also contrast with majoritarian narratives (i.e., oppressive narratives constructed and “normalized” by individuals with power) found in the higher education literature and college marketing materials that suggest women’s colleges are welcoming and empowering spaces for all students.

Publication Title

NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education

Volume

10

Issue

3

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