As a community college teacher of diverse students who went to an almost all-white women’s college, I think it is extremely important for things to change. From the ground up. Students need to have experiences in expression at all stages and levels. This is all about black-white, but the students at our school are many other ethnicities and cultures as well as “white” and African-American. African, for one. Persian, for another. Mexican-American (you are probably unaware but this term is preferred now — by Mexican-Americans). I often feel horrible when I send students on to four-year institutions, not knowing if they’ll have safe spaces, will be able to excel, etc. It’s everything “different” to the norm. I worry about them all. Sometimes I even wonder if I do them a favor encouraging them as I was encouraged by my many supportive, good teachers. Nobody really did me a favor by encouraging me to do what I have done.

According to Harlan Ellison and my grandmother, “You’ll go far Amy, because you have heart.” Author of 40 books, former exec., Nebula Award nominee, Poor.

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