FOR BLACK STUDENTS
AT PREDOMINANTLY WHITE COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
(A BLACK EXCEL Special Feature)
The founder of BLACK EXCEL thinks the book by Eugene Williams, Jr., THE "RAISIN-IN-MILK" SYNDROME: Ten Survival Tips For Black Students at Predominantly White Colleges & Universities, is a helpful guide.
Here are excerpts from the first 5 survival tips presented in the book:
(1) Get to know your teachers.
An excerpt from the second paragraph...
Extracurricular visits will allow you and your instructor to associate with one another on more than just a superficial level. On the first day of classes, find out what your professors' office hours are, and commit yourself to visiting each instructor at least once every two weeks. By doing so, you can discover such things as their opinions on their fields of expertise, their political and social views, their philosophies of life, and their recreational activities.... [F]amiliarity with your teacher can aid you in developing strategies for expressing your thoughts in ways that are non-threatening to his or her belief system. Since your instructors possess the mystic and potent "power of the red pen," it is imperative that you don't give them the desire to use it by taking them out of their comfort zones.
(2) Get good grades/study hard.
Obviously, good study habits are an integral part of anyone's academic achievements. However, for those of you brothers and sisters who refuse to indulge in the college politics that have been previously mentioned, I recommend intense, repeated, and productive study as your best and only option. Regardless of your skin color, social background, or personality type, the one thing that your professors can't dispute is your knowledge of the assigned material. Make every conceivable effort to achieve complete knowledge of the curriculum. Thorough and frequent reading, regular class attendance, competent tutoring, constant library visits, and study group participation are all effective ways if mastering the subject matter and depriving your professors of any valid reasons to penalize you.
(3) Get involved with campus-wide organizations.
Sample excerpts out of first two paragraphs...
Most colleges and universities have organizations that address every subject from the fine arts to the environment. The social and educational benefits of joining one or several of these groups are enormous. By doing so, you can broaden your spectrum of friends and acquaintances while participating in extracurricular activities that you enjoy. Furthermore, involvement in clubs and organizations will enhance your leadership and cooperative skills...
African-Americans in campus leadership positions, such as student government officers, are integral factors in the success of all Black collegians because they allow society to perceive young adults as competent, intelligent, trustworthy leaders who are capable of governing effectively over people of all colors and ethnicities...
(4) Get involved with Black organizations.
Sample paragraph and sentence...
As a Black student on a predominantly white campus, it is important for you to be involved with organizations that allow you to find refuge and solace with students of a race and culture that is identical to your own. Black Greek organizations and Black student unions are two viable alternatives that can be found on a significant number of predominantly white campuses. Black student organizations give Black students the opportunity to honestly and confidentially relate to one another without the fear of offending or alienating other ethnic groups.
Black Greek organizations potentially offer three elements that are crucial to the success of young African-American adults-bonding, business skills, and networking capabilities...
(5) Observe students of other minority groups.
Sample first paragraph...
It never ceases to amaze me how foreign scholars have been able to establish themselves as technological, economic and educational forces after being in this country for such a short time. Tragically enough, even though Black people have inhabited America for hundreds of years, we are still at the bottom of America's socioeconomic "totem pole" in many respects. If you want to know their secret, pick an Asian, Indian, African, or Middle Eastern acquaintance and observe him or her closely for about a week. Their industriousness, motivation, and enthusiasm might just rub off on you.
For extra details and information (ordering the book or speaking engagements), the author of "Raisin-In-Milk" Syndrome, Eugene Williams, Jr., can be reached at:
Comptex Associates, Inc.
P.O Box 6745
Washington, D.C. 20020
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