“We Want Black Students, Just Not You” How White Admissions Counselors Screen Black Prospective Students
“We Want Black Students, Just Not You”
How White Admissions Counselors Screen Black Prospective Students
Tuesday, Oct. 13
4 p.m. PST
Dr. Ted Thornhill
Florida Gulf Coast University
Most historically and predominantly white institutions (HPWIs) now desire some number of Black students on their campuses. However, theoretical scholarship suggests that HPWIs’ desire for and willingness to embrace Black students is predicated on their racial palatability. Professor Thornhill will discuss his recent study which found that white admissions counselors are more responsive to deracialized and racially apolitical Black students than they are to those who reveal a commitment to antiracism and racial justice (e.g., the Black Lives Matter movement). He will conclude by considering what his findings mean for not only college admissions and higher education, but the practices of white-administered organizations more broadly.