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UNDERLYING EXPECTATIONS

made and apologize. White colleagues
also should understand that there are
moments when professionals of color
want time and space to connect with
other professionals of color without
judgement or comments about wanting
to be included. When professionals of
color are eating lunch or hanging out,
allow them to have their space.
White supervisors have a direct
responsibility to support and advocate
for their supervisees, including
professionals of color. Being a support
system includes taking the time and
genuinely making the effort to listen
more and develop trust in authentic
ways of interacting with supervisees of
color. Listen more when professionals
of color say that something is
problematic, and believe and affirm
their concerns. Also, be cognizant
that asking professionals of color to
show up authentically means being
prepared and supportive when they
do. Supervisors must be aware of the
racial dynamics on staff teams and be
willing to hire those who will challenge
the status quo of their departments.
As one professional of color shared,
supervisors must understand that
"many professionals of color are used
to living in a world where their life has
been impacted by people's reactions to
their race. It's likely they aren't seeing

a particular situation in a racialized
way; they likely view life in a racialized
way because they are socialized to do
so for their own safety and sanity."
Supervisors must be able to "anticipate
and accept that, as a supervisor, it's not
only about you, it's about a whole-lived
experience that started before you and
will continue after you. You don't get
over having a marginalized identity,
no matter how great the place or the
supervisor is."
As professionals of color work
through the implications of these
experiences, it is important that they
know themselves and advocate for
the support they need. Being
in predominantly white spaces can
be exhausting, so they must protect
themselves from the things that are
toxic and influence their ability
to do great work. Additionally, though
it is something not often discussed,
it can be healthy to seek therapy
or counseling. Campus employee
assistance programs can assist in
finding a therapist or counselor
through the insurance provider.
Professionals of color should also
find a community and a genuine
support system within their office or
department. That support system does
not have to share all identities, but it
must support those identities. 

Don't miss the special
supplement to this issue
of Talking Stick focusing
on professionals of
color and the work
they do to support
diversifying campuses.
Print copies are
included with this issue,
and the supplement is
available online at
www.acuho-i.org.

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Jasmine P. Clay is the director of residence
education for undergraduate housing at the
University of Michigan.
 jpclay@umich.edu
Trebby L. Ellington is a hall director at the
University of Michigan.
 tellingt@umich.edu

 READ ON
Jeff Chang, We Gon' Be Alright:
Notes on Race and Resegregation
(2016).
Nancy Leong, "Racial Capitalism,"
Harvard Law Review (June 2013).
George Lipsitz, "The Possessive
Investment in Whiteness: Racialized
Social Democracy and the 'White'
Problem in American Studies,"
American Quarterly (September
1995).
George Lipsitz, The Possessive
Investment in Whiteness: How
White People Profit from Identity
Politics (2006).
A.T. McWilliams, "Sorry to
Bother You, Black Americans
and the Power and Peril of Code
Switching," The Guardian (July 25,
2018).
Tema Okun, "White Supremacy
Culture" in Kenneth Jones and
Tema Okun's Dismantling Racism:
A Workbook for Social Change
Groups (2001).
Carmen Rios, "You Call It
Professionalism; I Call It Oppression
in a Three-Piece Suit," Everyday
Feminism (February 15, 2015).
Derald Wing Sue, "Racial
Microaggressions in Everyday Life,"
American Psychologist (May-June
2007).
Derald Wing Sue,
"Microaggressions: More Than
Just Race," Psychology Today
(November 12, 2010).


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Vision
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