So, one of the colleges where I work is a bit financially disadvantaged compared to other colleges that have students living on campus. It is also an HBCU (Historically Black College/University). This, in my mind, seems appropriate, as, in the USA, I feel minorities get less resources in general, so of course the HBCU would be run-down.
Some students here can be food insecure, and Dave and I packed up a big bag of noodles and the like for a student a week or so ago. Some students have trouble adjusting to a world where all they are supposed to do is concentrate on their own success and growth. Many have been trying hard just to make it to adulthood, or helping other family members or friends with all their personal resources, including scholarship money. Everyone they know has a sad story about why they need some of the student’s scholarship money. Focus on school work is not always easy.
Add to that the real truth that many of the facilities are run-down and in disrepair.
In contrast, at University of Delaware, a PWI (predominately white institution) I taught in one building that had over 300 classrooms, and each classroom had over 50 brand-spanking-new chairs, and each of those chairs cost 600 dollars (per chair!).
I know because I looked them up because they were sooooo cool I wanted to get one. Ha! Not in this lifetime….
Imagine the wealth there. Do the math. Think inequality has been fixed? Count the damn chairs.
So, in my own small way, I try to help uplift my students and the school.
This semester we adorned our tired room with handmade inspirational posters (and Sophie even added two one day when she didn’t have to go to school, but I still did!):
stickers from Dollar Tree (my daughter’s favorite place on earth people!):
and two clocks!
I bought a clock originally that was a standard kitchen type of clock, and it fell off the wall and broke.
Today I installed this baby:
I defy the powers that be to try to stop THAT clock!
But, as you can see, directly under it is a computer that cannot be used because the desk is broken. *sigh*
The last thing I did today, before leaving for spring break, was start an in-room library.
Wanna donate a book? It cannot be beat-up, and it must be something you, yourself, enjoyed reading. Don’t give me A Brief History of Time because you couldn’t get through it. Give me books that brought you joy, escape, entertainment!
Happy spring everyone! She is almost here, in all her color and warmth!