After Graduating from Middlebury in ‘08, Morgane Richardson founded Refuse the Silence, a site dedicated to telling the stories of women of color at elite liberal-arts colleges (see post). The organization’s larger objective is to help administrations better address all students’ needs—or, if college officials don’t listen, the site aims to provide some support on its own through the sharing of experiences and stories.
A number of Middlebury students, including Richardson and Alana Jenkins ’12, write for Refuse the Silence. A couple of other MiddKids are also featured in video interviews on the site, whose coverage has begun to spread to more students at more colleges (still mostly in New England). In her interview, Dee Lopez ‘11 says the single best way to address the needs of women of color at elite universities is to “listen.” So, let’s listen to her:
Refuse the Silence posted another interview on the 21st, with Mukui Mbindyo ’11. It’s interesting to compare their perspectives.