We can’t deny the systemic racism that persists in today’s universities: Bahia

July 5, 2019

“Systemic racism is in the very foundations of universities; its influence is insidious and persistent,” writes Carleton University PhD student Jasmeet Bahia. The author begins by describing the experience of being a master’s student in British Columbia, during which time they found that for all the prejudice they experienced, the bias encountered in the university setting was “most exhausting.” This experience included constant insinuations that the author’s research was too race-oriented and that they were biased toward certain subjects due to their race. The challenges of navigating the university’s systemic racism can feel overwhelming, Bahia concludes, yet for all the difficulty of this experience, they find that “academia is exactly where my brown skin needs to be.” University Affairs (National)