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Students of Color Asked to Describe Isolation

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by Shelby Stevens

Director of the African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully Healthy Adolescents (AAKOMA) Project and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble gave a talk at the African, Latin, Asian and Native American (ALANA) Cultural Center entitled, “College, Stress and #Beychella” on Wednesday, April 18.

Breland-Noble began her talk by asking students to think of a time that they felt isolated on campus. Her lecture, primarily directed at students of color at Colgate, did not ask whether or not these students have ever felt isolated during their time at Colgate. Rather, it was simply assumed that all students have felt this way at one time or another. None of the students in the room refuted this feeling of isolation. And so, Breland-Noble asked students to tap into memory of isolation and put it on a metaphorical shelf.

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