Only Black in office. Very Isolating

Ursie Bankhead,
Buffalo, NY.

I have a PhD, have studied race issues. And still struggle in my workplace. Mostly within my own department. I have support from several friends of various races/ethnicities/backgrounds, etc. But, it is difficult at times being “the only” and to experience microinvalidations during staff meetings or to end up in a “conversation” later. Minority staff routinely leave my department (as well as others!). It is quite isolating– at times frustrating. And VERY sad that the “leaders” cannot understand their own biases or privelege.

 

Only Black in office. Very Isolating

Ursie Bankhead,
Buffalo, NY.

I have a PhD, have studied race issues. And still struggle in my workplace. Mostly within my own department. I have support from several friends of various races/ethnicities/backgrounds, etc. But, it is difficult at times being “the only” and to experience microinvalidations during staff meetings or to end up in a “conversation” later. Minority staff routinely leave my department (as well as others!). It is quite isolating– at times frustrating. And VERY sad that the “leaders” cannot understand their own biases or privelege.

Only Black in office. Very Isolating

Ursie Bankhead,
Buffalo, NY.

I have a PhD, have studied race issues. And still struggle in my workplace. Mostly within my own department. I have support from several friends of various races/ethnicities/backgrounds, etc. But, it is difficult at times being “the only” and to experience microinvalidations during staff meetings or to end up in a “conversation” later. Minority staff routinely leave my department (as well as others!). It is quite isolating– at times frustrating. And VERY sad that the “leaders” cannot understand their own biases or privelege.

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