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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