Strategies for Thriving as a Student of Color in Newhouse

Navigating Newhouse as a student of color can present unique challenges, often requiring resilience, adaptability and a strategic approach to thrive amidst potential barriers. In institutions like Newhouse, where diversity may not always be as prominent, students of color can face feelings of isolation, imposter syndrome and cultural alienation. However, by implementing various strategies, fostering relationships and breaking down barriers, students of color can not only survive but also thrive in such environments. 

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Jalyss Agosto

First establishing a strong support network is essential. This can include seeking out mentors, peers and faculty members who understand and support the experiences of students of color. These individuals can offer guidance, validation and advocacy within the institution, helping to deal with feelings of isolation and providing valuable resources for academic and personal success. 

In addition, it’s crucial for students of color to actively engage with the broader community, both within and outside the institution. Participating in student organizations, affinity groups and cultural events that are within Newhouse can foster a sense of belonging and connection to one’s identity, while also providing opportunities for networking and professional development. Additionally, involvement in community outreach and advocacy efforts can empower students to address systemic inequities and effect positive change within their educational environment. 

Breaking down barriers in predominantly white spaces often requires proactive efforts to challenge stereotypes, biases and discriminatory practices. This can involve advocating for inclusive policies and representation, speaking out against microaggressions and discriminatory behavior and actively promoting diversity and equity initiatives within the institution. By amplifying marginalized voices and perspectives, students of color can contribute to creating a more inclusive and equitable environment for themselves and future generations. 

Building meaningful relationships across cultural and racial lines is also essential for fostering understanding, empathy and collaboration within Newhouse. This can involve initiating open and honest dialogue, actively listening to diverse perspectives, and seeking common ground based on shared values and experiences. By building bridges of empathy and solidarity, students of color can cultivate a sense of community and mutual support that transcends racial and cultural divides. 

In conclusion, while navigating Newhouse as a student of color can pose significant challenges, it is possible to thrive by implementing these strategic approaches, fostering relationships and advocating for equity and inclusion. It is also important to remember and know that you belong, to take up space and that you can succeed beyond measure. By establishing a strong support network, engaging with the broader community and building meaningful relationships, students of color can not only succeed academically but also contribute to creating more inclusive and equitable educational environments for all. 

Jalyss Agosto is a graduate student in the broadcast and digital journalism program at the Newhouse School.