My Responses On Social Media On Issues Relating To Racism

Statement: “We need more counselors who are culturally competent to help minority students in college campuses.

In essence, I disagree. Here is my response…

“Perhaps hiring more faculty of color in academic departments… more minority counselors… and having a committee dedicated to defending the well being of minority students and faculty, along with a diversity officer… Students (and faculty) would fell a bit better and welcomed perhaps needing less counseling due to perceived exclusion or aggression. With more minority faculty members in universities, a critical mass of minority professors composed of many ethnicities could start leading real change by offering training programs to train non-minority faculty and staff in minority related issues. Let’s delegate minority students to minority counselors. Colleagues who haven’t experienced what’s like to be called a monkey on a college campus or being called a “Sand N….” while pursuing a bachelors degree won’t have as much impact on the victim as someone who has that experience. Role modeling is necessary. There is room for idealism but we need much more pragmatism and action in my view, right now. As long as the system lacks ethnic diversity and representation in its core…. the problem will persist, I think. I’m from the position that is better to attack the route of the problem than to fix the consequences.”

Statement: On ways to eliminating structural racism.

My contribution to the discussion…

“There is no reason for a Primary Latino university in Florida (for example) to have zero to one Latino faculty members in communication departments when 50+ percent of the student body is composed of students of Latino descent. I argue for gender equality, as well. Having a female (or male) only Latino faculty isn’t good enough.”

Statement: After reading how much racism exists in primary white universities…

My contribution to the discussion… 

“I hear racist university complaints here, I hear racist university complaints there… I hear racist university complaints everywhere in primary white universities… Including in Christian institutions. My recommendation: Come study, encourage your siblings or send your kids to study in a HBCU. Send them to us… At Talladega College, we will treat you right.”

 

Author: Dr. Luis Camillo Almeida

Communication Arts professor who has taught over a thousand students in his career. By empathizing with his students, he advises them to think with no box and motivates them to have a successful college life. Through his multifaceted approach to traditional and new medias, his students have the opportunity to become better communicators. Dr. A has helped hundreds of young adults to truly discover who they are, what makes them tick and where their passions lie, in order to achieve long term success in life. He is a very productive college professor who can be found on a variety of social media outlets, public and academic sources, and even on merchandise showcasing his photographic art. Technology complements but doesn’t define him. Colleges house him but can’t hold him.