The associate professor of communications recounted in a troubling experience from her earliest days on campus and how it today inspires her to be a better teacher.
Associate Professor Naeemah Clark authored a recent column in the (Greensboro, N.C.) News & Record in which she tells the story of being called a racially derogatory name by three young people shortly after arriving at Elon University – and how that experience now shapes the lessons she teaches her students.
The column, “Lesson in purging racism on campus,” was published May 3, 2015.
From the column:
“Do I always have to weave in discussions of the intersectionality of race, gender and sexuality in every course I teach?
“Yes. Yes, I do.
“See, there is a responsibility that comes along with being a university professor. Not only do I believe it’s my job to teach my students about the communications industries, but to teach them to be responsible people in that profession.
“While there are moments of discomfort and hesitance, asking my students to recognize how their privilege creates opportunities to make change challenges me to be a better teacher and them better people.”
Clark has edited the book “African Americans in the History of U.S. Media,” co-authored the textbook “Diversity in US Media,” published work in Journalism History and American Behavioral Scientist, and has presented numerous papers at various conferences. She is interested in studying and teaching about economic, programming and diversity issues related to the media and entertainment industries.