Date of Award

Spring 2021

Degree Type

Capstone - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Audrey Falk

Second Advisor

Melissa Nemon


Higher education is often fondly described as the great equalizer. Society has ingrained the idea that if one is able to get to college and earn their degree, they can pave better outcomes for themselves post-graduation. While that may be true for some, this notion oversimplifies how challenging the college experience is, particularly for students of color and other marginalized backgrounds. This project examined how the burden students of color bear of battling racism in its every-day forms on top of their student responsibilities undermines their success. A two-hour workshop was held which endeavored to familiarize participants with antiracism education, potential resources to engage with, and provide space for participants to brainstorm ideas on how to integrate antiracism into their work and everyday lives. The workshop featured a panel discussion on antiracism resources and small group discussion groups where attendees analyze resources and brainstormed action steps. Findings suggested that use of resources in tandem with hearing the experiences of others was a useful tool for recognizing the value of antiracism education in their lives. By allowing participants to identify individual efforts they can make toward the greater cause; this project highlights how oppressive institutional cultures can begin to shift.