WHITENESS AT ECKERD
Eckerd is a Predominantly White Institution
A "predominantly white institution" refers to both the demographic makeup of students, and the culture of the institution as a whole
The college has recently seen an influx of people of color in positions of authority, from the President's office to Global Education
While important and necessary for change, putting a select few people of color into authority positions isn't enough and could even erode our ability to see our whiteness fully
This is important to consider in the context of a school like Eckerd
It is essential to keep in mind that different identities provide us with different advantages and disadvantages. For example, being a cisgender male in the U.S. is an advantage since we live in a country founded on the suppression of women and we still have a gender wage gap. Suppose that the male-identifying person is also gay. In that case, he has some disadvantages imposed on him since many people in the U.S. are still homophobic, which leaks into their hiring and leasing practices. So, let us keep in mind that this intersection of identities which creates an imbalance of privilege between people is also very prevalent at Eckerd. This means there are all types of identities, including race, that can afford people with certain social advantages and disadvantages.It is also important to keep in mind that the experiences of people of color are diverse. Intersectionality at Eckerd means recognizing that gender identity, queer identity, race, ethnicity, class, and all identities are constantly at play with each other, creating many levels of privilege.
Student Demographics: A Visual of Whiteness on Campus**Sourced from Eckerd College
The Spring 2021 ECOS Debate and Election
Zooming OutEckerd is isolated from the St. Petersburg community. We've all heard about and experienced the "Eckerd bubble." It is important to remember that ur isolation is not an excuse to ignore the history of the city that we reside in. Learn more below.
A Racial History of Saint Petersburg
A Visual of Physical Segregation in St. Pete
The Land We Live On
Below are links to the official websites of the Seminole Tribe, Miccosukee Tribe, Muscogee Nation, and Choctaw Nation. They include rich information about the history, culture, and/or governmental structures of the Tribes:The Seminole Tribe of Florida's websiteMiccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida websiteThe Muscogee Nation of Florida website The Choctaw Nation website
Here is a timeline created by Pinellas County highlighting parts of history from 14,000 years ago to 1888:Pinellas county's account of the early history of the area
Here is a rich resource on St. Pete full of many links to written histories, audio clips, videos, and more:USF St. Pete's Research Guide