“All the things Díaz describes, the lack of a supportive environment for students of color, the workshop as a space which reproduces “the dominant culture’s blind spots and assumptions about race and racism,” the tendency for people to erase matters of race (as if it’s passé at this point) in order to highlight matters of class, minority students retreating into their solitary “bolt holes”—even though these all might exist in, ultimately, unique cultural dynamics from program to program, I’d like to testify for UW and say that they exist here as well.”
An interesting article that rings true for many MFA programs. I have encountered several instances where diversity of a program has always come into question, whether looking around the room and finding myself the only person with my skin tone in the room or listening to the ways aspiring authors discuss the ways they should incorporate other races in their stories. This is a discussion we need to have in order for MFA programs to be more inclusive to other races not only in the student body but in the faculty as well. I am fortunate that I am enrolled in a program that is diverse in faculty but there is always room for improvement.
It’s one thing to discuss a problem and another to take action.