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Anti-Blackness at HSIs


From the episode:

"Anti-Blackness is both institutional and it shapes resources and organizations. But it's personal too, in that it's a felt experience often, and it's hard to describe but Black people understand it, I guess, is one way I might try to define anti- Blackness."

Dr. Whitney Pirtle (she/her)
Associate Profes
sor of Sociology University of California, Merced

Episode description

In the first episode of season 3 of ¿Qué pasa, HSIs? I talk to Dr. Whitney Pirtle, Associate Professor of Sociology and McArthur Foundation Chair in International Justice and Human Rights at the University of California, Merced, where she also directs the Sociology of Health and Equity (SHE) Lab. As a formative critical race scholar, her research explores issues relating to race, identity, inequality, health equity, and Black feminist praxis. Her latest work includes writing on Covid-19 pandemic inequities and institutional anti-Blackness. In this episode we talk about her experiences as 1 of 5 Black tenure track faculty members at an HSI and about how she stepped into research about anti-Blackness within HSI spaces. While Dr. Pirtle describes ways that we can acknowledge and disrupt anti-Blackness in HSIs, she also tells her story about how she has mentored Black students and protected them from anti-Blackness, while also thriving as a critical scholar and teacher who centers race and raced students in her classroom. In this episode Dr. Pirtle asks, “what’s good, HSIs?”

APA citation

Garcia, G.A. (Host). (2023, September 10). Anti-Blackness at HSIs. (No.301) [Audio podcast episode]. In ¿Qué pasa, HSIs?.

Show notes

Dr. Whitney Pirtle


Pirtle, W. N., Brock, B., Aldonza, N., Leke, K., & Edge, D. (2021). “I didn’t even know what anti-Blackness was until I got here:” The unmet needs of Black students at Hispanic-Serving Institutions. Urban Education. Online first


Pirtle, W. N. L. (2020). Racial capitalism: A fundamental cause of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic inequities in the United States. Health Education & Behavior, 47(4), 504-508.

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