From Julie Hikari Mebane in Intertext

As I listen intently to Dr. L’Pree, a professor at the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, speak on a panel, it does not cross my mind that her presence is revolutionary until she remarks, “I’ve never protested on the streets because I protest in the classroom every single day. Professors do not look like me.” She says this even though she exudes educator with every sentence she speaks. Weeks later, when I enter her office to better understand her experience as a professor and woman of color, I leave with a portrait of what a professor can be. As a college freshman, I find myself shrinking in classrooms and hesitating to even raise my hand. The thought of interviewing a professor brings a migration of butterflies to my stomach. I enter her office with an apology already formed on my lips: “Okay, sorry.”

I have prepared a list of questions to ask, but “Okay, sorry” ends up evoking the best response. Dr. L’Pree smoothly asks me, “What are you apologizing for?” I was in Dr. L’Pree’s office, but her presence makes it feel like a classroom, as she is already giving me bullet points to take note of. “First step, don’t apologize if you haven’t done anything wrong.”

Read More: Mebane, Julie Hikari (2017) “”Okay, Sorry,” with Dr. L’Pree,” Intertext: Vol. 25 : Iss. 1 , Article 7.  Available at: https://surface.syr.edu/intertext/vol25/iss1/7/

 

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