That was one part of the discussion at an event hosted by the Celebration of Black Womanhood on Wednesday.
About 20 students joined the conversation on “The Token Black Girl: Your Assumed Role at a PWI.” PWI stands for predominately white institution.
Freshman Jada Weathers said she went to a predominantly black high school in Greensboro where people did not believe she got into UNC at first.
“I’m going to UNC with your daughter. It’s OK. Don’t be upset. I think it’s the fact that people assumed that since I am from that part of the town, I got to go to (N.C. Agricultural & Technical State University), which is five minutes away. No,” Weathers said.
Senior Kiyah McDermid said black students all have a similar experience of being specifically asked about their thoughts on black history when the topic is touched in class.
“I just felt like that’s how you navigate UNC,” McDermid said. “We’re always kind of looked at to represent our race at all times, especially when you’re with somebody or a group of students that are not your own race or ethnicity.”
Freshman Trinity Johnson said she experienced some culture shock at UNC after she came out of a high school with a diverse mix of peers.