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COLLEGE DAZE: Podcast as a Platform for Black Students Stories on PWIs

LISTEN TO FIRST EPISODE HERE

College Daze is a podcast that showcases true college experiences from the perspectives of Black students from all over especially those that attend PWIs (Predominantly white institutions). Topics discussed on the podcast range from dating, to parties, to cram sessions, and anything that happens on campus.To gather these stories, I made a post on Facebook to gather volunteers to interview for each episode. I ask them to recount the story in great detail so I can add as much sensory sounds in the editing process. As for the different people spoken of in the story, I get a few friends to portray them.

The term culture shock did not hit me until I stepped foot on my college campus (University of Wisconsin-Madison) freshmen year. I literally traveled across the country from a suburb in Georgia where I went to a school that was 78% Black out of 1,700 students to Wisconsin where it’s only 2% Black out of over 40,000 students. In high school, I witnessed a lot of my peers worry about other people’s perception of them. The biggest worries were what kind of close you wore or not seeming to be uncool. Now that I attend a PWI, I am continuously is spaces where I am not judged on thing as minuscule as such but I am judged on my race.

In an institution that is supposed to prepare me for my career, I along with majority of the Black students on campus face covert and overt forms of racism on a daily basis from the questioning of your intelligence to the constant asking to explain Black culture and what is right or wrong to say as if we were teachers ourselves. This is why I wanted to create this podcast. I wanted Black students to know that no matter where we are, we share the same stories. It is hard to exist in a system that was not meant for us but our resilience keeps us a float. We are here and we deserve to be.

As this continues from episode to episode, I would love to bring new elements to the podcast like a talk show or I’m even open to a scripted series because I want this to be a platform for Black students to connect with as a safe space created for us and by us. I am currently looking for more people to interview for the podcast so if you have any stories that you want to share, you can contact me by email at: dequadrayw@gmail.com.

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