Who we are
Founded in 2017, Exploring Race is an online magazine that is run by undergraduates at the University of Chicago.
What we do
We publish stories written by students of colour, about their day-to-day experiences with race on campus.
Why are we doing this?
UChicago must become more equitable and accessible for underrepresented students.
The university has been historically unwelcoming to minority groups. It was founded using money from a slave plantation, and has supported racially divisive initiatives on South Side Chicago. (Click here to read about UChicago’s history)
A recent survey showed that substantial numbers of minority students see UChicago’s campus as racist. They experience discrimination in ways that make it harder to fulfil coursework, to learn, and to be a student.
We want to uplift the voices of PoC students at UChicago. We hope to do so by making the day-to-day experiences of students of colour more transparent, by publishing pieces that narrate these personal encounters with race that occur on campus. Inso doing, we aspire to present these individual stories as a cohesive whole, and to thus show that negative experiences may be the result of traditional university practices, that ought to be reassessed.
In this way, we also hope to build a community of like-minded people and minority writers, and to situate ourselves as a bank of cultural knowledge for students at UChicago.