1 hr 3 min

Data Series: How does the use of data in Higher Education reinforce white supremacy? with Libby Smith Collective Power Podcast

    • Society & Culture

In this episode, we discuss how higher education reinforces white supremacy by design. We highlight the data that exposes these contradictions. In particular, we talk about three ways higher education enforces white supremacy: 1) Quality of life for millennials will not higher than parents' generations; 2) There is a gap between white students and students of color and no meaningful attempts really close that gap; and 3) Data are often collected as a diversion.


 Our guest, Libby Smith (she/they) is an organizational healing facilitator, as an experienced and holistic evaluator and educator who has worked for several years in higher education. She excels at the human component of evaluation and organizational change. Never one to shy away from crucial conversations, Libby deftly balances accountability and compassion. Their work focuses on building equity and  accessibility through personal growth & embodiment practices. Libby has an MS in Applied Psychology and serves as Program Director for the MS Applied Psychology program at her alma mater where she provides guidance and professional development to emerging evaluators. She supports individuals and organizations in navigating hard conversations that will lead them towards transformative change. She has been practicing breathwork since 2018, and politicized somatics since 2020; using both in service of clients realizing their purpose, finding their worth, and building human connection.

Resources mentioned on the show:
You can contact libby through her website.
You can check out her podcast Radical (Re)Imagining here.

Apologies for the audio gaps and delays. Show recorded inside of fallacies of a spotty internet connection.

Recorded on January 11, 2022; aired on  January 14, 2022.
Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/posts/35274155)

In this episode, we discuss how higher education reinforces white supremacy by design. We highlight the data that exposes these contradictions. In particular, we talk about three ways higher education enforces white supremacy: 1) Quality of life for millennials will not higher than parents' generations; 2) There is a gap between white students and students of color and no meaningful attempts really close that gap; and 3) Data are often collected as a diversion.


 Our guest, Libby Smith (she/they) is an organizational healing facilitator, as an experienced and holistic evaluator and educator who has worked for several years in higher education. She excels at the human component of evaluation and organizational change. Never one to shy away from crucial conversations, Libby deftly balances accountability and compassion. Their work focuses on building equity and  accessibility through personal growth & embodiment practices. Libby has an MS in Applied Psychology and serves as Program Director for the MS Applied Psychology program at her alma mater where she provides guidance and professional development to emerging evaluators. She supports individuals and organizations in navigating hard conversations that will lead them towards transformative change. She has been practicing breathwork since 2018, and politicized somatics since 2020; using both in service of clients realizing their purpose, finding their worth, and building human connection.

Resources mentioned on the show:
You can contact libby through her website.
You can check out her podcast Radical (Re)Imagining here.

Apologies for the audio gaps and delays. Show recorded inside of fallacies of a spotty internet connection.

Recorded on January 11, 2022; aired on  January 14, 2022.
Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/posts/35274155)

1 hr 3 min

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