- For Malcom Davis ’21, finding a college that had faculty of color or students of color— “some way to fit in,” he says—was important.
- He found that at Grinnell: “some very special people … have really helped me form my identity and show me that this is a place for me; this is where I’m supposed to be,” he says.
A Place of Acceptance
When I was looking for a school, I was looking for a place that either had faculty of color, or had students of color or someplace I could fit in like that. I think I did find that in Grinnell, although there aren't isn't an overwhelming list of faculty of color to choose from, I did find some very special people who really helped me form my identity. And show me that this is a place for me, this is where I'm supposed to be. For me, the most special thing about Grinnell so far has been the opportunity to give to people of marginalized identities to create and to manifest their ideas and their content, I suppose, and in a way that really can't be done anywhere else. You know, I was talking about my first leader production was last year, in a [INAUDIBLE] production of the Royale and that really was a piece in which the director You know, he went and he saw the play in Europe and you know, he's a black man and he said, you know, Grinnell hasn't created a all black play. Yes, for a very long time, at least, you know, our play wasn't all black with a majority black cast is a very rare thing to find at any institution. So I was very, you know, excited to take part in that very special thing and I think that that speaks to me as well so I can see what I can do in the future. I can see what hasn't been done. The can be done here for people who are like me, and it's not something you can find everywhere.
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