“There are so few other Black students & professors, (which was a concern coming in) that the community feels small and that can be super super lonely. CMU needs to do better at making the culture here for Black students better whether it be by uplifting SPIRIT and NSBE or getting more Black speakers. Support for us is there, but it's sparse and without action. It feels like CMU neglects us and has no genuine actionable responses to our needs.

Microaggressions exist everywhere. People are surprised when I speak up in class or have genuine thoughts. Often I feel discredited by professors or like they value my white peers' ideas more. In living spaces, I was alone & I'm not honestly sure how many other Black students lived in [my building] - it can be so, overwhelmingly, lonely.”

- Anonymous