University student reviews provide a place for anonymous racism: Is it time for universities to stop?

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An article recently published in a widely-read Australian news page, The Conversation, explored an episode of the Netflix series The Chair, in which a white female professor burns her student evaluations in an act of emancipation.
The author of The Conversation article, Pema Düddul, argued student evaluations are used as a way to anonymously discriminate, harass and facilitate hate speech and that the fictional professor, Joan Hambling, may be justified in burning her student survey responses. Hambling, as a female professor, battles sexism and ageism in the academy. But as Aboriginal academics, we still feel her whiteness gives her a privilege not afforded to our group.

For Aboriginal academics, student evaluations are a place where harmful and inappropriate racism can occur.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Social Lens: A Social Work Action Blog
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2021

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