An Associate Dean called me aggressive, complained about my tone and harassed me for refusing to cooperate when a group of students called out the institution for it's practices of tokenism.
I was then excluded from events. The same person went and told my professors and supervisors that I was untrustworthy and unethical because I compiled a document from one of our meetings of the statements and positions the leadership of my college made about diversity being "diversity of thought" -- which is another way of saying ‘we don't see color.’

I have a series of emails, text messages and documentations recording the harassment I received for 6 months straight until I graduated. I was also not even considered for a job I applied for and was qualified for nor did I receive a rejection. My diploma was withheld from me for 7 months even thought I had no outstanding bills, I completed all my classes, and passed. A white professor brought the diploma situation up to Provost Jim Garrett and within one day I was able to retrieve it. I was told that my address was wrong even though I provided it 4 separate times and when I picked up the diploma, the person stated the address being the issue. I asked him to check what address they had on file, and it was the correct one.

There are a series of events, that continue until today, that explicitly will exclude me from any involvement even though I am an alumni because I am black, and I called out the institution for its racist, color-blind, and tokenistic practices. I am not the only black student who has experienced the same treatment from my college. I know of more than a handful who have stood up to the Dean and Associate Deans and have been silenced, harassed, targeted, and still do when they speak online negatively about the college and university.

-Fatima Bunafoor, former Heinz college student