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After finding a passion for literature that highlights issues of racial identity, Derek Adams, assistant professor in the Department of English strives to create a safe space for students of color in his own classroom at Ithaca College.

Ithaca College professor provides safe space for students of color

By Ana Borruto, Staff Writer April 3, 2016
Sitting on Derek Adams’ desk in the Muller Faculty Center is a copy of Percival Everett’s novel “I Am Not Sidney Poitier,” a story about a character who is consistently mistaken for Academy Award–winning actor Sidney Poitier. The character decides to travel the U.S. and discover who he is so people will stop labelling him as someone he is not.
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