The Daily Northwestern

Closson: Having professors who look like us can be invaluable to students of color

Troy Closson, Opinion Editor

January 26, 2018

This is my fifth quarter on campus. And prior to this one, I only had two black professors during my time here. Within my journalism major, the number was zero. Thankfully, this winter been a little different. I’m only taking...

Srivastava: Conservatism must shift approach to social issues in the Trump era

Heena Srivastava, Op-Ed Contributor

January 9, 2018

It only takes a comparison of two political student groups’ Facebook pages to determine the ideological leaning of a college campus. On campus, College Republicans have less than half the number of page likes as College Democrats...

The Spectrum: Students of color shouldn’t be forced to feel obligated to always speak about their identities

Troy Closson, Opinion Editor

October 31, 2017

This essay is part of The Spectrum, a forum in our Opinion section for marginalized voices to share their perspectives. To submit a piece for The Spectrum or discuss story ideas, please email spectrum@dailynorthwestern.com. During Peer Adviser training this fall, as we practiced facilitatin...

Closson: Why we need people of color in the room

Troy Closson, Opinion Editor

October 10, 2017

I was talking with a friend this weekend when he showed me a Facebook post — a Dove ad depicting a black woman being replaced by a white woman seemingly as a result of using Dove body wash, appearing to illustrate her “becoming...