Insider-Out/Outsider-In: A White Woman's Reflections on Attending a Historically Black University


  • Melinda W. Pilkinton Mississippi State University


This narrative describes positive educational experiences of a white woman at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The author's particular experience of being an outsider or "the only one" is explored here. Points about differences in classroom settings, relationships with professors, and instructional characteristics of the HBCU as related to a Predominately White University (PWU) are discussed. Changes in the author's pedagogical approach to social work education are noted.


How to Cite

Pilkinton, M. W. (2014). Insider-Out/Outsider-In: A White Woman’s Reflections on Attending a Historically Black University. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 15(2), 84–89. Retrieved from



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