People Are Fighting This Stereotype In Academia And Their Stories Are Cringe-Worthy

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If the first thought that comes to your mind when you hear the word professor is a middle-aged white guy, then you're not alone. 

If you Google image search "professor," you'll be flooded with images of guys with that exact description. Sure, some professors do fit that description, but this stereotype is not representative of what all professors look like.


That's why Associate Professors Adeline Koh and Sara Pritchard started the hashtag #ILookLikeAProfessor.

They started the hashtag in wake of another trending hashtag that was busting work place stereotypes: #ILookLikeAnEngineer

Both hashtags were flooded with stories that called out harmful stereotypes and biases in academia that revolve around race, gender, sexuality and age. 

These campaigns are so important because they challenge stereotypes many people may not even realize they perpetuate.

Chances are, you didn't realize you automatically imagine an older white man when you hear the word "professor." This stereotype can be both frustrating and harmful for the people they directly effect. 

Here are some of their stories:

(H/T: BuzzFeed

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