LaToya Brackett, a visiting assistant professor of African American Studies at the University of Puget Sound visited the University of Toronto in February as guest of KPE's Indigeneity, Diaspora, Equity and Anti-Racism in Sport (IDEAS) lab (photo courtesy of Hart House)

Brackett, who recently gave a talk about her experiences in academia at an event hosted by Hart House in partnership with the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education, says navigating between the two extremes requires both code switching – changing the way one talks depending on the audience – and “throwing shade,” which she says includes sharing inside jokes in spaces not traditionally welcome to Black women.

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