Rethinking Workplace Diversity By Rethinking Educational Diversity

Rethinking Workplace Diversity By Rethinking Educational Diversity

Search for images of a "professor" on Google and this is what you'll find: a cornucopia of older white men standing authoritatively in front of a chalkboard.

This tired cliché has become the target of #ILookLikeaProfessor, a hashtag inviting professors who don't fit the stereotype to show the public that academics are a diverse bunch.

The callout has been a hit, particularly among women and people of color who say that they've been mistaken for students, custodians and even takeout delivery drivers.

"These are real posts from real people — real professors in diverse fields across the United States — who do not fit the stereotype of a 60-something, white male professor, usually in tie and tweed," said the hashtag's inventors in an essay for InsideHigherEd.com. "Extra credit if glasses and a beard came to mind."

READ MORE AT MASHABLE