“Life Stories of Middlebury College” is a multi-phase initiative intended to gather people’s experiences while at the college, particularly reflections that highlight issues of diversity.  In her interview, Barbara Ofosu-Somuah describes her life journey from Ghana, where she lived until she was nine, through her arrival in Middlebury as a member of Posse, and her discomfort with the sometimes circular assumptions from other Middlebury students that if you are black and a Posse scholar, then you are poor, not, if you are a Posse scholar, you are a leader. She also felt that as a black woman, she was an object of interest and at times her body was not her own, and in particular her hair was an object of interest. The ultimate question is, what does it mean to be a student of color at Middlebury?

Barbara Ofosu-Somuah

Middlebury Posse Scholar 2011

Watson fellow, 2013-2014

Will Nash

Professor of American Studies and English and American Literatures, Faculty co-Head, Wonnacott Commons


Interview Transcript



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