In 2016, I packed up my car and did not drive it from New Jersey to Texas because I am a Black queer non-binary person with anxiety. When my silver Buick met me at my new apartment in Austin, I was excited for three years of graduate school with the shiny letters MFA promised to me at the end.

I knew my program at the University of Texas at Austin would be white. I knew I’d have to find friends outside of my Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities program, seek Black professors beyond my department, and adjust to…

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