Category: Parent & Community

44 - Melanin and Melancholy: A Journey Through Racial Identity and Deficit Thinking

Saturday, Nov 17
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Raising a dark-skinned child in the current climate can be trying. Research indicates darker-skinned children have more difficulty developing relationships and being accepted by their peers, and they are perceived to be less intelligent. Events shared by a mother of a gifted Black girl are shared, and suggestions for education and advocacy of gifted Black female students are discussed.


Michelle F. Trotman Scott

Associate Professor
University of West Georgia
Carrollton, Georgia

Dr. Michelle Frazier Trotman Scott is the COE - Director of Graduate Studies and an Associate Professor of Special Education at the University of West Georgia. Michelle has served as a superintendent of a charter middle school, and a director of a charter elementary school. She also taught and coached in the Columbus Public School System.

Dr. Frazier Trotman Scott’s research interests include the achievement gap, special education over-representation, gifted education under-representation, dual exceptionalities, creating culturally responsive classrooms, and increasing family involvement. Dr. Frazier Trotman Scott has conducted professional development workshops for urban school districts and has been invited to community dialogs about educational practices and reform. Michelle has written and co-authored several articles and has made numerous presentations at professional conferences. She is also the co-editor of five books and is on the editorial board for Multiple Voices Journal and the Education and Urban Society Journal. She has also served as the guest co-editor and reviewer for multiple journals and is an NAACP Image Award subcommittee member.

Dr. Frazier Trotman Scott is also the co-creator of an online, Facebook mentoring group called R.A.C.E. Mentoring, which was created by Dr. Frazier Trotman Scott and two of her colleagues to “…support, nurture, and advocate for Black and Hispanic doctoral students, junior/untenured faculty, and tenured faculty—too many of whom are under-represented in higher education.”