Buzz·Posted on Aug 11, 2015People Are Fighting Against Stereotypes In Academia With #ILookLikeAProfessorProfessors are not only white, middle-aged men.by Fiona RutherfordBuzzFeed News Reporter FacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink People are sharing their stories and selfies with the hashtag #ILookLikeAProfessor to fight back against the stereotype that professors are usually white, middle-aged men. Camika Royal @DrCamikaRoyal A colleague told me I look like a student. Nah, champ. #ilooklikeaprofessor. All 3 of us do.Because all 3 of us are. 12:03 PM - 08 Aug 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite Associate professors Adeline Koh and Sara Pritchard started the hashtag on 6 August. Adeline Koh @adelinekoh #ILookLikeAProfessor! Let's showcase how diverse the professoriate is! #DoesNotComeWithElbowPatches 02:44 PM - 06 Aug 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite They called on professors around the world to share their selfies and stories in order to showcase diversity within the professoriate. Rick Godden @RickGodden #ilooklikeaprofessor #medieval Yet still patronizingly told "Good for you" in response. 08:36 PM - 08 Aug 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite "#ILookLikeAProfessor is not meant to pour salve over the terrible conditions of academic labor today," Koh said in her blog. Carly Kocurek @sparklebliss At the summit of Arthur's Seat, and #ilooklikeaprofessor 05:06 PM - 06 Aug 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite "It simply is a rallying cry that bodies which are not-white, not-male, not-cis/het, not-abled, can and should be counted as bodies who also deserve respect within academia." The hashtag aims to call attention to persistent stereotypes and biases in academia. Dorothy Kim @dorothyk98 #ILookLikeAProfessor I WILL NEVER WEAR ELBOW PATCHES. Medieval literature. 04:16 PM - 06 Aug 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite "The first time I taught a large survey course many years ago, an undergrad asked me for 'my credentials' in front of the entire class,” Pritchard told BuzzFeed. Subini Annamma @SubiniAA @adelinekoh "Oh! Are you in the cleaning services? I just love how clean they keep my office!" #ILookLikeAProfessor 07:51 PM - 06 Aug 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite Some of the stories from the hashtag have included a female professor mistaken for an undergraduate, male teaching assistants assumed to be the professor, faculty members of colour assumed to be the custodian, and Asian professors assumed to be Chinese food delivery drivers. Historian Michelle Moravec played a key role in kick-starting the hashtag’s publicity. Michelle Moravec @ProfessMoravec #ilooklikeaprofessor proof positive - I'm with a graduate! I've taught history for twenty-two years. 09:43 PM - 06 Aug 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite "On one memorable occasion I recall being snapped at "the line is over there" by a harried staff member who thought I was jumping the student queue when I was simply trying to get to my faculty mail box," she told BuzzFeed. However, Moravec described the reaction to the hashtag as being “extremely positive”. Kate Owens @katemath #ILookLikeaProfessor; also I look like a mathematician & a mom. 12:04 AM - 07 Aug 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite "The best moment for me was when someone tweeted that the hashtag was giving her encouragement to persevere in graduate school," she said. Jonathan Hsy @JonathanHsy Yes, #ILookLikeAProfessor. #Medieval literature, translation, digital humanities, disability, queer theory. Peace. 02:14 AM - 08 Aug 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite "I personally would hope that people in higher education who have made comments about the appearances or identities of professors would be made more aware of the consequences those remarks have." Christina V. Cedillo @DrCCedillo #ILookLikeAProfessor Asst. prof of writing and rhetoric. Have taught women's studies, theory and histories of rhet. 03:22 PM - 06 Aug 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite "Even comments that may be meant as compliments, on the attractiveness or youthfulness of a professor, denigrate the professional standing of individuals, and for professors whose identities are already marginalized due to gender, ethnicity, ability, sexuality, the effects are amplified." Pritchard hopes that the hashtag will reduce the isolation and marginalisation many professors from historically underrepresented groups feel. Jonathan W. Gray @elmcitytree Not only do #ILookLikeAProfessor, so does my Auntie! 02:23 AM - 07 Aug 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite "There has been tremendous solidarity on the hashtag," she said. "I hope it continues."