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RACIAL ALIENATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION: The case of straight, white men. Most people who are not straight white men would probably smirk at the idea that straight white men feel alienated in the higher education workplace. Those who smirk, Sandra Miles said here at the annual conference of NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, are hindering meaningful discussion about race. Miles, whose dissertation on the professional experiences of black women in her field produced an unexpected sub-study about the alienation of straight white men, made this argument to a couple hundred people who turned up to hear more about her research. The ensuing debate was, unsurprisingly, somewhat contentious. A comment by one white graduate student toward the end of the session summed it up well.