Dr. Hatemi claims that once he decided to speak up about what he believed to be discrimination, he was labeled as a trouble maker. He suddenly noticed a decline in his annual reviews and found himself being chastised by those who felt that he needed to keep his mouth shut. But in spite of the backlash, Dr. Hatemi has continued his fight, even after graduation, challenging the medical school to release records on the numbers of minorities students admitted and retained, especially African Americans.
Dr. Hatemi says that the university is fighting him every step of the way, refusing to release critical information that would publicize its track record when it comes to African American students. According to Dr. Hatemi, this is part of the smoking gun which proves that the university has something to hide. He has gotten the support of the NAACP on the matter, as well as many prominent individuals in the state of Kentucky and across the nation. He is determined to continue the fight and won’t give up until justice is served.
In a state that has an undenial history of racism and serious problems in the recruitment and retention of minority faculty and students, Dr. Hatemi’s work is fresh air for those who’ve grown weary of seeing themselves excluded from opportunity.
An interview with Dr. Hatemi is below: