Behold the Dreamers

Behold the Dreamers

by

Imbolo Mbue

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Dean Flipkins Character Analysis

The associate dean of students at Borough of Manhattan Community College who nominates students for scholarships. He is a young white man “with a head of thick brown hair” and wears “geek-chic black-framed glasses.” Neni estimates that he’s around her age. He is racist and classist and tries to dissuade Neni from achieving her goal of becoming a pharmacist, thinking that it isn’t “achievable” for “students like [her].”
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Dean Flipkins Character Timeline in Behold the Dreamers

The timeline below shows where the character Dean Flipkins appears in Behold the Dreamers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 47
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...by a dean. She emails Jerry for the name and office number of the nominator, Dean Flipkins . (full context)
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...arrives to the dean’s office, she sees a young white guy wearing “geek-chic black-framed glasses.” Dean Flipkins tells her that he doesn’t nominate by request and that, though Neni has excellent grades,... (full context)
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Looking at his computer, Dean Flipkins notices that Neni plans to apply to pharmacy school after graduation and asks her why.... (full context)
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...Jende comes home from work that night, Neni tells him nothing about her conversation with Dean Flipkins , except that she probably won’t get any scholarships. He then wonders about the point... (full context)