Surviving and Thriving
Take a look at any heroic journey and you’re bound to find stories of struggle and pain. During this year’s Pride Week, we were reminded of this original foundation of Pride but also found hope within the stories of queeroes who joined us and who came before us. Check out this recap whenever you need help remembering the queero within you!
Intent vs. impact
National Hispanic Heritage Month is from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, and while the intent of heritage months may be thought of as celebratory recognition for communities within the U.S., many of our campus community members feel differently.
A beacon of equality
The 50th anniversary of Stonewall is this week! We interviewed this year’s Pride Week Co-chairs on the development of the LGBTQ+ rights movement and the many queer heroes, or queeroes, that have emerged throughout its progression.
Transform students presented an interactive activity on socio-legal, cultural, and ethnic studies perspectives surrounding immigration through presentations, written work, and visual display. An assignment for which the students hosted an oral and visual tour of their projects, entitled “Beyond Walls”.
The University of Utah 47th Annual Pow Wow will be held this weekend! This year’s theme “Indigenous Rising: Warriors in Leadership” celebrates recent electoral wins and provides inspiration and encouragement to younger generations.
A tradition of resilience
Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor graduating LGBTQIA+ students. At the U, we will be reaching a milestone by celebrating our 15th annual Lavender Graduation on campus!
Celebrating 50 Years of Ethnic Studies at the U
For the 50th Anniversary of Ethnic Studies, we interviewed Dr. Edmund Fong, our Chair of Ethnic Studies, to learn more about the development, current culture, and outlook of Ethnic Studies on a local and national scale.
Students have always been at the center of transforming higher education; making it more inclusive with every graduating class. The U will be opening its inaugural Black Cultural Center, which was spearheaded by student leaders.
Charlene Carruthers, 2019 MLK Week keynote, reminded us all that one individual cannot make or break a movement. It takes a collective, tackling an issue together to make it happen. Do you want to organize a movement? Ask yourself these five questions…
Día de los Muertos is not a “Mexican Halloween”
Despite the growing popularity of the festivities and their symbols, both within and outside of the U.S. Latinx community, few really know the meaning of the celebration.
What are we really celebrating?
Columbus Day – a day that honors Christopher Columbus and his arrival to the Americas in 1492 – romanticizes colonization while ignoring the existence and narrative of indigenous people.
Affinity celebrations are responses to historical and ongoing exclusion and marginalization, allowing students to celebrate their persistence and resistance through college with their family, friends, and peers.
Bystander intervention tips for spring break
While Spring Break is a time to take care of yourself, keep an eye out to help others as well.
Self-care: narcissistic or necessary?
Self-care is any deliberate act to take care of our mental, emotional, and/or physical health. In our own routines, we must consider where to draw the line in judging other’s efforts.
Ciriac Alvarez Valle
Documentation. The metric the United States government uses to determine a person’s rights within the U.S. Here is a story of a U alumna who has had first-hand experience.
Representation, mental health and “Black Panther.”
Black History Month and celebrations of Black life going forward should be mindful of the “intersections of our identities, so that ‘Black’ doesn’t just mean cis-het, Hollywood size, Christian, and able-bodied.”
Tampons are not a luxury. Period.
Toilet paper: essential, right? The U provides toilet paper in all the restrooms on campus, because it is a basic personal hygiene necessity. But what about the basic personal hygiene need for pads and tampons?
Pay it no mind.
Celebrating Black life means elevating the narratives of Black trans people, and we must start by saying the names of Black trans people who have prematurely lost their lives to institutional violence.
‘Let America Be America Again’ – Langston Hughes
As Black History Month approaches, Langton Hughes’ poem ‘Let America Be America Again’ encourages us to consider where we have been (from pre-colonization; to 1776; to 1936; to 2018).
Collisions and intersections
In higher education, we are beginning to discuss the intersection of social identities. However, we are far from constructively supporting intersectionality.
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