Tampons are not a luxury. Period.
Toilet paper: essential, right? Can you imagine having to bring your own toilet paper to campus? What if one day you forgot to bring your roll of toilet paper and you had to go really bad? Lucky for all of us, the University of Utah provides toilet paper in all the restrooms on campus, because […]
Pay it no mind. Ignoring Transphobia and anti-Blackness.
A Look Back. The story of Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson is bitter-sweet, and probably for this very reason needs to be told again and again. Johnson (1945-1992) was a Black gay rights activist and NYC drag queen. She was one of the brave activists who incited the Stonewall Riot of 1969. The Stonewall […]
Education—an important value to many. But for Kiman Kaur, education has become the most vital piece to her life and to her family. Within education lies personal growth, opportunities, and change. It was at a very young age when Kaur’s parents stressed the importance of education and how it is the one thing that cannot […]
A director, a student, an activist. Lilly Kanishka was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is a first-generation university student. Her parents are refugees from Afghanistan who came to the United States 30 years ago. While growing up and attending predominantly white schools, she remembers the prevalence of Islamophobia especially after the […]
‘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). Hughes graced us with an expansive repertoire of poetry, among many other forms of literature (novels; plays). Literature was often the mode of his social activism-celebrating […]
Environmental racism: what is it? and why does it matter?
Environmental racism. You might have heard the term in a documentary, through social media or on the news. Whether you know very little about the subject or are an active member of an environmental justice organization, it is an important concept to understand. Environmental racism has been a trending topic since the early ‘50s and […]
Spotlight: Kathryn Kay Coquemont
India Arie’s “I Am Not My Hair” is a symbolic anthem communicating that people (particularly those from the Black/African American community) are more than the social identities we use as labels. She sings, “I am not my hair / I am not this skin / I am not your expectations, no / I am not […]