What are we really celebrating? Problematizing Columbus Day and recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Columbus Day – a day that honors Christopher Columbus and his arrival to the Americas in 1492. A federal holiday established for people to express their patriotism with parades, fairs, costumes and for some, even a day off from work. But what are we really celebrating? In the US, Americans are taught to idolize colonizers […]
In the Direction of Diverse Student Advocacy
The University of Utah Office for Equity and Diversity hired Tawanda Carson Owens to become the new Executive Director for Diverse Student Advocacy, a position that will advocate for the students served and the programs offered by the Office for Equity and Diversity. Owens will provide a continuous communication link between students and University leadership […]
The writing’s on the wall
Art can be an incredibly powerful messaging tool when used properly. Here is one such story of Ella Mendoza, an undocumented and queer multi-disciplinary artist, who uses their art to advocate for social justice. Mendoza was born in Lima, Peru and immigrated to the United States when they were 12 years old. Mendoza’s mother, wanting […]
Claiming space: affinity graduation celebrations at the U
The University of Utah’s interim director for the LGBT Resource Center, Gabriella Blanchard, explains, “The first Lavender Graduation happened over 20 years ago at the University of Michigan. It was intended as a complement, not a replacement, of larger graduation ceremonies.” Lavender graduation started in 1995 after Ronni Sanlo, a Jewish Lesbian, was denied attendance […]
2018 Graduate Spotlights
CINDY GIANG Vietnamese American Student Association Cindy Giang (she/her/hers) is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Urban Ecology. Giang has been involved with the Asian American Student Association (AASA), Southwest Union Vietnamese Student Association (SWUVSA), and the Vietnamese American Student Association (VASA) during her time at the University of Utah. She has been extensively […]
Pow Wow etiquette, come participate and learn…respectfully.
The Inter-Tribal Student Association (ITSA) is pleased to announce its 46th Annual University of Utah’s Pow Wow, on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7, 2018 in the Union Ballroom. This year the committee decided to create awareness around the widespread problem facing women in our community, with the theme “In Honor of Missing & […]
Bystander intervention tips for spring break
Situation 1: An acquaintance is being too insistent on buying your friend a drink. The acquaintance keeps popping up around your friend while at the bar, leaving the bathroom, and on the dance floor. Bystander Intervention Tip: According state and federal law, sexual assault can take many forms including Sexual or Gender-Based Harassment, Intimate Partner […]
Self-care: narcissistic or necessary?
In the last few years, Twitter has been a frequent platform for the ‘millennial vs. baby boomer’ debate, which has often captured perceptions that one group is more entitled than the other. In these debates, millennial’s self-care and lifestyles are interpreted as indulgent compared to baby boomers. For example, in 2017, Time Magazine featured an […]
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. Ciriac Alvarez Valle was born in Mexico and was five when she immigrated to Utah for better opportunities with her family. “I remember the kind of […]
Standing against bigotry and discrimination, Irene Ota’s passion and work centers around raising awareness of privilege and oppression. But it was her life experiences that lead her to her passion. Ota was born in Japan, seven years after the Second World War. Her family moved to the United States when she was nine months old. […]
On Resilience: “We are powerful because we have survived, and that is what it is all about- survival and growth.” – Audre Lorde
The word feminism is sometimes treated as a dirty word. When people claim to be feminists, they are often met with a roll of the eyes, and sometimes altogether dismissed. This is in part due to a misunderstanding of what the word feminism actually means. What does feminism mean? There is no single definition of […]
Representation, mental health and “Black Panther.” Q&A with Nick Gaines.
Nickolas Gaines is a veteran, national speaker, and mental health practitioner with a decade-long career providing spiritual and clinical care. In addition to holding graduate degrees from Moody Theological Seminary and Tennessee Temple University, Gaines hosts the “Black on Black” Time podcast and works as a content creator for REVRY network. Being a father of […]
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 […]