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.
Affinity Graduations 2019
Graduation is just around the corner, and we’re excited to celebrate our newest alumni and their hard work. Congratulations to the Class of 2019, and don’t forget to RSVP for your affinity graduations!
Gabby Rivera joined us to celebrate her joy, encourage us to find our own within our ancestors and stories, and gave us a glimpse into the inspirations for her writing.
Puppies, Books and the Revolution
Gabby Rivera (she/her) is a Bronx-born, queer Latinx writer…and our 2019 Women’s Week keynote! We asked a few personal questions to better understand Rivera’s philosophies and how she exercises them in her own life.
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.
Black History Month Matters
February is Black History Month, a time for individuals within the pan-African diaspora to express their talents and contributions on a large scale. For the Black Student Union (BSU), it’s a time of reflection.
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.
In the Direction of Diverse Student Advocacy
Tawanda Carson Owens is to become the new Executive Director for Diverse Student Advocacy, an advocate position for the students served and the programs offered by OED.
The writing’s on the wall
Art can be an incredibly powerful messaging tool when used properly. Ella Mendoza, an undocumented and queer multi-disciplinary artist, uses their art to advocate for social justice.
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.
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.”
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.
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