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.
Building an educational bridge
Strong community, resilient history and vibrant traditions are key elements of the Pacific Islands culture. These same elements are the foundation of the Pacific Islands Studies initiative — and a new $600,000 grant.
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.
Parallels of the White Rose Resistance
Dr. Jud Newborn, our 2018 U Remembers keynote, draws lessons and parallels from resistance during the time of the Holocaust and the resistance in today’s current events.
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.
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.
2018 Graduate Spotlights
We’ve highlighted a few of our students that are graduating this year! Learn more about them and what advice they have as they reflect on their university experience.
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.
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.
“We are powerful because we have survived, and that is what it is all about- survival and growth.” – Audre Lorde
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.
Education—an important value to many. But for Kiman Kaur, education has become the most vital piece to her life and to her family.
‘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).
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