It’s Pride Week at the U! In the spirit of this year’s theme, “Queeroes: Reclaiming Hero”, we are spotlighting some exceptional “queeroes” who share their personal queer heroes and offer advice for living as your true self.
Tardigrades, radio and geeking out
Meet Meligha Garfield (he/him), our inaugural Director for the Black Cultural Center! He just started this month, and we asked some personal and whimsical questions to get to know him a little better.
2019 Graduate Spotlights
There are some exceptional students graduating this year, so we had to spotlight them! Check out their U experiences/accomplishments and what words of advice they give to current and future students.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
A director, a student, an activist. Lilly Kanishka’s experiences and passion for social justice has become the driving force for her involvement in student organizations.
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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