Like the poem? “Like” Rachel on facebook! https://www.facebook.com/rachelrostad Rachel Rostad of Macalester College, performing on finals stage at the 2013 C…
…to include in your letter to Fr. Sundborg and/or the Spectator:
President’s committee on diversity (long-term) – inclusive of students (with equal representation and decision-making power to staff and faculty) with demonstrated commitment to diversity
Attention to hiring faculty and staff of color
Curricular focus on diversity (interwoven throughout courses)
Ombudsperson that addresses staff and student concerns to complement the .4 FTE position that is focusing on faculty issues
Faculty training and ongoing process of evaluation and feedback on including diversity and social justice in the classroom, and with interactions with students
Clear steps for students to take when they encounter bias; having a Chief Executive of Diversity who will address diversity and campus climate issues (to hold faculty, staff, students, and administration accountable)
Center for Gender Justice (co-curricular, values-based center that is inclusive of intersectional identities – women, LGBTQ, genderqueer, class, race)
More resources and visibility for racial justice center (Center for Justice in Society)
Establishing Men of Color peer mentorship program supported by the entire institution
Diversity statement included on all syllabi
Create a cultural shift across all of campus (programs, student orientation, SGSU, general student body) to be committed to routine conversations and trainings on social justice and equity
Creation, expansion, and increased support of academic majors/degrees/programs of study such as Women and Gender Studies, Latin@ studies, African-American studies, Indigenous Studies, Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures,
Having a strategic plan with times, dates, and deadlines to actualize the recommendations of the Diversity Task Force reports
Expanding multicultural resources inclusive of OMA and beyond – create a task force of training
Anything YOU want to change on campus.
Sample Format for your letter (be creative!):
As a student at Seattle U, it is my demand to the administration that we as a community be more accountable and transparent in our commitment to social justice and diversity. All members of our community have the right to be included.
My demands are the following: ______, for these reasons: _______.
WHO: YOU! Student, Faculty, Staff, Seattle U community member!
WHAT: Letter to the Spectator for the “Community Forum” issue (300-400 words)
WHEN: Submissions due Saturday, April 6th! Email email@example.com.
Together we will challenge Seattle University to address systemic issues associated with privilege, oppression, and marginalization by engaging in courageous conversation. Today you have the opportunity to take further actions and amplify your voice!
STEPS TO TAKE:
Letter to the President of Seattle University. Today and tomorrow DEEP members will be tabling in Pigott and C-Street from 11:30am-1:00pm. They will provide paper and pens and will help deliver your messages. You can also send the letters yourself or drop them off at OMA in Student Center 320.
Letter to the Editor of the Spectator: E-mail your letter firstname.lastname@example.org by April 6th. You can also write your letter at the DEEP table today and/or send OMA your letter to be posted on our networks and sent to the editor if you wish. Learn more directly from the editor here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRHGuOo2_f8&feature=youtu.be
Tumblr: We will post your letters, your experiences, and upcoming event information on the OMA Tumblr at http://oma-seattleu.tumblr.com/. Email submissions for the Tumblr to email@example.com and re-blog our posts!
OppressionSUcks Facebook Group: DEEP created this group to process and coordinate some future steps to help improve the SU campus climate for marginalized and oppressed communities. https://www.facebook.com/groups/599191106776302/. In addition to the OppressionSUcks group, you can also stay up to date on upcoming events and discussions via the OMA Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/63086490638/?fref=ts
JOIN OMA FOR THE NEXT PLANNING MEETING:
On April 17th at 7:00pm in STCN 130, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Diversity and Equity Education Program (DEEP) will organize and hold space for you to lead the conversations about the SU community’s next steps and demands. It is vital that all members of the campus community are at the table to ensure that we do not leave each other behind in our movement forward. We will use this time to develop demands for the institution and structure committees that will be making the change happen on campus in ways that everyone can contribute.
Nor·mal·i·za·tion: a “colonization of the mind” whereby the oppressed subject comes to believe that the oppressor’s reality is the only “normal” reality…and that the oppression is a fact of life that must be coped with.
Those who engage in normalization either ignore this oppression, or accept it as the status quo that can be lived with.
In an attempt to whitewash its violations of international law and human rights, Israel attempts to re-brand itself or present itself as “normal” — even “enlightened” — through an intricate array of relations and activities encompassing hi-tech, cultural, legal, LGBT and other realms.
Normalization applies to relationships that convey a misleading or deceptive image of normalcy, symmetry, or parity despite a patently abnormal and asymmetric relationship of colonial oppression and apartheid.
By Joanna Huang, APIASF Scholar
During my freshman year in college, I experienced what true community meant. In response to the recent racial incidents and hate crimes surrounding the Compton Cookout events along with other subsequent incidents, students collaborated with one another,…
I don’t normally veer from the regular awkward programming here but I think this effort is especially important. People (students, staff, faculty) at Reed are not always merely awkward. Sometime they say or do things that are just plain not okay and this impacts the climate for many folks at Reed. And, sometimes Reed is a magical and beautiful world that shines like the morning sun during an Oregon winter. Regardless of your experience at Reed you MUST take this survey. The results of this survey are 100% confidential and will have a real impact on the growth and future of campus.
Take the survey. Fight the apathy. Add your voice. Be heard. Love Reed.
I’m reblogging this is something we need at seattle university.
Thanks, P H-B!
No one is free when others are oppressed
What do Atheists, LGBT, and Women all have in common?
So there has been some negative response to this post. Let me make something clear: I am in no way equating the oppression that atheists get to those of LGBT and women, but rather I am stating the simple fact that atheist are oppressed. Simple as that.
From first hand experience, I have been on the receiving end of discrimination and oppression more as an atheist than as a member of the LGBT community. That is not to say that every person has experienced it in the same way, but that is the way I have experienced it.
Furthermore, for those who doubt that there is really any true oppression of atheists, let me leave you with a link to an article and a quote:
How dare you take what I say spin it into something it didn’t say and attack the your misconstrued version of it. I did not equate the level of oppression as being equal nor did I compare the levels of oppression, but to discount the fact that all three groups have been oppressed historically and currently makes you ignorant of the realities of world.
The first time I learned that I was ‘oppressed’ was when I arrived as a freshman at Stanford University. University was the first time I met like-minded ‘activists’ and we began to organize around our collective ‘disempowerment.’ I learned how to construct a narrative of my own oppression – as a…