Apr. 27, 2011 by Renee Johnson-Thornton
On Tuesday, April 26, 2011, Abraham Bobman and Meggie Mcguire aired an episode on their show “Horizontal Power Hour” on WESU featuring an interview with Robin D. G. Kelley, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Kelley discussed black transformational politics and the radical imagination with collective member Kehaulani Kauanui.
4:4:55pm EST on WESU, Middletown, CT, USA, 88.1 on the dial.
Take Back the Night is an annual march for survivors of sexual violence that began in the 1970s. The march included two speak out circles and a candle lighting ceremony and it was followed by a debriefing session in Usdan 110. The program was designed to give survivors a voice and to show as a community that we will not tolerate sexual violence on our campus.
Where: Olin Steps
When: Thursday, April 7th, 7 P.M.
From the Olin Steps, they marched to the CFA Courtyard and then to Andrus Field where survivors shared their stories.
The Office of Diversity and Instutional Partnerships coordinated a meeting between some members of the Wesleyan University Board of Trustees and students. The event was held on Friday, Feb 25, 2011, in Usdan Room 108, beginning at 9:30 PM. The meeting provided an opportunity to socialize with several members of the Board who identify as persons of color and who worked to advance diversity and excellence at Wesleyan and elsewhere for many years.
Dr. Antwi Akom is coming to Wesleyan
February 15th, 2011 @ 7:30pm
Daniel Family Commons
Please come out to celebrate Black History Month by hearing an incredible man (all the way from the Bay Area) who will engage, enlighten and inspire you in many ways.
Antwi Akom is a leading expert on the green economy, climate change, and educational equity. His research focuses on the links between race, environmental health, and educational equity in cities and schools; the role of the green economy in facilitating pathways out of poverty for vulnerable populations; and the role of local knowledge in the production of environmental health and educational equity.
To learn more, take a look at his bio:
Students coordinated two forums to discuss recent issues on campus and to express views about the overall campus climate. The forms (held on Oct. 29, 2010 and Nov. 5, 2010) were well-attended by students, faculty, and staff. The Dean for Diversity opened the discussion by asking people to respond to the following question: What does community mean to you? Please share below comments to the question.
I am disheartened by the recent events on campus. I am asking you to please share your thoughts and impressions with me. I am available to meet with anyone who wishes to speak to me and I am encouraging everyone to visit the Campus Climate Log to share and document your thoughts and impressions about your experiences at Wesleyan. You may access the Campus Climate Log at http://www.wesleyan.edu/deans/climate/
In peace, Renee
Dean for Diversity & Student Engagement
In the October 7, 2008 issue of the Argus, Trent Grassian ’09 wrote a Wespeak about bathroom bigotry. If you see graffiti in a Wesleyan bathroom, please report it to Public Safety at 860-685-2345, so it can be removed. You should also feel free to post the locations of bathroom with hateful graffiti on this blog, so that it can be archived and tracked.
This notion emerged from an incident on the Campus Climate Log. What’s your opinion?
What does community mean to you? Share transformative experiences that help you find/building community while at Wesleyan? All are welcome to comment.
Finding Community in the words of LaShawn Springer ’08
My relationship with the Women of Color community on campus has greatly impacted my social and academic success. I’ve found strength in these women, when I had none; encouragement from them, when the odds were against me, solace in them, when grief & despair took hold of me. I found a community that was willing to support me in my endeavors and build me up during my time here. I often think about who I was when I first arrived at Wesleyan and who I am now that I am leaving. My involvement in the community is a testament to one of the ways in which I’ve changed. In high school I never dreamed of being involved in social justice issues and now that 1 think about it didn’t have that many friends that were women of color. When I got to Wesleyan I was shocked by how strong the women of color were. Even when they were crying, there was still that strength and resilience in their eyes. I’m a stronger person now because of them. I can leave Wesleyan and know that I can conquer the world and achieve my hearts desire.