For minority communities, the moment you walk onto the grounds of a Predominately White Institution, you are immediately struck with the realization that this school wasn’t built for you.
What can a torn, crumpled up red star teach you about race relations in America?
Students and faculty gathered to discuss how women in the workforce are often treated with less respect and given lower expectations than their males counterparts, as well as how the future generation can help solve the issue.
For far too long, we’ve lived in a culture and system of asymmetrical power and violence, one in which men consistently commit violence against other beings. As Washington University students, we’ve learned a lot about bystander intervention and about how to protect and look after our fellow community-members.
SOCIOECONOMIC ISSUE: Bob Hansman agreed to have dinner with me to talk about inequality both on- and off-campus—about how to use our power as students to challenge assumptions and tackle poverty, both in discussion and in practice.
Although many students have been away from St. Louis for the summer, city officials have continued to advocate both for and against an increase in local minimum wage.
Throughout the spring, students, adjunct faculty members and other members of the St. Louis community held rallies and other events on campus to support the Fight for $15 movement, which calls for a $15 minimum wage. At an event on April 7, Washington University senior and social activist Danielle Blocker spoke of the importance of the Fight for $15.
As part of the Social Justice Center’s monthly Java & Justice event, Thursday’s discussion focused on Islamophobia, freedom of speech and problematic media portrayals in recent weeks.
The demands identified three areas of focus for the administration to modify: improving the experience of people of color on campus, developing a culturally conscientious campus population and repairing the University’s relationship with the St. Louis community. While students and the administration did not come to any official agreement from the conversation, both sides were optimistic about future discussions.
Actor Jesse Williams, best known for his role on “Grey’s Anatomy,” hosted a round table on black masculinity and social change featuring area leaders and activists on Saturday.
The event was sponsored by Question Bridge, a project that focuses on promoting dialogue between black males of diverse backgrounds through film, social media and panel discussions.
We ask the University community to recognize that Michael Brown’s death was not an isolated incident, but the result of a broken system.