And now the actual project begins,
The best thing about my project is that without me even planning it out things that can help it seem to pop out everywhere. For example, when we took the time in class to talk about race and what it means to be a student of color on campus. The struggles that come with it and how students all over the nation are working to overcome them. Something that sparked the interest of the nation this past week was what has been going on at Mizzou. The students were completely fed up with the racial discrimination that was going on, on their campus and decided to do something about. They wanted their president to resign after failure to address the school’s lack of diversity in the faculty department as well as not properly dealing with high cases of racism. The president of the University finally stepped down after seeing how serious of an issue it was, with even the black football players refusing to participate or play in any of the games until he left. Same thing is going on at Yale as students are in verbal confrontations with their administrators over unfair racial treatment. These are just to name a few as other colleges and universities across the nation are trying to get justice for their individual campuses. This brings me to the main point yesterday, November 12th was #CollegeBlackOut which meant wearing black all day to show support for the students at Mizzou. “Thousands of college students across the country on Thursday joined protests demanding that their schools do more to address racism and discrimination on campus. Students at many campuses are calling for an increase in the diversity of faculty and more resources to help minority students succeed. The data suggests that they have a point: Colleges across the country are far less diverse than the communities they serve” (Barry-Jester & Casselman). I was proud to be a University of Minnesota student yesterday as many students stood up for the problem. Attending a PWI is not easy for a minority student especially with constant discrimination. Yesterday, as we came together it showed that we are united and are willing to make sure our campus treats us like the students we deserve to be treated like. There is still so many problems across the nation on campuses as racism is very evident and it is up to us to make the change. Yesterday, hundreds of students showed me what it means to be a student of color on campus. That they value themselves and they know they deserve to be heard as well as represented! It is going to be an on-going struggle that will need a lot of effort to make the changes that are needed, however, they are very necessary as no student should have to feel the fear of attending their campus because of their race. It really brought things into perspective as I imagined what if something like that were to happen here at the University of Minnesota, how would the community as a whole react? Would we fight the issue and support the minority students or be in similar cases across the nation where white students are threatening to kill black students. Students at Mizzou do not even know if it is safe for them to go to class let alone leave their buildings. However, instead of living in fear they are standing up and standing out.