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Advocacy Project Update

Thanks so everyone who came out last week to the Quad and helped me out. The project went well. We got lots of looks from the tours for the incoming freshman but we talked to over 30 people which is great! We had lots of people who already knew about gender norms and we had some people stop by who hadn’t heard about gender norms. I think the biggest success of my project was hearing everyone’s different perspective and educating many people, even people who didn’t stop to get an interview because they were still listening as they were walking by. Stay tuned: in the next week I will post the video of my finished project here– it’s going to be awesome!

Thanks,

Sam

Advocacy Event: JMU Quad tomorrow 12-3!

If anyone is free tomorrow from 12-3: come be a part of my advocacy project.

I will be interviewing people about what they think about gender norms and how they defy them. You can either have a video interview or a picture taken with a statement on a whiteboard. I would love to hear what all of you have to say about gender norms and how they affect your daily life! All videos and pictures will be included into a final compilations video that will be posted on youtube and submitted in my portfolio.

Hope to see you all there!

Sam

Minorities on College Campuses Campaigns

I found this article about a campaign that over 50 students at Harvard University are participating in to raise awareness of racial prejudice that minority students face, especially in light of the affirmative action policy being recently passed.

At the same time as this campaign is gaining traction, my own university is having discussions of a lack of minority acceptance and representation on my own campus. Recently one of the campus-run-blogs ran an article that started the conversation, when a girl talked about quitting one of the most prestigious organizations on campus because of problems with handling issues of diversity. This has lead to a movement of students from my school using “#MinoritiesAtMadison” to start a conversation and hoping to not only to have more minorities begin to attend our school, but to teach acceptance of diversity on our campus as well.

While my blog is about representations of gender, I think that representations of gender and representations of race are intertwined. I think that these discussions about representations of both race and gender are key to bring acceptance to everyone, no matter what they identify with. I think more campuses should bring about these conversations in order to help reduce the discrimination that minorities face, not only from the institution but from their peers.

What do you think?

Sam