On March 18, UP connections invited Gabby Rivera, an author, storyteller and advocate for the QTPOC community, to be the keynote speaker for their Women’s History Month event. Rivera gave an inspirational presentation about how she encourages people of all backgrounds to create and daydream through her work. “I am a writer, I am a queer Puerto Rican comic creator from the Bronx and I'm also a deep believer in the power of joy as action,” Rivera said.
When we last checked in with Dunlap, she had just reached her goal of saving 100,000 dollars within three years of graduating from UP. She was also featured on Business Insider, Forbes, Good Morning America, and many other media outlets to give insight on how she was able to tackle this milestone in her career.
Picture this: you’re anxiously awaiting for the psychiatrist you found on Psychology Today, with 5-star reviews, to pop up in the Zoom call for your virtual appointment. Sweat starts to form on your palms while your anxiety flares up. Your mind flying a million miles per hour is wondering what can help you feel like yourself again. You can feel your heartbeat steadily increase when suddenly it spikes as the doctor pops up on the screen. For many of us, taking this first step of reaching out to a professional calls for a brave soul.
Jazz music plays in the background as the scene is set. It’s the late 1920’s and early 30’s in upstate New York. Our host Roxane Gay expains how many Black Americans had fled the oppressing racial laws that were in the South, and highlights the life of the photographer, James Van Der Zee, who captured moments of Black Americans living their lives in Harlem and other Urban Black neighborhoods.
Beginning on Nov. 16, I-Club will be hosting a series of virtual events in celebration of IEW. An outline for the week from the I-Club officers declared that this year’s slogan is “Alone Together”, hoping to emphasize that even though the UP community cannot be together in person, we are still here for each other.
The moment after Walter Thompson-Hernández got the call that he would be working for the New York Times, he hung up and cried from overwhelming excitement because he knew how this would change his life forever, but had no idea what was in store for his future.
We are all constantly examined under a different microscope now that social media has consumed our lives. Instead of being watched over solely by authoritative figures in your life, you have “followers” on Instagram and Twitter, “friends” on Facebook, and viewers on Snapchat and YouTube who could “cancel” you at any moment.