On Thursday, Nov. 11, Latinx Student Union (LSU) and Gender and Sexuality Partnership (GSP) collaborated with Diversity and Inclusion Programs (DIP) to host Our Campus, Our Canvas — a showcase of art and craftwork from UP students and faculty who identify as queer, transgender, Black, indigenous, or people of color.
Kendi published “How to Be an Antiracist'' in 2019, and after last year’s national attention on the Black Lives Matter movement, his message remains stronger than ever: “We know how to be racist. We know how to pretend to be not racist. Now let’s know how to be antiracist.”
It’s 11 months into the COVID-19 pandemic. You’ve spent hours upon hours scouring through Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+, not to mention the unhealthy amount of YouTube that you’ve consumed. You’ve scrolled to the bottom of your Instagram explore page (who knew it had an end?) and you’ve watched every reality TV show in existence, multiple times. Unfortunately, the pandemic is far from over, so what now?
As a child, waking up to a backyard covered in snow was an amazing experience every time, and I never failed to make the most out of it. That’s the beauty of being a child: everything is magical. But that’s no longer the case.
Picture this: you are a second semester freshman at UP. You traded a wild and eye opening first semester of college for four months of Zoom classes and Discord chats in your childhood bedroom. Now with the first glimmer of hope for establishing a new normal, you have taken a leap of faith — making the challenging decision to leave behind your family and brave the complexity of living on a college campus amidst a global pandemic.