Saree not Sorry!

  Shrijana is a Student Staff Member at the Women’s Center. She is a co-facilitator of Women of Color Coalition and co-leading the Telling Our Stories Project.      Before starting my statistics class this semester, I was feeling apprehensive due to the fact that I’ve never taken a statistics course before, not even in… Continue reading Saree not Sorry!

Survivorship Looks Different in the Asian American Community

  Samiksha Manjani is a Student Staff member at UMBC's Women’s Center. She is a Political Science and Sociology double-major and is currently a co-facilitator of the Women’s Center’s discussion group, Women of Color Coalition.       As a survivor of sexual violence, I have found myself re-traumatized by the recent events that have happened… Continue reading Survivorship Looks Different in the Asian American Community

Stop Wearing My Clothes

   Educating yourself and being yourself: the dangers of cultural appropriation by Harini, a student intern.  I was the only brown kid at my school until ninth grade. Growing up in a town I once described as “never realized the Union won the Civil War,” it was no surprise that all my friends were white.… Continue reading Stop Wearing My Clothes

Who Gets to be a Superhero? Representation and Comic Books

Women's Center student staff member Prachi reflects on her lifelong hobby of reading comic books and how inclusive comic books as well as how inclusive their industry has been for women, particularly women of color.  I have been a superhero comic book fan, on and off, for about 13 years - beginning with checking out Spider-Man… Continue reading Who Gets to be a Superhero? Representation and Comic Books

Across Worlds and Identities: The Spaces in Between

A reflection by Women's Center staff member Prachi Kochar on identity and "fitting in". How do we navigate identities that can fit into multiple categories of nationality, ability, race, etc. at once? Or identities that do not perfectly fit into these categories, spilling out and crashing into each other?  This summer, I went to India for my… Continue reading Across Worlds and Identities: The Spaces in Between

Wish I could be [seen] in your world

A reflection written my staff member, Yoo-Jin Kang  As an Asian-American woman, I’ve always struggled with finding people who look like me in the larger media. You see, May is Asian Pacific Islander month, and regrettably, I am not sure who I can expect to be featured during this month because I am so unfamiliar… Continue reading Wish I could be [seen] in your world

Invisible, often liminal- Growing up as an Asian-American Immigrant Woman in the United States

Often when we talk about race in the United States, the classic picture is that race is polarized into two: black and white. Starting from a very young age, I had never truly understood these divisions, and felt confused as to where I fit in. If I was labeled into a color, it was always… Continue reading Invisible, often liminal- Growing up as an Asian-American Immigrant Woman in the United States