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

Let’s hear that one more time…

    A reflection from student intern, Sheila, about the subtle moments of life, both good and bad.    A little while ago I asked someone for their life story. This is a random thing I do whenever someone new starts working at my restaurant (#serverlife), to see if they can stay on their toes.… Continue reading Let’s hear that one more time…

Performing Pregnancy As A Black Woman

A reflection by Women's center staff member, Kayla Smith.   Full disclosure: I'm a Beyonce stan. I support pretty much everything she does. There are very few things Beyonce can do that I wouldn't damn near worship. Needless to say when she released pictures from her maternity shoot I was ready to bow down.   I scrolled… Continue reading Performing Pregnancy As A Black Woman

Slaying on the Weekly: Black History Month + Women’s History Month

A weekly round-up curated by Women’s Center staff member, Michael Jalloh Jamboria In the spirit of my friend, who gave us the glorious name ‘Slaying on the Weekly’, every week I will be bringing you some interesting, funny or thought-provoking content from the internet! Be sure to join us next week for more and continue […]

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

A Call to Prayer: My Return to the Muslim Community

A reflection written by Women’s Center staff member, MJ Jalloh Jamboria The following is a little of my experience as a queer Muslim person. I recognize that my experience is not reflective of Islam, nor of the community of people I met at the Interfaith Center. For the first time since last Eid al-Fitr, a… Continue reading A Call to Prayer: My Return to the Muslim Community

“Twice as Good” On Being a Woman of Color and Overcoming Imposter Syndrome and Perfectionism

A blog reflection written by Women’s Center student staff member Meagé Clements  Growing up, my mother would always remind my sister and I that we had to work twice as hard as everyone else because not only were we women, but we were Black women. Living in a society that has always had low expectations of… Continue reading “Twice as Good” On Being a Woman of Color and Overcoming Imposter Syndrome and Perfectionism

Let’s Get in Formation: Beyoncé and Black Hair

A reflection written by Women’s Center staff member, MJ Jalloh Jamboria Beyoncé’s newest hit, “Formation” has been the topic of conversation everywhere. If you missed the video, here it is! Since her Super Bowl performance on February 7th, Beyoncé has received mountains of praise and criticism for her performance and newest video. (Also, take a… Continue reading Let’s Get in Formation: Beyoncé and Black Hair

“Are you judged by your name?” ­ On Raven­-Symoné and the Respectability Politics of “Black-Sounding” Names

Since becoming a co-host on the renowned talk show The View, Raven-Symoné has made her fair share of offensive comments, resulting in her receiving a lot of backlash on social media. From her comments about race to her jokes about not hiring “Watermelondrea,” let’s just say Raven has put her foot in her mouth far… Continue reading “Are you judged by your name?” ­ On Raven­-Symoné and the Respectability Politics of “Black-Sounding” Names