By: Danielle Veal, Latrease Davenport, & Michelle Munger
As a closing of the semester we spent this week’s history class having an Antiracism and Diversity Workshop. We have spent the semester discussing difficult issues of Apartheid and racism--making the issues personal for our lives and talking about bringing home what we have learned. Having a safe place for open dialogue has allowed each one of us to feel comfortable talking about issues of privilege. I (Michelle) realized how much I have taken for granted in every day situations and how my whole life things have come easy to me. I have never had to benefit from Affirmative Action or know that I was discriminated against because of my gender or skin tone. It has been difficult to accept the privilege without a sense of guilt. I am now trying to be more aware of when my privileges come into the picture and question them. Lastly, we discussed with others from our schools, how to bring home what we have learned and how we have changed. It is really important to make sure that our time here is not in vain. I have decided to make a conscious effort to always beware of the comments being said, even when only in jest. While dealing with these issues can be very uncomfortable, it is during those uncomfortable moments when I believe we can best learn from one another and learn about ourselves. I am really thankful to have opportunities like this one to make me reevaluate my opinions and thoughts about racism and diversity.
In Development Class this week, many of us signed up to visit different donor and international aid agencies around
So now there’s only one a few more weeks of class. There are only a few more workdays at our internships, only a few more nights left in
- Group Uniquesm during the Antiracism and Diversity Workshop (Michelle, Latrease, John and Jesse)
- Visiting the United Nations for Development Class (Michelle and Brittney)
- Tye-dying at the Community Event (Heidi, Meg, Eppie, Brittney, and Alana)
- Cooling off in the pool! (Latrease, Danielle, Rachel, Meg, and Heidi)