Allowing students to take classes that relate to their experiences, and giving other students a different medium through which to understand experiences that differ from theirs, is just one example of why classes like “The Sunken Place” are not only popular, but in high demand.
Calvin hopes to see greater diversity in the future, and a more accepting culture in general: “Just do whatever you want to change the world without anyone holding you back.”
Their success despite their dehumanization by diversity quotas, sexist bosses, and Asian-American stereotypes, have made them all the more secure in their self-worth and equally affirmative of others’ worth. They all got as far as they did understanding that no one is inherently better than anyone else—and not letting others get away with telling them that.
TEDxUCLA facilitates a space of diverse knowledge production where speakers, coordinators, and audience members are able to come together and collaborate in the interest of promoting a positive learning environment, and spreading the love of learning that so many of us have lost.
Leigh Bardugo not only skillfully avoids ableism, whitewashing, heteronormativity, fat-shaming, and neurotypicality, but allows these characters to be regular people defined by their personalities, which is all that fans of YA fiction have ever asked for.
The Los Angeles based band Bleached aims to put an end to to the incessant ‘girl band’ rhetoric that defers attention away from the artistic goals of women artists on their new EP, “Can You Deal?”
Fashion magazines play a heavy role in influencing American standards of beauty, so yellowfaced, whitewashed photo shoots like Kloss’ are particularly damaging. In order to uphold fashion’s legacy as an artistic form of empowerment, Vogue and magazines like it need accurately portray diverse models with whom all American women can identify.
Conversations about representation in media have been critical in America’s changing political and cultural landscape, particularly with the rampant cultural appropriation, white-washing, and transphobia in Hollywood. Recently, Nolwen Cifuentes, Silas Howard, and Tani Ikeda addressed identity and media in an intersectional feminist panel hosted by Allies in Arts to reflect on rising activism under the new US president.
With Beyoncé’s radical Super Bowl 50 statement and the comeback of icon Missy Elliot, Black History Month this year seems to be a great one for Black female artists, especially Brittany Howard, frontwoman of Alabama Shakes.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” felt like a beautiful combination of the old and the new, setting the stage for something great and unexpected in the next two films. More than this, it felt like Star Wars had finally become an inclusive universe, where women and people of color could see themselves as the heroes.