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The Neglected Few: Students Of Color And Their Experience On The UO Campus

Recorded on: January 29th, 2016

Air Date: TBT

This panel of University of Oregon undergraduate student leaders represents diverse organizations dedicated to supporting students of color on campus. The groups serve as hubs for students of color to meet and plan events and programs that advance efforts to educate the community about diversity on campus.

The first questioner will be Dr. Charles Martinez, Department Head and Professor for Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership, University of Oregon.

The four student representatives will discuss how being members of a minority group can impact their ability to learn and grow on the university campus.  Many of these students experience fewer opportunities to lead and more limited accessibility to all that UO education has to offer.  Their college experience often includes obstacles that other students historically have not had to face.

Perla Alvarez, a first-generation Xicana student, is currently studying for a BA in Ethnic Studies with minors in Spanish and Planning, Public Policy and Management. In organizations like MEChA and Coalition Against Environmental Racism (CAER), she engages in community organizing and community building, with a special interest in reproductive justice and youth involvement. Perla will describe some obstacles that Latinas, Latinos, Chicanas, and Chicanos face at UO and make recommendations.

Dante Haruna is a senior music major specializing in vocal arts. Dante, born and raised in Oregon, is a second generation Japanese-American. Dante will talk about intersectionality of being queer and multi-racial and how he is both systemically privileged and oppressed.

Shaniece Curry is a senior at the University of Oregon double majoring in Planning Public Policy and Management and Ethnic Studies, with a focus on Public Health. Shaniece currently serves as the director of the Black Women of Achievement. Past positions include Outreach coordinator for the Black Student Union and intern for ASUO's Multicultural advocate. She will be discussing the State of Oregon's racial history and how it translates into the current racial climate at the University of Oregon.

Gerald Jakabosky is an economics major who is active in UO housing issues and the Collegian Christian Fellowship, in addition to his leadership in APASU.

As representatives of their individual organizations, the speakers will propose solutions that the UO Administration can put into place to improve the experience of students of color on campus. The students are eager to share their perspectives about life on the UO campus and welcome questions from the City Club audience.

copyright, 2016