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two protesters with signs. Sign 1: All lives can't matter until BLM. Sign 2: We will not relent. Justice for George.

Protest in 8 Frames by Takashi Runtsch

12 Jun 2020 8:44 AM

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On May 25th, 2020, George Floyd was murdered by a police officer outside of a grocery store in Minneapolis for allegedly using a fake 20 dollar bill. His death is one in a long and storied history of police brutality against African-Americans in the United States. Shortly after, protests began in Minneapolis, and have swept across the globe. My name is Takashi Runtsch, and on May 30th, I participated in one such protest in Minneapolis. These photos document my experience.

In My Words     Protest

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My Personal Growth In Dealing With Racism by Iluda

07 Apr 2020 1:51 PM

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At Iowa State University, the conversations about racism tend to never end. However, this makes sense as the recent campus news tells us, students of color, to be aware. From the vandalism in dorms, racial slurs chalked on the sidewalks, and recently racial tension toward Asians caused by the CoronaVirus 19. With racism happening over and over again to people of color, how do we deal with it? Here are my personal stories along with my personal growth in dealing with racism.

In My Words     College of Engineering, Asian American

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Four Years Later

31 Mar 2020 2:05 PM

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As a first-generation college student, my time here at college has not always been sunshine and rainbows. Upon arriving, I was faced with a few difficult circumstances such as:

Adventure, In My Words     College of Business, Asian American, Study Abroad

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Here at Iowa State by Rene

03 Mar 2020 2:06 PM

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As I got here to Iowa State, I didn’t realize how much of an impact this new environment would have on me and my identity. I come from Des Moines, Iowa, which definitely has a diverse population when in comparison to Ames Iowa. I grew up playing soccer most of my childhood and with the sport, I was able to meet many different people from different demographic groups. With that I found myself making friends with a lot of my peers, we came from different parts of world, but our love of the sport united us.

In My Words     Latinx, College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Spring 2020 Impaact Retreat, ISU Making Progress for the Asian American Community Today. Join us for our 5th annual IMPAACT retreat. Free and transportation can be arranged. Saturday, February 29. 9AM to 5PM. Lynn Fuhrer Lodge.

5th Annual IMPAACT Retreat

26 Feb 2020 8:15 AM

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The 5th Annual IMPAACT (ISU Making Progress for the Asian American Community Today) Retreat will help participants identify leadership practices and develop leadership philosophies, differentiate between personal and social identities, and learn the importance of collaboration and solidarity within our own communities and other groups.

What does IMPAACT have to offer?

Club Spotlight, In My Words     Asian American

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I Deserve This by Max

11 Feb 2020 2:50 PM

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Content Warning: This post briefly discusses depression, suicide ideation, and planning.

 

In My Words     Latinx, LGBTQIA+, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Spanglish by Elena

28 Jan 2020 12:58 PM

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When I first started in my major in Global Resource Systems here at Iowa State, I was tasked with fulfilling language credits for my major, and it provided me a unique opportunity.

See, when I was in high school, I had taken American Sign Language and fully committed myself to become as conversational in the language as I could. While Spanish was offered, I was afraid to join a class in a city where 63% of the population is Latinx, and I would be the only Latinx student in the classes.

In My Words     Latinx, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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How to Make Your Own Compost by B

03 Dec 2019 12:42 PM

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  1. Start with an appropriate container. Location determines what type of container is most appropriate for you.
    1. My passions lie with regenerative agriculture and the stories of people of color. I find joy and strength when I listen to others tell their story and when I work outside under the sun with the land. Due to my passions, I study within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. I am originally from Latin America and have made my home in Iowa, specifically in a vibrant area of Des Moines.

In My Words     Latinx, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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Choose a side, Tana!

19 Nov 2019 2:09 PM

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I am neither black nor white.

I’m biracial.

I’m Haitian American.

In My Words     Multiracial, College of Engineering, Engineering, Black/African American

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Country Strong by Vashalice

01 Nov 2019 11:36 AM

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“You got to be country strong, from the root (pronounced rut) to the leaves,” my grandmother would always tell me in a boastful manner with pride marching through her words. My grandmother, who is my partial namesake and daily inspiration was all about being strong. You have to be strong in word, thought, and deed is you wanted to survive. In all my life of living, I never truly understood the meaning of being “country strong” until I moved to Ames, Iowa from my small rural town of Bealsville, FL, one of 3 historically Black towns in Florida.

In My Words     Black/African American, women, Grad School

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