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Four Things Black Womxn Can Relate to on Campus by Joi

29 Oct 2018 11:27 AM

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It has been 4 years since I decided to leave my predominantly black neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri and come to Iowa State’s campus. It was a huge adjustment, but I’ve come to realize that a lot of other black womxn have had similar experiences on campus. Here’s a list of a few things that I think other black womxn will relate to:  

In My Words     College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Black/African American, Classroom

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5 Things I am looking forward to this Summer!

27 Jun 2018 12:44 PM

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1. Spending time with Friends

It's great to finally finish school and go back home to meet up with my friends. Every time we see each other, we have a blast and bring out the best (and sometimes the worst) in each other. It's always great to be in a familiar place with familiar people. Going off to college is rough and kind of stresses me out, so when I get home it's awesome!

2. Going to Concerts

Adventure, In My Words     Summer, Study Abroad

Reclaiming Our Colors: The 2018 Cardinal and Gold

13 Apr 2018 10:57 AM

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On Friday, our community gathered for the inaugural Cardinal and Gold event in the Great Hall. This event celebrated the contributions made my people and communities of color to Iowa State University and honored a number of groups and individuals.

Justin Winkel served as master of ceremonies and introduced the event with these words:

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Reclaiming Our Colors by Emily

09 Apr 2018 3:33 PM

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I grew up in small-town Iowa. It was predominantly white people, so there were not a lot of minorities. You could probably count the number of people of color on both of your hands. In my class, there was one other girl who was from China until another family moved to town in our middle school years.

In My Words     Asian American

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Five Things I Learned Being Black and Abroad by Tasha

03 Apr 2018 3:30 PM

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My first trip out of the country was a 10-day school trip to Costa Rica with two of my best friends. We climbed mountains, hiked through rainforests, explored small towns by the coast, and danced with the locals. Although I was young and naïve and knew less about the systems the operate in our world today, I was given this insatiable need to experience the rest of the world, its people, and its cultures. Over the years, when I found the opportunity, I traveled internationally more. I found myself in St.

Adventure, In My Words     Study Abroad

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There Is a Gray Area by Christian

19 Mar 2018 5:35 PM

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I grew up in Iowa, in a polite rural suburb called Bettendorf. This area is a model for traditional American communities, going to every football game and church on every Sunday kind of stuff. I, a weird art kid, was not one to attend football games, I was more interested in personal pursuits like drawing, playing video games, and watching cartoons. The diversity in this area is pretty scarce and going to a predominantly white high school made this quickly apparent to me. These factors combined made me somewhat of a social nomad drifting from thing to thing, but never quite fitting in.

In My Words     College of Design

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A Healthy Culmination of Motivation

06 Mar 2018 8:29 PM

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Being a student of color at a predominantly white institution (PWI), acts of oppression, microaggressions, feelings of being unwanted at the university, and many other obstructions serve as motivation for students of color to become leaders in the community to be a part of changing the culture and atmosphere at Iowa State.

In My Words, Leadership Callout     Black/African American, first-generation

Just Chill

18 Feb 2018 4:57 PM

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I meditate daily, and have overcome a lot of obstacles thrown my way, such as being out of work for over a year, being depressed, confused about where I want to go in life, and what I want to do. I began meditating before my freshman year of college and continued to do so for about 6 months until I became swamped with homework. From there, I stopped doing anything I was interested in and solely focused on my studies. I even quit my job. During my fall semester of sophomore year, I was down in the dumps,with clouds of doubt constantly in my head.

In My Words     Meditation, Relaxation

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The Color Line by Zakariyah

08 Feb 2018 6:08 PM

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Photo of ZakariyahI title this The Color Line because that is what my life is and has always been. I’ve been separated by two different races my entire life, and have felt the need to pick between the two, sort of like straddling a line.

In My Words     Multiracial, White, Black/African American