Black/African American

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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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From “Bad Kid” to Now: Imposter Syndrome and My Self-Esteem Battle by Jasani

15 Oct 2019 12:18 PM

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I am a 20-year-old IT Professional that has 4 years of qualifiable industry experience, and I still think I’m not good enough and I often believe my successes aren’t my own. My childhood emotional abuse has left me with a heightened since of self-doubt and imposterism. Whether it is within my professional aspirations, physical appearance, or sociocultural relationships, I always have this lingering thought of “I don’t belong here” or “you’re not attractive enough to talk to ‘insert name here’”.

In My Words     Ivy College of Business, Black/African American, Imposter Syndrome

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Things That Remind Me I'm Black by Toni

16 Sep 2019 1:43 PM

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I don’t consider being Black to be a major part of my personality but somehow, it’s the first thing that people notice about me. I don’t walk around campus constantly thinking about the fact that I’m Black but every once in a while (meaning very often), something happens that brings it to the forefront. Here is a list of the most common things that remind me that I’m Black:

In My Words     Black/African American, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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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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Check It Out: The Big XII Conference on Black Student Government

09 Apr 2018 12:49 PM

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The Black Student Alliance traveled to Texas this spring for the Big XII Conference on Black Student Government

The Big XII Conference on Black Student Government is a organization composed of Big XII schools such as Iowa State, Mizzou(founding school), K-State, University of Kansas, Oklahoma State, University of Oklahoma, University of Texas at Austin, Baylor University and newly added Texas Tech.

Adventure, Club Spotlight     Black/African American

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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

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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

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In My Words by Jocelyn

04 Feb 2018 11:34 AM

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Lyrics:

Being black in class, it don’t get no harder

Trying to push myself every day to get smarter.

Limited finances, no money in my pockets

Got a family at home supporting me and staving.

 

In My Words     College of Engineering, Black/African American

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Let Love Guide You Through It All by Tiara

11 Jan 2018 1:05 PM

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Learning to love your learning will guarantee you success in college (and arguably in your life). While we all come to college for various reasons, there is a singular implied objective that we all share: earning a degree. The journey to the degree is not always on a clearly defined, straight path; I personally have had my share of challenges and discouragements, ranging from personal to financial to academic, along the way.

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

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