Upcoming Events

Latin American/Latino Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies present:
Clarissa Rojas on Resisting, Challenging, Interrupting, and Transforming Violence
May 29, 2014 — TWO EVENTS

Morphing the Border(s) and the Transformation of Sexual Violence
Interactive Presentation with Clarissa Rojas

Thursday, May 29, 2014
2:40-4:10 pm
Levan 503

How does the U.S. Mexico border make sexual violence possible? In the summer of 1997, the National Guard invaded the US Mexico border in Calexico, California. This talk describes the memory of this account as told through the story of a transnational community’s transformative intervention into the violence of war and its derivative gendering/sexual violence.

Creating Community Accountability for Sexual Violence in the University? A nod to possibilities An Interactive Lecture with Clarissa Rojas

Interactive Presentation with Clarissa Rojas

Thursday, May 29

6:00-8:00 pm

Arts and Letters, Room 103

Reception Follows

What strategies do Community Accountability and Transformative Justice approaches offer to address, interrupt and transform sexual and gender violence? What are some ways we can change spaces previously permissive of violence into spaces of accountability? How do we build contiguous spaces of accountability in our communities, movements and schools? What are the limits and possibilities of practicing community accountability at the site of the university? This interactive talk considers lessons gleaned from community accountability projects at San Francisco State and Cal State Long Beach and within Chican@/Latin@ communities.

Clarissa Rojas, co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, is an Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at California State University- Long Beach. She is co-editor Color of Violence: the INCITE Anthology and “Community Accountability in Theory and Practice,” a special issue of Social Justice Journal. She is also an internationally published poet who trusts the creative spirit.

Banner in Arts & Letters


Banner in Arts & Letters

This banner was posted yesterday in Arts & Letters by a group of students in response to their friend’s assault at the hands of a DePaul athlete.

Instead of working to dismantle rape culture, and teach attackers and assaulters they have absolutely NO right to violate others, DePaul University issued a non-statement failing to take any real action or accountability to right this gross act of violence. In particular, DePaul University is more concerned with protecting athletes who continue to sexually assault others with impunity. Is this what students are paying for with tuition? Is this behaviour in accordance with DePaul’s supposed Vincentian values? I don’t think so.

The non-statement is as followed:
“DePaul strictly prohibits sexual and relationship violence; it takes seriously allegations of all such violence,” DePaul spokesperson Carol Hughes said. “All students who violate the university’s Code of Student Responsibility are subject to DePaul’s Student Judicial Process and the sanctions of that process. Moreover, DePaul provides a variety of support and resources for survivors.”

The DePaul Athletic Department has no further comment.

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Negro: Finding Identity-Conversation with an Ethnographer


In this installment of ‘Negro,’ Dash speaks with Afro-American and Puerto Rican ethnographer, Whitney Lopez on her painful childhood, having to prove her ‘Latinidad’ to fellow Latinos and finding herself through the town of Loiza in Puerto Rico. History of Loiza is discussed, as well as cimarrons (maroons), religious syncretism and African and Indigenous descended identity

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One Year since I quit the classroom – Success story

words to meditate over~

Make Your Own Peace

Once a teacher, always a teacher.

It is part of who we are,
how we long to listen/clarify/explain/help

We help others educate themselves
understand, interact with, and better
their environment/culture/neighborhood/family/themselves

I am no longer a formal teacher though.
A year ago, I quit working for Chicago Public Schools.

Stuff happened that was unfair, and out of my control.
Some people in high positions had feelings for parties that did not reciprocate.

There were power struggles, adults refused to take offered help.
And the children lost out.

I repeat, the children lost out.
School should be about getting resources,
and providing them to the children we served.

When it wasn’t about the children; I had to leave.
Especially when I was being persecuted for still putting the children first.

I don’t regret leaving.
And I love the people who stayed and fought
through the struggles and through the pettiness to keep…

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On Academic Hazing, Intra-Racial Conflict, And Marginality

another must read article, don’t sleep on this one!

Conditionally Accepted

KasimKasim Ortiz is an entering PhD student in sociology at Vanderbilt University. His research interests include intersectionality, critical race theory, medical sociology, religion, urban sociology, and demography.  Although, he contends that such labels of interests are too restrictive, as he is merely interested in life!  Below, Kasim reflects on the difficulty of finding a supportive mentor, and the broader, uglier reality that academic training often takes the form of hazing.  He offers practical tips for grad students to survive.

May I Work With You, Please?  Academic Hazing, Intra-Racial Conflict & Marginality

~ To be afraid is to behave as if the truth were not true.
Bayard Rustin

The Journey Begins…

Markedly a characteristic of graduate school is identifying a mentor, often someone whose research speaks to you, from which you can grow as a scholar and gain insight on their lived experience in academia.  Also, this decision is often influenced…

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Talk of a “post intersectional” utopia is bullshit

this is a must read!

Media Diversified

 by Huma Munshi

I was not politically conscious or an activist as a student despite studying politics. I was a bystander but then circumstances propelled me into something much more and once your consciousness is raised it is hard to curtail the activism that can come with it. The pivotal movement for me was connecting with other feminists on social media and recognising the patriarchal structures which had led to myoppression, compounded by my experiences as a woman of colour. That connection and my lived experience continues to fuel my activism.

So arriving to see Professor Crenshaw at the London School of Economics, the university I studied my politics undergraduate degree, was a rather special experience. Professor Crenshaw is famous for coining the term “intersectionality” to describe the cross-cutting oppression and discrimination black women face.

Chaired by Dr Purna Sen, the talk assessed the validity of the notion…

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