i guess i am doing a lot of cool things right now. here are some of them:
1. just finished reapplying to be a peer facilitator in the office of diversity ed again. this job has helped me grow so much. i am excited to go through training again from a whole new perspective.
i also just had sort of a "break through" workshop. theres a very common attitude at depaul of "i dont care if youre white brown black blue or green i love all ya guys" which is very problematic for a number reasons on its own, but on top of that its often expressed by white people who dont like to acknowledge their whiteness because they dont want to be associated with whiteness. i always feel bad because when people make statements like these i know their heart is in the right place but i never really show them why its fucked up- i just sort of passively poke at them and then move on, which i know makes the other-identifying people in the class feel uncomfortable and discouraged.
today i finally broke through and confronted someone on it. she was saying that on tests etc she never marks her race as white because she feels white gives an image of a rich upper class white person and associates her with privilege she didnt have as a lower class person.
basically i explained how i grew up lower class in a latino neighborhood and a latino neighborhood and i had every opportunity to claim what she does, but i dont, because my whiteness still means something regardless of my class. people assume im higher class than i am because im ewhite, which has its advantages. people see my name and know im white. people in power can relate to me more because im white like them. etc etc. thats something that i cant opt out of, no matter if i wanted to or not. its privilege i didnt do anything for, but own, and i have to own up to that.
i got progressively red in the face as i went on but i could see people of all races nodding in agreement and my cf was smiling all thankful and encouraging.
it was just good to finally use my story in a productive way like that. idk.
2. i also have an interview monday for a teachers aid/peer mentor position in a class for incoming freshmen. i feel confident that i will get it and im pretty excited. for my interview i have to give a 5 minute "teach" on something i know a lot about. i think im going to do pizza economics and talk about the law of diminishing returns and a basic supply/demand graph. hopefully it will go well.
3. ive been working slowly on a project with the lgtbtq community and i think ima speed it up. basically itd be a student org about demystifying da gay. we would have booths on campus called like "ask a...." and then whatever we identify as. maybe have some big events. the ultimate goal would be to get into high schools to talk about lgbtq stuff. it would be a service/outreach kind of thing. i had someone else working on it with me but he seems to have fizzled out into his own thing unfortunately... so its all on me now. but ima do some more stuff next week.
4. for INT we have to do a paper about a postcolonialist intervention. im going to talk about puerto rico, which is still a colony. basically im looking at the development of puerto rican identity throughout colonial and migrational stages with special use of the diaspora and circular migration to argue that transnationalism isnt so big a deal. ive read so many books already and its crazy. have to start organizing my info. the neighborhood of chicago i live in has a strong puerto rican population. lots of puerto rican flags etc... id love to talk to some locals abou my project and get their perspective - a real perspective and not just a book perspective - but i dont really know how to bring that up... "oh hai i notice youre puerto rican.. wanna talk about it?"
so instead i may talk to some puerto rican teachers at depaul. its not what i want but its somethimg.
5. i used to participate in a program called intercambio. basically a foreign language exchange- depaul students spoke all spanish, recent immigrants spoke all english. im considering starting a program with a friend at the same location... he studies accounting finance and real estate, i study economics and statistics and things. the idea is we would go in and talk about basic business concepts- supply and demand, simple accounting, etc. we would do it using spanish and english both- starting the class with vocab for the lesson then teaching the concept. the idea is that immigrants often get trapped from ever getting promotions etc because if they know any english its colloquial english and they cant talk about the more advanced concepts for business/etc even if they understand them- they just dont have the words to talk about them. also a huge percentage of new business in this country are started by immigrants.. so these concepts are just good to know!
it will be a lot of work, but maybe if i can get my friend to commit with me we can have it up and running by next year.
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