Black students at Harvard College recently started social media photo and video campaigns via Tumblr and YouTube to underline the ways in which they have felt silenced on their campus by their peers and collegiate administration. “Our voices often go unheard on this campus, our experiences are devalued, our presence is questioned– this project is our way of speaking back, of claiming this campus, of standing up to say: We are here. This place is ours. We, TOO, are Harvard.” So far, the “I, Too, Am Harvard” campaign has been garnering national attention and other colleges are following suit.
The multicultural student body at the University of Wisconsin-Madison organized the “I, Too, Am UW-Madison” movement in response to the “I, Too, Am Harvard” campaign. Their goal is to illustrate how their experiences as students of color unfortunately go hand-in-hand with racially-based and culturally-based assumptions and questions from their peers and colleagues about who they are and and what their purpose is on this campus. “We hope this will serve as a demonstration that the experiences of students of color at Harvard and Oxford resonate across campuses in the Midwest, like at Iowa State, and most likely can be echoed throughout the nation. We hope this campaign will lead to serious discussions about race on our campus, and on campuses nationwide.”
Here are just a few of the pictures from the “I, Too, Am UW-Madison” website.