I, Too, Am UW-Madison

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.

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Watch: The Biggest Stories of 2013

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From Colorlines.com:

“As 2013, draws to a close, we’re waxing reflective about the last 12 months. As part of our year-in-review experience, we’ve already recapped the top ten racial justice wins of the year (http://fw.to/6XVvOgH). Now, we’re talking to some of your favorite Colorlines writers, including host Aura Bogado (@aurabogado) and panelists Jamilah King (@jamilahking), Julianne Hing (@juliannehing), Imara Jones (@imarajones), and Seth Freed Wessler (@sethfw) about covering the biggest stories of 2013 in the arenas of education, pop culture, immigration, the economy and more.”

Originally posted by Akiba Solomon, Thursday, December 12 2013, 12:21 PM EST

MCOR 2013

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Check out a few highlights from the MCOR celebration on September 6th! More footage is coming – this is just a taste of the action and excitement at Union South! Check back and keep an eye on @UWMulticultural and the UW Multicultural Student Center Facebook Pages for more footage in the coming weeks!

Video: Breakin’ Bad

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In December, Madtown Breakers presented ‘Breakin’ Bad‘, a series of workshops, panels, and 2vs2 battles for dancers (and aspiring dancers). The event featured well-known bboys from their scenes, including Bboy Profowon, who has been in the Bay Area hip hop dance scene for 20 years. Profowon taught a workshop on how to use different footwork styles to create true patterns and vocabulary. Creator of the Poly-movement program and founder of the Soul Hydraulics Crew, Lacouir D. Yancey (aka Spirit), provided a holistic perspective on breakin’ culture by giving a workshop on integrating therapeutic movements with bboying (and bgirling). The event ended with an incredible 2vs2 competition battle.

Check out footage from Breakin’ Bad here:

Via Badger Herald

Via FlowPKFR

The event was co-sponsored by the Multicultural Council and WUD Music.

Racial Justice Activism in the #Occupy Movement

At our Communicating for Justice workshop series in February, we learned and discussed ways strategic communications can be used in social justice movements, including movements that embrace a racial justice agenda. #Occupy was one of the case studies we examined closely. How is the movement been framed and messaged? How do we work within the mainstream media agenda and how do we engage communications methods outside of those narrow confines? To continue the conversation outside of the workshop, we wanted to share some additional media we found on how racial justice movements intersect with #Occupy.

Recently, Colorlines.com hit the streets to hear from people of color active in the Occupy Wall Street movement.  “Participants in OWS’s People of Color Working Group and the Occupy the Hood movement discuss what they saw as OWS’s initial “post-racial” attitude toward the economic crisis and how white privilege may have impacted the movement’s development and sustainability.”

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