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Sean Novak and India Pierce

 

Collaboration & Change for a Common Good
A Reflection on Collaboration in Campus Life
India Pierce and Sean Novak

 

One way that we can work effectively to create change for a common good is to work collaboratively across communities. With this in mind, India Pierce from the Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity (CSGD) came together with Sean Novak from the Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA) to create a program that explored the intersections of race and sexual orientation. As part of the CMA’s En/Countering Racism series (E/C), they created a program for students to gather and explore intersectionality. This was done in order to deepen participants’ understanding of themselves and others as a means to building stronger coalitions for social justice.

For this blog post, some of the interns at the Women’s Center decided to share our personal history with feminism. We have all had different experiences and there isn’t a singular theme among our stories, but we hope that our experiences encourage others in the Duke community to explore what feminism means to them.

 

From Colleen O’Connor (Community Building and Organizing Intern): `

 

Seated in groups of three or four, about 10 Duke community members held sheets in front of them as they phonetically recited words from the pages.

"Nin hao! Jin tian nin yao zhao shen me yi fu ya?" said SangHee Jeong, program coordinator with the International House who is from South Korea and is working to improve her Chinese conversational skills. She was asking a student partner, "Hello! What clothes are you looking for today?"

"wo jiu sui bian kan kan," the student partner replied. "I'll have a look."

There are those who talk and there are those who do.  WHO (Women's Housing Option) does.  This living group has set themself apart as more than just a place for women to live.  Concepts like "safe space", "social advocacy" and "community efficacy" come to mind when looking at the stirring and dynamic new campaign that was launched last week.  Body image issues are a reality in many of our lives.  The statistics that support this truth are alarming as words are spoken with little or no thought given to the lasting psychological impact that is left in the wake of commentaries on women's bodies.  It is encouraging to see that, with the photo expertise of Ashley Tsai, this group of women has created space to invite conversation, expand thought provoking images and develop the tools to initiate positive change.  All of our lives are affected when even one life is disrupted by the inability

by Monika Jingchen Hu

I have been reading a classic Japanese manga – Slam Dunk (story of senior high school guys with basketball), and watching its animation adaptations for the past couple of weeks. The first time that I watched the animations was in 1998, 14 years ago, when I was in fourth grade. At that time, I had high expectations of my senior high school years, which would be in 6 years, hoping it to be full of youthful events, just like what all those characters in Slam Dunk, who had lived their lives to their fullest by playing basketball for fun and achievement.

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Thumbnail by SangHee Jeong

For most internationals, football means a sport where players are supposed to use their feet to advance the ball to make a goal.  So when they first see an American football game and realize what the players are doing in the field – running with the ball in their hands – they go like, “Do you call that ‘football’?”  Well, yes, the reality prevails no matter what you think.