This is About Us: Students of Color Conference centers student activism

Many questions, both voiced and implied, hung in the air throughout the day Saturday at the first Students of Color Conference at Soka University. The overarching theme posed the question: How do we build a world without empires?  The activists, educators, students and scholars who served as panelists, workshop leaders, and keynote speakers, raised many … Continue reading This is About Us: Students of Color Conference centers student activism

‘We want better for the future’: SUA alumni create petition with demands for administration

As conversations between the Students of Color Coalition, Black Student Union and administration continue, alumni are beginning to pay attention to the recent push for improvement and accountability around issues of race on campus.  Milly Tamarez, class of 2011, and Aileen Mokuria, class of 2013, have been organizing to demonstrate alumni support for reforms to … Continue reading ‘We want better for the future’: SUA alumni create petition with demands for administration

University leadership responds to student protests and demands

Photo by Saanika Joshi These statements precede the “Building a Community of Trust, Equity, and Inclusion Open Forum" on Friday. Most of campus will shut down in order to allow all students, faculty, and staff to attend. “The intention is to create an open space for the community members to engage in conversations with the … Continue reading University leadership responds to student protests and demands

Students protest Lions Roar admissions event

On Saturday, Soka welcomed prospective students and their families onto campus for the annual Lions Roar event, where high school seniors can learn about what the university has to offer.  But things did not go according to plan - a group of about 40 current students organized a protest of the university’s treatment of black … Continue reading Students protest Lions Roar admissions event

It’s about more than the n-word

By Abbie Malabuyoc & Casey Chaffin  Students at Soka University of America will be protesting the annual tradition of Soka Fest tonight in solidarity with the Black Student Union. Many still question BSU’s motives in dissenting from the yearly celebration. Racism on campus goes back far beyond a Facebook exchange over the use of the … Continue reading It’s about more than the n-word

‘Our curriculum has always been centered on white voices’: The student push for African & Ethnic Studies

Leaders from the Black Student Union (BSU) and Students of Color Coalition (SOCC) sat in the front row of Pauling 216 Wednesday, waiting for the meeting about African and Ethnic Studies classes to begin.  The meeting had been hastily called by the Dean of Faculty Bryan Penprase and Vice President of Academic Affairs Ed Feasel, … Continue reading ‘Our curriculum has always been centered on white voices’: The student push for African & Ethnic Studies

Black Student Union organizes protest of Soka Festival

Kristen Storms, co-founder of the Black Student Union, stood in front of a packed Fishbowl the night of November 5 to announce the BSU’s next initiative: a protest of Soka Fest.  Recent student unrest over non-black students’ use of the n-word has brought long-held frustrations over unaddressed racism to a head. The protest targets Soka … Continue reading Black Student Union organizes protest of Soka Festival

Two recent public-safety incidents under investigation

PHOTO: Soka Public Safety Director Craig Lee in his office on February 27. During this semester, two events concerning public safety have had that effect: a man accused of a lethal hit-and-run was arrested on campus, and someone entered students’ rooms and rearranged their belongings without permission. The Pearl reached out to Director of Residential … Continue reading Two recent public-safety incidents under investigation

An app, a training, and new signs: Updates to campus safety procedures

As far as public safety goes, the 2017-2018 school year was a rough one. In October 2017, a homicide took place not too far from campus and an elevator component mistaken for a bomb brought the Orange County bomb squad to campus; the next month, ex-Soka student David Smith was arrested after threatening to attack … Continue reading An app, a training, and new signs: Updates to campus safety procedures