“1, 2, 3, 4: WE CANNOT AFFORD TO WAIT!”

Members of the Students of Color Coalition (SOCC) asserted their self-determination before the Board of Trustees three different times on Friday, February 28. One... Board of Trustees morning meeting with Soka Student Union Executive Council (EC) 11:10AM Purpose of the meeting: In place of the Q&A session typically held for the entire student body during … Continue reading “1, 2, 3, 4: WE CANNOT AFFORD TO WAIT!”

A Piece of My Narrative

By Ayoola Akinlana Stories don’t have to be written; I am currently still living out mine. But here is a part of it. — I stared into space, discreetly scrawling letters in the air. A Y O O L A… I-YO-LUH. I-YO-LAH. This time, it was my name. I marveled over each letter as I … Continue reading A Piece of My Narrative

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

The student movement: A reminder…and an invitation

I wanted to give a shoutout to our fellow peers in Students of Color Coalition in this BuzzFeed-esque article because...well...it's been hell. If you didn't already know, the 1st Annual SUA Students of Color Conference is taking place this Saturday, February 1st. But first, I need to reiterate that this monumental event didn't materialize out … Continue reading The student movement: A reminder…and an invitation

‘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

Dear Mother Africa: The experiences of African students at SUA

In this piece, Africa is addressed as 'mother' to signify her role as the birthplace of the human race. This piece explores what people think about Africa in a personal yet revealing letter to the personified African continent. The letter also includes African students' experiences at Soka University of America concerning certain stereotypes they encounter … Continue reading Dear Mother Africa: The experiences of African students at SUA

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