“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!”

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

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

ASB Fosters Connection Between Students and Houstonians

By Reina Strauss, Harumi Koga and Saori Konishi Alternative Spring Break is a service learning program for Soka students to travel and learn about a variety of human issues and engage and serve communities during spring break. This past year, students participating in ASB went to Houston, Texas to aid in disaster relief in the … Continue reading ASB Fosters Connection Between Students and Houstonians

Feeling the Heat: How Climate Change Hits Close to Home 

By Lauren Ng, Student Sustainability Educator  Over the summer, I had the opportunity to work on campus as a Sustainability Assistant. It was a fantastic experience. I received a great deal on summer housing, and my job allowed me the flexibility to create my own projects and do fulfilling work. However, I had to bring a winter jacket … Continue reading Feeling the Heat: How Climate Change Hits Close to Home 

Freedom Writers’ Journey

The Freedom Writers Foundation emphasizes overcoming adversity – whether it be social, economic and interpersonal – through education and the promotion of an inclusive pedagogy. The foundation began with Erin Gruwell, an English teacher with a steadfast commitment to equality in education. Gruwell spent four years teaching a group of underserved students at Wilson High … Continue reading Freedom Writers’ Journey

Pearl Diver: An Inadequate History of the Black Experience at Soka

By Esat Tunager, Reporter The Pearl Diver is a series that combs through back issues of the Pearl, seeking a better understanding of the Soka experience through the insights and mishaps of students who have long since fled the Soka Bubble.  Black History Month: Dispelling the Myth. 2003. “Welcome to SUA’s first Black history month … Continue reading Pearl Diver: An Inadequate History of the Black Experience at Soka