“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!”

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

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

Straight from the Field: Soka vs. Occidental Game Recap

As dusk began to set in over the horizon late Sunday evening, we kicked off against Occidental. Leading up to the match, we knew this game would be a test unlike any we had faced so far. The first five minutes of the match proved that notion. Occidental’s physicality and steel in the midfield initially … Continue reading Straight from the Field: Soka vs. Occidental Game Recap

Straight from the Field: Soka Men’s Soccer Game Recap

On a muggy, Saturday afternoon, we kicked off our second match against Multnomah University.  Brimming with confidence after our win against San Diego Christian, we came storming out of the gates. It didn’t take long before we had opened our account. Hunter Stewart played a chipped pass behind the defense to Gerardo De La Torre … Continue reading Straight from the Field: Soka Men’s Soccer Game Recap

This One’s About Us: The Push for African and Ethnic Studies at Soka

By Christelle Inema, Victoria Huynh, and Jordyn Saito On behalf of the student group leading the push for African and Ethnic Studies Within the last year, SUA’s Black Student Union has spearheaded a strong and visible push for African Studies.  For many students, this demand may appear to be a recent one, however after archival … Continue reading This One’s About Us: The Push for African and Ethnic Studies at Soka