“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

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

The Black Student Union and Student of Color Coalition Manifesto

This manifesto was written by Black Student Union and the Student of Color Coalition Addressed to Soka University of America Dated November 7, 2019    BLACK STUDENT UNION STATEMENT:  Due to the recent interruption of SUA’s erasure of Black Students’ lived experiences, which stemmed from a non-Black student using the n-word racial slur, has culminated … Continue reading The Black Student Union and Student of Color Coalition Manifesto

KA-BOOM: Breaking Language Barriers with Comic Books

By Kofi Gyamfi Sarkodie, Contributor I was born in a town called Agona. The only literate adults there at that time were the teachers who had been posted from the city to teach at schools in our town. Since Ghana has over 250 languages and dialects, learning the English language is crucial to breaking the … Continue reading KA-BOOM: Breaking Language Barriers with Comic Books

We need more conversations about mental health on campus

  Mental health isn’t discussed a lot on campus. I know mental health might be scary to some, but the word shouldn’t drive us away from the conversation. Mental health isn’t just about sadness, depression, or negative emotions—it’s about the positive ones too. Understanding mental health is an essential step in promoting better well-being for … Continue reading We need more conversations about mental health on campus

Art and Education, an Interview with the New Performing Arts Center Director

By Skyler Wolf  Renee Bodie has recently taken the position of Director of the Performing Arts Center after Soka’s founding PAC director, David Palmer, retired last year. Bodie formerly directed the Levitt Pavilion, where she programmed and produced hundreds of shows, and helped the Pavilion win the “Best Live Music Venue” award multiple years in a row. Bodie hopes to enrich the education of Soka by … Continue reading Art and Education, an Interview with the New Performing Arts Center Director

Deported: A Story from the U.S. Immigration Crisis 

By Mercedes Corrales In January 2018, after living in the U.S. for 25 years, my grandmother Maria was deported to her home country of Mexico.   Her deportation was an unexpected one. In 2005, my grandma was detained and was going to be sent back to Mexico. However, her youngest son needed medical attention and required yearly surgeries until … Continue reading Deported: A Story from the U.S. Immigration Crisis