An ounce of prevention, a pound of cure
With a national focus on gender-based violence, significant changes to marijuana laws, and mental health challenges new and old, this years trio of NASPA conferences focused on those topics and equipping prevention professionals on campus with the best tools possible.
I stood in the DePaul University student center earlier this year with one of the most active multi-racial students I work with. Together, a team of staff on our campus had been working with her and others to develop a new multi-racial student organization on campus.
MRKC Book Club Reflections on Mixed: Multiracial college students tell their life stories
The following paragraphs will consist of my thoughts and reflections on various sections of the book: Mixed: Multiracial college students tell their life stories
Book Review - Mixed
I read the entire book, Mixed from cover to cover. My immediate thoughts while reading the book was how much I could relate to these students’ narratives being a biracial female myself. Specifically, I learned how disconnected some multiracial students can feel from their racial/ethnic identities, which is something I experienced during periods of my life.
Mixed College Students: WHO vs. WHAT
Over the past few weeks I have read Mixed: Multiracial College Students Tell Their Life Stories (2014) and was extremely pleased with the thought provoking and eye opening narratives that were shared by the many students included in this book. I decided to read this book as a means of furthering my understanding of identity and how students come to understand who they are, but specifically, for individuals who identify as multiracial.
What have we done and what more can we do?
As a person who identifies as biracial, reading the stories in Mixed was like seeing my own experience appear on the pages. Connecting with so many facets of these students’ stories was shocking and exhilarating and a kick start to further explore who I am and how I contextualize my own racial identity. I recently questioned my understanding of my racial identity after receiving an email from a faculty member inviting several Black students in my cohort and me to attend a Black faculty and graduate student mixer. The message in itself was innocuous; it was an opportunity to interact with others on campus who shared a similar identity.