Diversity & Inclusion E-News: Student News & Activities, Week of 1.30.17

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Wheelock Students Travel to Inauguration

By Taylor Goyette-Frechette & Julia Paolino

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A group of 8 Wheelock students and 2 faculty members traveled together to Washington D.C. during the days surrounding the inauguration of America’s new president, Donald Trump. The experience was truly incredible. We visited the National African American Museum of History and Culture and the Holocaust Memorial Museum, in addition to protesting the inauguration parade and participating in the Women’s March on Washington. Needless to say, those four days were filled with the pain of both past and present, yet hope for the activism and resistance of the future.

The most powerful moment for us was not marching with nearly one million other people. It was not even screaming our chants over the cheers of Trump supporters at the inauguration parade. The most powerful moment occurred when we all chose not to be bystanders. As three protestors were verbally attacked by dozens of Trump supporters at the parade, instead of walking by, we all chose to stand with them. Yes, we stood with those individuals who were surrounded, harassed, and intimidated. Suddenly, it was no longer just three of them, but 13 of us. As people wearing red “Make America Great Again Hats” released their anger by yelling in our faces and calling us names, we did not retreat. We engaged. We fought. We resisted. The Wheelock community, our country, and our world need to be reminded of this: radical resistance is possible and radical love is what we need to sustain the movement and dismantle white supremacy and patriarchy.

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Wheelock Graduate Students Engage in Boston Community

As part of a capstone team, graduate students were featured in Bulletin Newspaper, covering many of Boston’s neighborhoods, highlighting the work they are doing in conjunction with Hyde Park Community Resources.

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Read the full article below:

http://www.bulletinnewspapers.com/23469/264100/a/hpcr-hosts-first-meeting-since-2015

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A open letter from “Law, Policy and Gender” class through the Political Science & Global Studies Department

Taught by Marguerite Dorn

“Dear Wheelock Community,

We are a class of 22 students enrolled in Law, Policy and Gender, through the Political Science & Global Studies Department, and taught by Marguerite Dorn.

In the wake of the Trump Administration, we have chosen to use our class time to watch, evaluate, and keep track of law and policy changes around gender, and to report this information back to the Wheelock Community.

We are committed to social justice. We intend to show our commitment by disseminating important information, promoting activism, and facilitating discussions in order to increase awareness and understanding on how new laws and policies will affect us and the lives of those around us.

Follow us on twitter for updates on our progress and information: @WheeAreWatching.”

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