How would you describe the blk community on your campus? – I believe our community is moving forward. In my past 4 years of involvement in BSU 2 on e-board, I have seen changes. Some people would say they’re good some may not think so. As a leader in my community I choose to see and celebrate the good and I am noticing a rise in support of our black businesses, and artists on campus as well as the founding of a lot of new black orgs and I love it.
What do they need? What do they want? – I think we need to connect more deeply and I think ultimately that’s what most of us want even if it’s subconscious or expressed in different ways. We need to be more of a priority for our university. There are several places where we fall through the cracks and are not considered.
How has your school responded to these needs and wants? – I have witnessed our current e-board/community and classes before us fight continuously for years for issues pertaining to black students and I can say that there has been slow change in certain areas.
What have you done to improve the student life of black students on your campus? – Since being on the board, I have made centering and celebrating black art a priority as a step toward changing the narrative about blackness in Chicago and on DePaul’s campus. I have begun working toward this goal by curating events such as our monthly open mic “Soul’Fo Mondays”, our first ever Cypher/DJ Battle, and our annual BSU Fashion Show. I also have been active in my college, The Theatre School, in having conversations about blackness in theatre as well as in conservatory training.
Why did you choose to attend a PWI over a HBCU? – I chose The Theatre School because it is top ranked in the country.
What is your PWI Survival Guide Tip? – Don’t fold. Do not let people make you feel uncomfortable, period. You have every right to be there. Take up space.