Willing to be the change?

Are you thinking about getting involved? At the Multicultural Student Advisory Council (MSAC), we advocate for ways to promote diversity, inclusion and equity on campus. We aim to function as a space for learning, group dialogue on critical issues and development of new student-led initiatives. If you are undergraduate or graduate student, you can join us. Let’s share thoughts, create awareness about inclusion and learn together leadership skills.

Every newsletter will include a MSAC section with information about our activities, thoughts, and recommendations related to our purpose. We start the first edition with a poem suggested by Mosheh Tucker, artist and undergraduate student. Audre Lorde (1934-1992), who described herself as “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet”, addressed the injustices of racism, sexism, and  homophobia. She stated: “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

NATURALLY, by AUDRE LORDE

Since Naturally Black is Naturally Beautiful

I must be proud And, naturally Black and Beautiful

Who always was a trifle Yellow And plain, though proud Before.

Now I’ve given up pomades

Having spent the summer sunning And feeling naturally free

(if I die of skin cancer oh well-one less black and beautiful me)

Yet no agency spends millions To prevent my summer tanning

And who trembles nightly

With the fear of their lily cities being swallowed

By a summer ocean of naturally woolly hair?

But I’ve bought my can of Natural Hair Spray

Made and marketed in Watts

Still thinking more

Proud beautiful Black women Could better make and use Black Bread…

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