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…