This is soooo me.
This is soooo me.
My home for the next two months!
Yup, I was werqin it even as a child. Look at those cheek bones!
I’ve been working with a student organization on campus advocating for better working conditions and pay for our campus dining service employees. They are subcontracted through Sodexo, a company with many human rights violation charges around the world. Most recently we had a woman from the Dominican Republic come to campus and talk about her experiences working with Sodexo. It was very disheartening to hear about her struggles, but also motivating to continue our work on campus. It’s an extremely complicated issue and campaign, but if you’d like to learn more about our labor organizing with these workers, let me know, and I can tell you more (details) about it.
Our LGBTQA Advisory Board is currently working on helping to develop a bias incident response team that will first be implemented in housing then university-wide as flaws are worked out. We are also working with housing to ensure housing accommodations for transgender students as well as working with the University Senate (comprised of administrators and some faculty) to include gender identity and expression in the nondiscrimination clause. It passed the committee immediately before Hurricane Katrina, but we’re unsure if it was officially approved through the full Senate. If so, then the nondiscrimination policy will be updated immediately. If not, we’re going to make sure that it happens. We have many more initiatives we plan on working on, but that’s where we’re at right now.
I ran for Undergraduate Student Government President. It was an extremely intense election – a lot of bad things were said about me during the elections from the other candidates and other members of USG, but I made sure to keep my campaign positive. In the first round of voting I got the most votes with 40%, but since it wasn’t 50%, there was a run-off election between the second-place person and me. In the run-off election there was even more shady tactics going on from my opponent in my opinion, and I ended up losing to him. The way I look at it – there were hundreds of people that voted for me, support me, and ultimately believe in my abilities as a leader which is the positive I took out of it. The relationships with my friends grew stronger, and I appreciate my friends and supporters so much more from this experience. I am very content with the results, however, because it opened up other opportunities for me.
This summer I’m doing Semester at Sea. I’m traveling to nine countries in the Mediterranean. I am extremely excited about that and cannot wait. I’ll be traveling to Nassau, The Bahamas; Barcelona, Spain; Civitavecchia, Italy; Naples, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Piraeus (Athens), Greece; Varna, Bulgaria; Istanbul, Turkey; Casablanca, Morocco and ending in Boston. I’ll be taking 3 classes while at sea and when we dock in port in each city we have free time to do whatever we want in the country so we can travel to the other cities. I’m not sure what classes I’m taking yet. Right now, I’m just trying to get all of the paperwork and finances for it all worked out.
Next semester I’m going to study in D.C. through a program at American University. It’s called Transforming Communities and is a program that focuses on grassroots activism. There’s one class, an internship component, and research project. I am extremely excited. I hope to get an internship with a member of Congress or an LGBTQA organization and do my research project on immigration reform, but nothing is concrete.
Any suggestions for which Congressperson I should try to intern next fall? Ambitious short list: Weiner, Frank, Pelosi, Kerry, Sanders, Klobuchar, Boxer, Feinstein, Baldwin, Franken, Gillibrand, Reid, Polis, Cicilline, Cleaver, Kucinich, Sanchez, Waters, Dodd. Comments?