Character Traits Through a Womanist Lens (Woman’s History Month edition)

Women’s History Month is a month that leaves me feeling very conflicted as a Black man raised by innovative, loving Black and Brown women. On one hand, I’m always down to celebrate women that resemble the women I saw growing up around my neighborhood: essentially women from the African diaspora who are survivors of slavery and colonialism. On the other hand, white women have been and continue to be responsible

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Women’s History Month

Before diving into the gender conversation, I would first like to acknowledge the progress that women have made in breaking barriers in the last few years. Although there is much more progress to be made, I have noticed more women being celebrated, acknowledged, and represented than I ever had seen growing up. In fact, my inspirations were mostly male figures due to the fact that I grew up in a

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Women are Remarkable People

Three important qualities that women should have are confidence, tenacity, and diligence. Three important qualities that men should have are humility, honesty, and respect. The differences in qualities exemplifies the lack of an even playing field between women and men. Women should be strong and confident because they live in a world in which their gender is inferior; in resistance, they must be diligent in their efforts to remain confident

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Women & Men Qualities!

Three important qualities of Women and Men. Women 1. Strong 2. Graceful 3. Intellectual Men 1. Empathetic 2. Productive 3. Diligent The traits of Women and man were fairly similar because in my opinion, the roles of men and women are not very different these days. Women can be strong and smart but also have a soft side. Men can be excellent workers but can relate to others’ feelings and

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FI UWFF Presents: Hip-Hop Pedagogy (Re-cap)

On Thursday, February 14, 2019, the Futures Initiative hosted yet another captivating event: Hip-Hop Pedagogy that is part of The University Worth Fighting For, a series of workshops that tie student-centered, engaged pedagogical practices to institutional change, race, equality, gender, and social justice. The cypher began with me Lauren Melendez (Director of The Undergraduate Leadership Program and Administrative Specialist, The Futures Initiative), sharing opening remarks and introducing my colleague that

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Gender vs. Character

In the times that we live in it’s hard not to unknowingly conform to predetermined gender roles. What I mean by this is that while brainstorming what qualities I would list for each gender, I had to think outside of the box literally. For so long I was under the impression that women and men play separate roles because I’ve been conditioned to think that way since adolescence. I was

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Hiphop Saved Lupe Fiasco’s and My Life: Hiphop Pedagogy Event Recap

His man called said, “your time might be now// They played your freestyle over ‘Wipe Me Down’// They played it two times said it might be crowned// As the best thing out the H-Town in a while”// He picked up his son with a great big smile// Rapped every single word to the newborn child// Then he put him down and went back to the kitchen// And put on another

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Hip-Hop Pedagogy Re-cap

On Valentine’s Day, I alongside two of my peers (Kia and Steven) and of course, Lauren and Kashema took part in an event that is slowly but surely breaking barriers in modern day education. Discussing Hip Hop Pedagogy. When I received the email asking if I would take part, I confirmed without hesitation. No box of chocolates were going to get in my way of my small, but significant part

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Elevator Pitch/ Looking into the Future

Hello, my name is Yadira Vargas. I am a student at LaGuardia Community College majoring in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management. I am currently interning at a luxury concierge service company called The Hundred. My future career goal is to work in the travel industry and provide travel services to others at a company such as the one I am currently interning at. Working as concierge for a luxury travel

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Defying All Odds: From Poverty to Mogul

If I were to tell you that a Black boy from the South Bronx would grow to obtain four consecutive inaugural fellowships spanning public policy, philanthropy, social innovation, and gun control advocacy, would you believe me? What if I told you that he accomplished all of this, and more, after spending a year behind bars? Well, that Black boy from The Bronx happens to be me. In the summer of

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