Here are a few wonderful resources I’ve found that could help work towards this that are all campus and/or Lower Mainland based.
Black on campus : Take Good Care
This issue highlights the collective efforts of the Black Student Union who are making real change in our communities with great care and pride, from us, by us and for us.
The BSU serves as a home away from home for both local and international Black students on campus at UBC.
Unfortunately, at UBC safe spaces are hard to come by. Is it worth the emotional labour to turn this space into a safe one?
As I nestled further into my cocoon, I became keenly aware that the act of doing absolutely nothing is contrary to everything that I have been taught as a Black woman.
“To our brothers and sisters who have bravely shared their stories with us, we are not only behind you. We are standing beside you.”
My Blackness is not to be diminished by those who wish I had kept it trapped. I am allowed to celebrate my lineage and my history because my experience is more valid than your prejudice.
The lived experience of a Black woman at UBC is a unique one.
I only wish there was some way to convey that to them easily.
Soapbox is the place to share thoughts, experiences and perspectives — from things you want to shout at the top of your lungs to those that you have only ever shared with close friends. Here are some thoughts on Blackness from Black students:
Dear Humans, I’ve got something to say ...
We pondered about what it was about Blackness that so many people felt ownership over it. I joked about how so many felt they possess an experience that they would never have.
To be a Black male on campus means to experience...
The world still has a long way to go before it is a safe place for so many minorities, not just the one you are.
Here are three boxes each of which i do not fully belong/ but I do not think of this as unfortunate.
These kinds of experiences baffled me because they were so nice.
Understanding no one is alone in this fight makes us stronger even when we are far apart.
In my first year, living on campus, I became acquainted with the ways people will behave around you simply in response to being Black.
I still consider myself a part of that fight, but along the way, I’m gonna listen to Lil Baby and save up for those Jordans and hang out with my friends.
It speaks your name It speaks my name