CAN YOU HEAR ME?
"Do I see the University, putting in effort? No. I don’t think, nor have I seen THE UNIVERSITY work to bring programs like Kaleidoscope and Sankofa [Scholars] here. That’s our black faculty and staff showing genuine concern and making that change.”
It's not everyday when you find a professor who genuinely cares about you and your well-being.
How many times have you experienced microaggressions on campus by your professors, counselors, advisors? How many times have you felt that, as a black student, you just didn't belong here? Or rather, you weren't welcomed. You're not the only one.
In October of 2015, 3 students got together to create a list of 10 demands (which then turned into #BlackAtTheBay), that were to be presented to President Morishita during an "East Bay Blackout". The GroupMe was created, and as whispers of a "Black Protest" spread, little by little, folks were added in and the message was clear... Click for Part One.
And though it seems like a never-ending battle, Your Black Faculty has always been here to support and make MOVES for you and for our future Pioneers. Mrs. Andrea Wilson has continuously showed her support and has helped to significantly improve the lives of our Black Pioneers. On Wednesday, April 26th, 2017, she held a Presentation titled "Can You Hear Me?" with a panel of African American students, from freshman to alum, speaking directly to and with our faculty and staff about our issues, our thoughts, and our experiences as Black students at East Bay.
Making the students aware of the current cultural sensitivity training and the increase in African American faculty and staff, Mrs. WIlson presented and facilitated a great discussion on what it takes, on both sides (faculty/student), for our Black Students to succeed and GRADUATE.
Thank you, Mrs. Wilson for allowing the students' voices to be heard and for your never-ending support.
- Black Students at East Bay