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POLL-itics: Student diversity organizations

POLL-itics: Student diversity organizations
October 30, 2020

With Harker Aquila’s new 2020 election repeater, POLL-itics, hear from members of the Harker community on various political issues ahead of the 2020 election on Nov. 3.  This installment of POLL-itics...

Expanding ethnic studies in curriculum as required classes

Adding one poster or one text to a literary canon is not inclusion, but tokenism. Pairing them with the historical background of the experiences they write about will open up discussions about ethnic cultures. Making ethnic studies more mainstream is not a radical act of indoctrination, but an effort to include the history and perspectives of more identities.
September 30, 2020

Last month, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1460, effectively requiring all California State Universities (CSU) to implement an ethnic studies mandate: students would have to take one of four...

Kamala Harris “has changed the landscape”: Nomination paves way for women of color in politics

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris speaks at a General Assembly during the California Democrats 2019 State Convention on Saturday morning. There have been only two female major party vice presidential nominees in U.S. history; Sen. Kamala Harris (D-C.A.) is the third.
September 9, 2020

According to the United States Census Bureau, women make up 50.8 percent of the country’s population, Black people make up 13.4 percent and Asian people make up 5.9 percent. In addition to only one...

Editorial: Challenge Day serves as first step

An illustration depicting the beauty of diversity of all types.
March 7, 2020

A hundred students and 20 to 30 members of faculty met in the auxiliary gym to participate in community developing activities on Feb. 6. The program, Challenge Day,  focused on mindfulness, to address...

Challenge Day bridges gaps with emphasis on empathy

Teachers line up at the end of the faculty meeting in the morning and practice their favorite dance moves. Whenever a Challenge Day leader shouted
February 12, 2020

The double doors on the far side of the auxiliary swung open to welcome a stream of students who jumbled their way through a tunnel of dancing faculty members, the upbeat music mixing with laughter and...

Inside the fishbowl: Students explore diversity and race at the Student Diversity Leadership Gathering

Attendees at the second annual Student Diversity Leadership Gathering participate in the fishbowl activity. In the “fishbowl activity,” chairs were set up in the center of the room with people of color in the middle and white people forming a ring around them. Featured speaker and organizer Dr. Rodney Glasgow showed three videos to prompt discussion.
January 23, 2020

The Diversity Committee hosted the second Student Diversity Leadership Gathering at the upper school on January 20 from 8 a.m. from 4 p.m., and it was also Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day on which people...

States across the country pass restrictive anti-abortion legislation

Protestors at a pro-choice rally hold signs defending their rights to make decisions about their bodies. Organizers have begun planning rallies in Alabama, with a large social media movement encouraging women to share their stories of abortion in order to de-stigmatize the issue.
May 17, 2019

Following a wave of anti-abortion legislation that has recently risen up to challenge federal law, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed the nation’s most controversial abortion bill into law last Tuesday...

Pulse of the People: Hollywood steps into inclusivity

Pulse of the People: Hollywood steps into inclusivity
February 22, 2019

The image of Canadian actress Sandra Oh filled the television screen as she took to the 2019 Golden Globes stage to accept her award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama. Clad...

Affirmative Action: Stop racial quotas and start race-conscious thinking

Affirmative Action: Stop racial quotas and start race-conscious thinking
December 9, 2018

“First things first, you should know that you need to work twice—no thrice—as hard as any other white person. And I say this not because you don’t work hard, but that is what society recognizes.”...

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