When coming up with an idea for my activist project I thought about what kinds of ideas and issues I am passionate about. Since we are in the age of technology I knew that I wanted to do a social media based project. I decided to focus on the image(s) of black women presented in popular media.
WHO AM I? –VIDEO LINK
For our activist project we chose to focus on individuality. We wanted people to share their stories and realize that the identity that someone is given by society may not be their true identity in which they live. We wanted people to see that beauty is behind the surface, and what we see is not always what we get.
During this project we did not experience any difficulty when asking others to tell their stories on camera. The information was a self-report for the individuals in the video and also a raw analysis in that they were not aware of the questions that they were being asked.
This project is important because awareness needs to be brought to light that society cannot put individuality in a box. We need to bring awareness to society that the stereotypes placed on individuals may not be who they are individually. We want people to know that we should embrace all the beauty and individuality of all people and not just judge or place a stereotype on them before we get to know who they are as a person.
WHO AM I ?– LINK
For my activism project I decided to perform a social experiment on the students of UMBC. I chose to do the project on slut-shaming because for the past 2 years I have been curious about whether or not people understand how harmful that form of shaming can be especially on young women or if they do it unknowingly.
In order to complete this experiment I formulated 3 situations based on true stories and asked each student to give their HONEST opinion. However, I did not tell the students the circumstances of the situations (in which the girls committed suicide because they were slut-shamed at school).
Have you ever been walking down a straight path only to realize that there is a person walking the same path as you in the opposite direction? Have you ever thought to yourself what do I do now, do I move to the side or do I keep walking?
We were inspired to create this project after reading an article about how men and women share space while walking. In the article, it stated that if a man and a woman are walking in opposite directions of each other but on the same path, the woman will generally move out of the path to let the man pass by. We decided to look into this phenomenon that most people don’t realize is actually happening in everyday life. For most people, it is not a conscious decision whether to keep walking or to move to the side. We wanted to make people aware of this apparently small decision that has roots in a much larger social structure.
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Many people will always complain about their experience in the customer service work environment. Maybe that’s because they aren’t people orientated, or maybe that’s because they had to deal with a lot of rude and mean customers. One thing that I was interested in finding out was if sexism had a role in making people feel uncomfortable working in the customer service work place environment. Continue reading
Originally, I was at a loss of what I could possibly do for my activist project, but then I remembered my grandmother-in-law. Unfortunately, due to complications between my grandmother-in-law, her two sisters, and the Federal Government, I cannot mention their names nor the photographs of the interviews. They were very conservative about this documentary being on the Internet, or any social media sites – which was my original intent.
What is empathy? The answer to this question is easy.
But it may not be as easy as you think.
Empathy, while an incredibly common concept, is often only half understood. There is more to empathy than just feeling what another person feels, and the relationship it has to an individual person is far more complicated than the have/have not dichotomy most people imagine it to be. The common idea is that everyone has empathy, and those who don’t are probably afflicted with the kind of “scary” mental illness you learn about in the “abnormal psychology” unit of any Psych 101 class. People without empathy can’t relate to other people. They’re emotionless. They’re abusive. The list goes on.
This misconception is incredibly damaging, especially to those who actually do suffer from mental illnesses. Debunking this myth is was the goal that CJ and I worked toward in completing our activist project.
Throughout this semester I have worked closely with the start- up company, Bmore Than Dance, in an effort to raise positivity in Baltimore through the creative expression of dance. Continue reading
My project has changed into one that is a lot more personal than when I started. I originally I wanted to work with the group that was presenting the Vagina Monologues this year at UMBC. I was drawn to this play after attending it about a year ago. So when the opportunity came up to be a part of it I jumped on it. After researching the origin of the play the vagina monologues I realized that it sparked a fire in me. I have been mentoring and helping young people for many years. This project has made me realized that I was already operating as an activist. Continue reading
The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) estimates that one in four adults experience mental illness any given year. And yet most of their struggles go unheard or unrecognized due to the taboo nature of speaking out about mental health disorders. With #EndTheSilence, we set out to change that stigma on the UMBC campus.