Examining intersections of identity

Examining intersections of identity

Minorities of all different types face discrimination and appropriation in American society. Thankfully, social media and public protests have recently been able to raise attention to current social issues, often using identity politics. As an Asian-American woman, I can acknowledge that this form of activism brings some awareness to the unique experiences that minorities face. […]

Here Comes the Signs: Protests of the 60s Compared to Now

Here Comes the Signs: Protests of the 60s Compared to Now

When Francine Werner ‘68 thinks back to her years at the then-Westlake School for Girls, she said she recalls the cultural phenomenon of the Beatles and the British Invasion, the counterculture movement and the anti-war protests. “Back then, it was our brothers and boyfriends who were getting killed, so I had to get more politically […]

Let’s get real: Emotion does belong in politics

Let’s get real: Emotion does belong in politics

The 2016 presidential election marked a fundamental shift in the psychology of politics. Campaign policies, promises and debates used to be openly discussed at our dinner tables. Since Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s gruesome brawl for the Oval Office, political topics have become so contentious they always resulted in emotional and headache-inducing screaming matches among […]

Discussing our disagreement

Discussing our disagreement

American society is at a breaking point. In our living rooms, schools and streets, disagreement rears its ugly head, dividing Americans into polarized factions. But it is not disagreement that has created such a deep and seemingly irreparable rift in society. It’s how we use it. Throughout human history, ideological clashes have been the one […]

Posts over Posters: How Has Social Media Impacted Modern Activism?

Posts over Posters: How Has Social Media Impacted Modern Activism?

Two months ago, Silicon Valley resident Charlotte Willner returned home from vacation to long conversations with her Pinterest co-workers about the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” family separations at the US-Mexico border. Inspired to take action, she began a Facebook fundraiser with her husband to raise over a thousand dollars to help reunite families at the border […]

It’s about time: director Ava DuVernay promotes activism

Award-winning director, producer and screenwriter Ava DuVernay urged students and faculty members to help overcome societal prejudices and recognize their own privilege at the all-school Brown Family Assembly on Monday. As the first woman of color to direct a $100 million film with her most recent movie, “A Wrinkle in Time,” DuVernay emphasized the importance […]

National school walk out calls for change

National school walk out calls for change

For the second time this year, students put down their pencils and walked out of their third period classes when the clock struck 10 a.m. to protest gun violence last Friday. They made their way to the middle of the quad, where they sat silently in honor of the 13 victims of the Columbine shooting […]

To see some real results

On March 14, I stood up at 10 a.m. and walked out of my Business of Life class. I made my way to the field, where I stood with fellow members of my community to honor those lost in a similar one. While I stood in silence, realizing that an event like the one that […]

Activism from the heart

I had never seen them so quiet. There was something haunting about the way the children clutched their poster boards and stared straight ahead. They were like the statues of the Founding Fathers we had passed on the way there, solemn and unflinching and strong. They had a purpose. They had emotion. And they would […]

Raise Your Voice

For 17 minutes last week, faculty and administration joined us in solidarity. For 17 minutes, we honored the 17 victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting. For 17 minutes, we imagined the change that our generation has the potential to enact. Since the shooting in Florida last month, high schoolers have stepped up to challenge […]