Professor speaks about the importance of diversity

Professor speaks about the importance of diversity

Columbia University Professor Christopher Emdin urged educators, parents and students to appreciate the diverse challenges and backgrounds that students of color bring to school at the Southern California People of Color in Independent Schools event entitled “Rethinking Diversity” on Wednesday. Emdin suggested that schools facilitate a young people of color meeting, in which students have […]

“A” is for Asian?: Impact of the “model minority” myth

“A” is for Asian?: Impact of the “model minority” myth

When Steven Zhao ’19 left his English class holding a graded essay, his friend took a quick look at the “B+” scrawled on a margin, cracked a smile and said, “you dishonor your family.” Zhao pretended to laugh along, though he didn’t really find the comment funny, he said. For Zhao, who is a first […]

Brentwood video spurs discussion about diversity

Brentwood video spurs discussion about diversity

After a video surfaced last week of some white students from Brentwood School singing a rap song with the n-word, upper school deans decided to open up a conversation about racial insensitivity among Harvard-Westlake students. “Honestly, this is an issue that I personally feel really strongly about, so when I saw that video, it just […]

In response to #OscarSoWhite

In response to #OscarSoWhite

At the dinner table a few weeks ago, my mom told me about a little known director named Colin Trevorrow, his only film experience a low-budget movie in the Sundance Film Festival. Steven Spielberg noticed his work, being reminded of himself as he met the young Trevorrow. Spielberg took him under his wing, and a […]

Opening our arms after attacks

Opening our arms after attacks

I breezed through airport security with only minor hitches with TSA. Once past security, I felt marginally calmer, but it wasn’t over yet. This time it wasn’t a “random” pat down and double screening at the Atlanta International Airport. This time it wasn’t agents refusing to let me through disability screening when I was on […]

What it means to be black

What it means to be black

Yes, technically speaking, I am of African-American descent. But I am not black. Or at least that is what I am told. It must be because I can’t dance. Or because I can’t sing. Or maybe because I try hard in class. Or because I speak in full sentences. You see, the stereotype of the […]

Changing Faces: “Westerning” Facial Features through Surgery

Changing Faces: “Westerning” Facial Features through Surgery

When Katie* ’14 was in high school, she used to use a glue strip on her eyelid to create a temporary crease and to boost her self-confidence. Without the artificial double eyelid, she felt “ugly” and believed that people judged her for having smaller eyes. Finally, before she left for college, Katie got an upper […]

Best of two worlds

  By Justine Goode   When taking a standardized test, bubbling in personal information generally requires little to no thought on a student’s part. Age, grade, gender, race — the answers are usually straightforward. But for multiracial students, deciding which circle to darken for the race category isn’t as clear a choice. Most end up […]

BLACC event to feature civil rights advocate

By Annie Belfield Constance Rice, second cousin of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, will speak Feb. 12 at the African-American History Assembly.  As an experienced campaigner and all-around civil rights advocate, Rice is known for her advances in multiracial democracy. “I believe it is important to have this assembly,” Dean Tamar Adegbile said.  “It is […]