Kameron Pyant, a fifth year English major, has been working for the Cross Cultural Center (CCC) since the fall of 2016, which was his freshman year. He has hosted a plethora of events for the CCC such as "Speak yo Truth” and “Unapologetically Black." Pyant has also organized a couple protests this past summer in the wake of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor's deaths. Q: What got you interested in activism? A: The abundance of social injustices inflicted upon Black, Indigenous, and people of color is what drives me to be a persistent activist, being that we still are and always have been fighting for freedom, equity, and equality. We must stay adamant regarding this fight because … [Read more...] about Into the mind of a student activist
CSUSB has been ranked one of the most diverse campuses in the nation, yet the different races on this campus feel there is room for improvement. “We stick together as a whole since the percentage of African Americans is only 4 or 5 perent...we do a lot of programs to represent our culture and our passion for what we love as African Americans on campus.” - “It is important for race to be represented on campus so that everyone is included and not left out.” “Being black on a college campus and not being able to express yourself or be who you are because of the system that was set not to succeed.” “I’ve always been viewed as not college worthy because of my … [Read more...] about Vox Pop: “What race do you identify with and how do you feel your race is represented on campus?”
By Yera Nanan, Avery Robinson, Fatima Gomez, and Graciela Ramirez A day off from college courses is typically a day well received, but not when it involves dangerous winds and power outages. This quarter campus was shut down for a total of five days due to high wind alerts and power shut down by Southern California Edison for preventing wildfires. This campus is no stranger to high winds and potential fire scares, but what is new is the authority that Southern California Edison has to shut down electricity if need be. Associate Vice President for Facilities Planning and Management, Jennifer Sorenson, is one of the first recipients to the news of a power outage from Edison. “We … [Read more...] about CSUSB officials and students comment on campus closures
By Yera Nanan, Avery Robinson, Fatima Gomez, and Graciela Ramirez The lack of representation and weak recruitment of Pan-African/Black students causes the number of Pan-African students to dwindle, said campus community members. CSUSB has two labels: one being a diverse campus, and the other being a Hispanic serving institution (HSI) due to the fact that the campus has a Hispanic population of over 60 percent. Student Engagement Coordinator, Jane Rodriguez, stated that she does not feel that there is enough representation on campus. "I think being a Hispanic serving institution it would be great to see more diversity when it comes to upper administration or individuals that … [Read more...] about Challenges of a Hispanic Serving Institution: Is enough being done to ensure sense of belonging among minority students?
Racial representation issues lace the discussions of the spring Associated Students Incorporated (ASI) elections which resulted in Adonis Galarza's election for Presidency. Many of the concerns primarily come from an issue of underrepresentation of the Black students. Although CSUSB is a diverse campus, the majority, 63% of the student population, is Hispanic which designates it as a Hispanic-serving institution. Princess Jackson, the President of the Black Student Union (BSU), feels that, even with Adonis Galarza as ASI's President, some of the needs of the black community may still be neglected. “I felt like the ASI elections were not pleasing, and don’t get me wrong, our new … [Read more...] about ASI election results raise questions of representation