The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 8, 1988- Page 9
Nikita Buckhoy Free South Africa Coordinating
Committee, United Coalition Against Racism member
and LSA senior
I would encourage people to stop by a rally or two to
see what issues students are trying to raise public
consciousness on.It's also important for them to check
out minority groups, also political groups, if people...
want to see certain things changed on campus.
Mike Dashner Minority Student Services Native
Get active with the minority student groups... One of
the main things they should do is commit themselves
to getting involved with a program. We have very low
attendance for speakers who we invite in, and the
usual excuse is no time. But you see plenty of people
at Dooley's and the Nectarine Ballroom. You have to
set your priorities.
Scott Wong Rackham graduate student
They can make sure that they take courses that deal
with social or minority issues. That's one step.
Another thing is to get involved with some sort of
student group that is working on those issues, too. And
I think that the best thing they can do is to keep an
open mind, even though they as individuals don't feel
that they're affected by minority issues. (They should)
keep in mind that ... it does in some way affect them,
and ... even if they feel it doesn't affect them, it is
Natasha Raymond University of Michigan
Asian Student Coalition member and LSA senior
The first thing is to educate themselves. If they're
really good in a subject, they should tutor minority
,students, and minority students should get help. They
first have to find a circle of friends and know they're
not alone, not isolated. And they should start building
their own support system... Instead of saying, "Why
should I?" why don't you say, "Why not?"
Cathy Cohen UCAR, People Organized to Wipe
Out Rape member, and Rackham graduate student
New students in particular, but all students, have to
realize that racism, sexism and homophobia exist and
have been institutionalized through the University.
Therefore we all have a responsibility, including new
students, to confront the University and demand that
they take a new direction. Because if you are not a part
of the struggle or a part of the solution, then the old
saying is that you're a part of the problem, and that's
true. New students are here as adults, and this may be
the most important decision or direction in their life
that they may ever take. And that's what education is
really all about.
Barbara Ransby UCAR, F-SACC, Black Student
Union member, and Rackham graduate student
I would say two things. One is that they should
educate themselves about the issues. And secondly,
they should figure out how they can put that knowl-
edge to use to change things. They can start at two
places. They can take courses that deal with racism
and sexism and homophobia through the Women's
Studies program and the Center for AfroAmerican and
African Studies. And... they should join an organiza-
tion that's trying to effect some change on the campus.
Because understanding the problem is only part of the
solution, and no one can change things alone.
Lida Orta Puerto Rican Association editorial board
Having access to more information about the different
organizations at the University - which organizations
are they, what are their objectives, having more educa-
tion about which organizations are here.... Usually,
individual efforts, because they are isolated, are ineffec-
tive. They need to be aware of the things that are
happening right now, be aware of the type of institution
that they're getting into.
Eddie Chu Asian American Association member
and LSA senior
The best way to learn about minority issues is to use
the University resources that promote this type of
education. U of M has two offices which sponsor and-
promote excellent cultural programs. These are
Minority Student Services and Housing Special
Programs. Minority Student Services sponsors Ann
Arbor Pow Wow, Lunar New Year Celebration, and
Hispanic Heritage Week. Housing Special Programs
works through the residence hall system in two ways.,.
Minority Peer Advisors work with Resident Advisors
to bring diverse cultural programs to each residence
hall. Another part of Housing Special Programs is
Trotter House. Many minority organizations hold their
events there...One final note. I believe that most
minority students would like to be approached first as
just a fellow human being and not a museum piece. I
would not want a person to talk to me simply because
I might know something about Chinese food. My
culture and heritage are an important part of me, but
first of all I am a person.
Julie Steiner University's Sexual Assault Preven-
tion and Awareness Center director
...We have volunteers in our office. Any student who
wants to get involved in issues of sexism and sexual
assault can become a volunteer. Working on sexual
assault prevention is not just a women's problem...
Deepe Karra UMASC member and LSA senior
They could align themselves with one of the minority
groups on campus... They can have some people to
talk to and interact with so they can get some new
ideas. It's not easy to become political on your own. If
they find other people with similar or even opposed
opinions, it's easier. Be attentive to other groups rather
than ignoring (them). Step outside of your own group,
get involved rather than stay aloof.
Compiled by Anna Senkevitch
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