DADT is Out!

December 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

Way overdue, but happily welcomed!¬† ūüôā

In a historic vote for gay rights, the Senate agreed on Saturday to do away with the military’s 17-year ban on openly gay troops and sent President Barack Obama legislation to overturn the Clinton-era policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Anne Flaherty, Associated Press

[Click here to read the article in full.]


Human Rights Day: Speak up, Stop discrimination

December 10, 2010 § 1 Comment

United Nations Human Rights Council logo.

Image via Wikipedia

Human Rights Day 2010 on 10 December recognizes the work of human rights defenders worldwide who act to end discrimination.

Acting alone or in groups within their communities, every day human rights defenders work to end discrimination by campaigning for equitable and effective laws, reporting and investigating human rights violations and supporting victims.

While some human rights defenders are internationally renowned, many remain anonymous and undertake their work often at great personal risk to themselves and their families.”

The United Nations on Human Rights Day


December 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

Starting up and on the move: check out A Film Series Project! I’ll be updating in the weeks to come as more details are put together, switched around, plotted out, and finalized! Very exciting ūüôā

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal Fails in the Senate

December 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

Unfortunately, the fight to repeal the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy which bans¬†gay troops¬†from openly serving in the army, has failed to pass in the Senate at a 57-40 test vote, 3 votes short of the 60 needed to advance. Senate Republicans blocked the legislation which would repeal the out-dated policy placed on U.S troops back in 1993.

As someone who is not an American citizen, or even a resident of this country, I know it’s a¬†difficult place for me to disclose my disgust on the matter. I am not a Political Science expert, nor am I knowledgeable on U.S¬†military operation matters concerning how to best protect the troops. However, this is a violation on human rights, and that is what disgusts me. It’s a¬†sad day when equality of ALL is banned.


Where do you stand?

November 30, 2010 § 1 Comment

The World Values Survey is a place to learn more about values and cultural changes in societies all over the world. An interactive graph on the Globe & Mail website allows you to see the tallied 2005-2008 results by country, of the percentage of people who would not like to live next to people of a different religion, an unmarried couple, homosexuals, people of a different race, etc. Highlighted in red is Canada, and highlighted in blue is the United States.

It’s interesting to see the varied answers of the respondents given in this survey, and see whereabouts you stand in comparison to countries around the globe.

A Film Series Project

November 10, 2010 § 1 Comment

The University Library Diversity Council and myself, the current 2010/2011 Diversity Scholar, are hoping to put together a film series for the upcoming 2011 Spring semester and onwards. Films will vary in genre, but will follow the mission of promoting, presenting, and highlighting the discussion of diversity on all levels.

The idea of this project is to cover the grounds for discussion and awareness that diversity exists here at IUPUI. We are not a campus of racially segregated bodies, nor religiously segregated bodies; we are not LGBT vs. the Heteros; and we should not be separated by our field of study. A university campus needs to recognize that the student body is a student body made up of all cultural and educational backgrounds, and this film series is hoping to raise awareness to that discussion rather than invite each categorical group one-at-a-time into the mesh of things.

Do you have film ideas that you would like to see? Are you a part of a student organization or any organization who would like to join in? I want your ideas!

The “It Gets Better” project has brought up a national video campaign for gay youth. Now, Let’s bring the discussion home.

November 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

In light of the recent headlines focusing on the continuing problem of bullying, celebrities, public figures, and everyday folk took to joining a video campaign called, “It Gets Better.” These videos encourage youth, in particular, to seek help and guidance as a way to deal with the increase in violence and bullying that they experience on numerous levels. In addition, the discussion on this topic has put the focus on the families and parents of both¬†parties – the bullies and¬† the victims – as well as the teachers in schools and administration to start paying attention to the fact that this is a problem much larger than what it seemed to be¬†10 to 20 years ago. Bullying has changed a lot, and has become much more evil spirited, cruel, and tormenting, and it still exists in the world of adults, not just the youth.

So the question is, how are people getting involved in this discussion? How are schools taking charge? From checking out the news boards here on the IUPUI campus, there is some discussion. There have been small rallies to discuss the issues with bullying outside of dormitory halls; the school has sent out formal and official letters reminding of the policies of zero-tolerance towards bullying; student groups have formed to visually discuss the problems through imagery.

What else can be done? Schools of all levels need to keep up with a steady plan for discussion on the topic of violence and discrimination. Announcements are good; so are rallies. But, what about in 5 months when perhaps this topic is no longer in the headlines? Will the discussions still persist? I feel as if there need to be an annual or even bi-annual address or event that occurs to remind people of the levels of respect and responsibility, and that the school does support its students and staff. Administration need to bring this up more Рuniversity annual reports show that disrespect is highly present on all levels when it comes to discrimination towards minorities and religious groups alike. Schools need to show that they support ALL of their students and staff, and not just in the times of need, but all of the time.

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