Olivia Pearman

There Are No Goalposts

Nov. 10, 2020

Black voices are telling us they are not safe here. That means white people, who enjoy the privileges of whiteness, such as feeling safe where we live, work and play, have a responsibility to demand safety for Black bodies.

Obi Onyeali

That Could Have Been Me

Nov. 10, 2020

The murder of Elijah McClain triggered me more than I ever thought possible. It made me feel the same anxiety I felt 16 years ago as a freshman at CU Boulder.

Essayists

Beyond a Moment, a Movement

Nov. 10, 2020

CU Buffs share experience with racial injustice on campus and illuminate paths toward anti-racism.

Tanya Ellis

Catalyzing Change

Nov. 10, 2020

This edition of the Coloradan calls out unrelenting injustice, and a new chapter in our university’s long history of amplifying student and alumni voices to catalyze change.

JB Banks

Freedom Is Not a Physical Fight

Nov. 10, 2020

Growing up in Hammond, Indiana, near the south side of Chicago in the 1970s was as one might imagine. Less than a decade after the greatest movement of civil rights in the history of America, I was oftentimes in the middle of something that I didn't quite understand.

Tanya Ennis

Breaking Down the Glass Door, Floor and Ceiling

Nov. 10, 2020

Since I was a little girl, people have often told me that I was different from what some folks consider to be the typical Black girl and Black woman. I was smart. I was an exception. For a long time, I’ve resisted this stereotype. Now, I proclaim that all Black girls and Black women are exceptional and smart.

Paris Ferribee

A Blessing and a Curse

Nov. 10, 2020

How will we set the precedent for future generations of BIPOC students and alumni who deserve to thrive at CU, in their careers, and as American and Universal citizens?

Philip Hart

An American Reckoning on Race

Nov. 9, 2020

In quarantine, I’ve realized in addition to a COVID-19 virus vaccine, we desperately need a vaccine for the virus of racism, COVID-1619.

Shamika Goddard

Grace and Dignity through Tech Chaplaincy

Nov. 9, 2020

Born in 1949, on Juneteenth — the day celebrating the end of slavery — my grandmother, one of nine children, could barely read, but she understood the meaning of equity. On her 71st birthday this year, I launched a social justice-minded business to provide technological/digital literacy training to faith communities and mission-driven organizations.

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Fleeing Vietnam

June 1, 2011

A personal essay describing an escape from Vietnam.

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