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NOT YOUR MODEL MINORITY

Not Your Model Minority

I recently read an opinion piece on New York Times that really resonated with me. It was called “Stop Calling Asian Women Adorable” and the author, R.O. Kwon, wrote about her experience working in professional settings and constantly being called cute or adorable, and even at one point, someone saying that they wanted to adopt…

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PLEASE DON’T QUESTIONS MY PROFESSIONAL TITLE

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I am a person of color. I identify as Black and West Indian, though there are some other ethnicities mixed in there. I am 29 years old, and am often told that I look much younger than I am. Lastly, I am a doctor of audiology: a healthcare professional who can help you with your…

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FINDING COMMUNITY AND PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS IN A NEW STATE

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Since high school I have lived in six cities (one overseas).  These moves have been for educational and job opportunities that have prepared me for my current position as an associate professor of dance, but it wasn’t until this move, to Providence, that I realized that finding community can be challenging.    In my prior…

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BLACK ODYSSEY

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“Black Odyssey” reinforces the need for talent of color. There are creatives working today (really have always been) who need a talent pool of artists of color to bring their visions to life. The talent has always been there, however, the opportunities to show their talent in the professional arena have been stifled by the…

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CHOOSE ALL THAT APPLY

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“What is your race?” Here I am, hoping that the survey I’m taking allows me to choose more than one answer or select “Two or more races”. I define myself as mixed or biracial. My mother is 100% Indian. No, not Native American… INDIAN, from INDIA. My father was white, which I presumed to be…

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HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST

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A lot of racist tropes and ideas seem to be swirling around at a dizzying pace lately. In particular are multiple politicians displaying blackface in their yearbooks or elsewhere and famous actors promoting their latest movie by “coming clean” about seeking a black man to kill as revenge for the sexual assault of a close…

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF KERRY KERR

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In honor of Black History Month, I want to do something a little different. Most of us are familiar with brilliant individuals that shaped Black history and the lives of people of color. For this post, I wanted to focus on something a little different. As an organization driving to ignite change for students of…

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TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND EACH OTHER

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When it comes to this time of year it feels like the air is filled with joy and happiness. The holiday season can be a favorite for many, but others might find this time difficult. There is the added stress of exams for students, special performances for performing artists or even just trying to find…

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REMEMBERING ME

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Hi, my name is Melissa and I am a software engineer. I studied computer science for five years and have worked in the industry for nearly seven. Just over a year ago, I participated in a career panel where I finally understood the importance of representation. This panel was organized by a few of my…

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A CONDENSED JOURNEY OF WHY I’M WITH PAISOC TODAY

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I’m really bad at writing about myself. Scratch that, I’m just really bad at writing and I’m going to do my best to convey my thoughts into this blog post. I never considered myself a Woman of Color until 2015, when a mentor who was also my boss took me under her wing to help…

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