You're in class and there is a particular student that is hindering your learning because of their actions in class or around campus. Your grades are not where you want them to be because someone is effecting how you perform in class and you don't know what to do. Don't fret because you are not alone and there are many others that feel the same way as you. Many people around the world continuously are being discriminated in the classroom by; teachers, classmates, and even friends knowing that it is illegal. However, it is time to stand up to them, take back your dignity and push pass the adversity that is causing you to be great. How do you do that? Well that is a great question. Here are some steps to apply in your life to let those around you know what you will and will not accept. Start today with getting your life back:

 1. Embrace Your Beauty and Strength. "Find ways to embrace and celebrate your identity—the strength and beauty of you being you. Read books, talk to people, and go to identity-affirming events. Call upon trusted friends and relatives, people with a healthy sense of self, for support. Also consider seeking the help of a trained professional in your area to create solutions custom-fit to your particular situation and needs." 

2. Take Good Care of Yourself and Learn to Cope. "One of the best ways you can fight discrimination is by taking good care of yourself. Your survival is not just important; it’s an act of revolution. Make your life revolutionary by exercising, eating healthy, and finding ways to de-stress every day." 

3. Stand Up For Yourself. "Let others know how their words and actions have affected you and those you care about. Fight for your rights. In order to effect change, people need to be made aware that a problem exists." Speaking up for yourself lets others know that you are not allowing their behavior to continue in your life. Of course do not disrespect the teacher or do it in front of the entire classroom, but definitely speak to that person directly. 
 4. Strategize and Know the Consequences Before You Act. "There truly is a time for daring and a time for caution, and an intelligent person knows the difference. Weigh the costs and benefits and decide for yourself what you’re able, and willing, to do. Take stock of yourself. Capitalize on your strengths, and put a plan in motion to compensate for your weaknesses. Do your best to protect yourself and others and to minimize risk. Timing is critical. Strategize carefully to achieve maximum impact." 

 5. Reach Out and Organize. "Don’t go it alone. People really are stronger, and safer, when they stand together. Mobilize your friends, family, and co-workers. We’re stronger when we stand together, share our stories, and make our voices heard. Uniting with others who face a similar situation as you do can help you obtain the resources and social support you need to survive. They can even give you a base to mobilize should you decide to organize and fight for your rights." 

        People to talk to on campus:

                                                        Pedro Valentine- Dean of Diversity and Inclusion

                                                        Erika Naes- Associate Dean of Student Success & Academic Advising

                                                        Marcos Gilmore-Associate Vice President for Community Life and Student Success

                                                        Mosaic members

                                                        Black Student Union members

                                                        Student Government-GSGA

Remember that YOU are in control of your success but you can't go at it alone. We have people here to help you succeed and be the best version of yourself. 


Stokes, DaShanne, and DaShanne Stokes. “Top 5 Ways to Overcome Discrimination.” HuffPost, HuffPost, 7 Dec. 2017,