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."
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
Black Student Union members
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, www.huffpost.com/entry/top-5-ways-to-overcome-di_b_7948058.