Research shows that American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students have the highest postsecondary dropout rates & lowest postsecondary graduation rates. Research estimates that anywhere from 75-93% of AI/AN students drop out of college before completing their degree.
To the non-traditional students. Students far from home. Students from the rez. Students from smalls towns & urban areas. Students with financial aid & 3 jobs. To students who don’t need financial aid. Students who had to return home. Students who want to return home but can’t just yet. To students with more responsibility than some of our peers will ever understand. To students struggling with mental illnesses, addiction, trauma. Students who have lost the energy. Students who are angry. Students who are tired. To students doing this for their ancestors, for their grandmothers, their parents, their nieces & nephews. To the students proving how hard it is to kill the Indian:
You feel like you do not belong here not because you are not worthy.
You feel like you do not belong here because you do not belong here.
Is this not a remnant of boarding schools where our grand were forced to speak English?
Is this not assimilation?
We will NEVER belong here as long as administrators & officials refuse to critically address the presence of Indigenous people on their campuses.
Colleges & universities that proclaim to uphold values of diversity and inclusion will always fall short when they refuse to address their stake in settler colonialism & the continued dehumanization of Indigenous people on the land that their campuses stand on.
To Native students:
You do not belong here because they never wanted you to be here.
Halito! My name is Judy Fisher and I am a Choctaw woman from Oklahoma and a Feminist and Gender Studies Major (’20). I began my time at CC with Intro to FGS and quickly fell in love with the studies and department. I am thrilled to begin my first year as the editor for The Rag. I would love to increase engagement with this publication and make it more collaborative by creating a few special edition issues in cooperation with student groups concerning various themes, issues, and events, as well as incorporating more multimedia content. I am excited about the possibilities this school year brings for The Rag and I hope you appreciate the issues to come![Photo credit: Clifford Chirwa CC ’20]
This podcast—led and produced by Kai Mesman-Hallman—provides some final reflections on the Block 4 2017 section of Hidden Spaces, Hidden Narratives: Intersectionality Studies in Berlinwith Professor Heidi R. Lewis. Throughout the block, the #FemGeniusesinBerlin have taken walking tours, visited museums and cultural centers, and met with activists and artists in the city to conduct situated examinations of how the identities of marginalized people and communities in Germany (especially in Berlin)—such as Black Germans, Turkish Germans, migrants, refugees, victims of Neo-Nazi terrorism and police brutality, and LGBTQI communities—are constructed, particularly how these constructions are dependent on racism, heterosexism, colonialism, imperialism, and other forms of oppression. Additionally, we examined how these communities resist, reject, revise, and reproduce these narratives as they construct their own subjectivities.
Kai is a junior at Colorado College majoring in Psychology, and is originally from San Diego, CA. She is especially interested in consciousness and the ways our brains’ processing and collecting information can shape our beliefs and thoughts. She spends her free time with her dog and watching conspiracy theory videos.
Joining Kai in her discussion are Uma Scharf—a Baltimore, MD native and junior at Colorado College majoring in Neuroscience, and Drew Ceglinski—a Bath, ME native and junior at Colorado College majoring in Geology.
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This podcast—led and produced by Judy Fisher—examines our Queer Berlin walking tour with Jared Pool. During this tour, we try to understand why Berlin is sometimes considered the “Queer capital of Europe” due to its relationship with gay and lesbian rights despite the history of “Section 175” of the German penal code, which criminalized homosexuality for decades after the end of World War II. The tour takes participants through Schöneberg, the home of Marlene Dietrich that was chronicled by Christopher Isherwood and Otto Dix; the Eldorado, one of Berlin’s oldest gay bars that was frequented by openly gay Nazi SA leader Ernst Röhm; the Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted by the Nazis; and Kreuzberg. It examines the advocacy of Magnus Hirschfeld, whose Institute for Sexual Science was shut down in 1933 and whose library destroyed in the infamous Nazi book-burning; queer figures in the administration of Prussian King Frederick the Great; and openly gay mayor Klaus Wowereit, among others.
Photo Credit: Judy Fisher
Judy Fisher is a Sophomore at Colorado College from Oklahoma. She is a first-generation student, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and is active in the Native American Student Union (NASU) at Colorado College. As a Feminist and Gender Studies major and Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies minor, she has developed a focus on Indigenous Feminism and the different intersections of her own identity as a queer, Native woman from a low income background attending a predominantly white institution (PWI).
Photo Credit: Judy Fisher
Joining Judy in her discussion are Elsa Godtfredsen—a Seattle, WA native and junior at Colorado College majoring in Biology and minoring in Creative Writing, and Dylan Compton—a Tulsa, OK native majoring in Religion and International Affairs with a Chinese language minor.
NOTE: The photo credit for the featured image also belongs to Judy Fisher.
This podcast—led and produced by Caroline Olin—examines our Women’s Perspective walking tour with Pen Hassmann. As noted by Hassmann, Director of Berlin Private Tours, “In this tour, we will take in the main sites of Berlin (as well as some a little more hidden), but we will talk about them from the female perspective. Sites include Rosenstrasse, the Lustgarten, Bebelplatz, the new governement quarter, Hitler’s bunker and much more.”
Photo Credit: Caroline Olin
Caroline is a senior majoring in Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies, and minoring in Feminist and Gender Studies. She takes interest in Japanese-American identity due to her own subjectivity, and also enjoys studying the representation of marginalized identities in literature, music, and popular culture, as well as Indigenous identities, cultures, and histories. Caroline enjoys singing in the B-Side Collective, playing her cello, being lazy, binge-watching Netflix, reading, and leaving her bed as rarely as possible. That said, Caroline is extremely excited to see all of the sights and spaces that Berlin has to offer and actively explore the city.
Photo Credit: Caroline Olin
Joining Caroline in her discussion about the tour are Wynter Scott—a Memphis, TN native and senior at Colorado College double-majoring in Sociology and Political Science, and and Judy Fisher—an Oklahoma native and sophomore at Colorado College majoring in Feminist and Gender Studies.
NOTE: The photo credit for the featured image also belongs to Caroline Olin.