Articles by Jessica Washington
Africana Studies Department hosts talk on women and archives in HaitiYesterday gender and sexuality historian Grace Sanders Johnson gave a talk on black feminism in relation to Haiti.
Penn students weigh in on #OscarsSoWhiteFor the second year in a row the top four Academy Awards nominees have been white actors and actresses, causing many to question why non-whites in film lack recognition.
Discussion revived on Greek Community BoardA former iteration of the council failed to please administrators because of the proposal to levy sanctions on Greek organizations for instances of cultural insensitivity.
Gutmann's holiday party relocated after rowdy showing last yearAbout a year ago, students disrupted the annual holiday study break at Penn President Amy Gutmann's house with a protest.
Minority student leaders call for more diversity in CAPS staffLast Week Students Organizing for Unity and Liberation, held a protest in solidarity with students at The University of Missouri and Yale, who had been protesting the unfair treatment of minority students on their campus, and in the case of Missouri the failure of the administration to proactively address the issue of racism on their campus.
Huntsman student Debi Ogunrinde receives Canadian Rhodes ScholarshipA second Penn student will go to the U.K. on a Rhodes Scholarship next year.
Yale protests raise familiar questions of free speech and cultural sensitivityPenn's campus is no stranger to protests, and the demonstrations at Yale last week bring up the difficult balance between free speech and cultural sensitivity.
#WeArePhilly: Penn students stand in solidarity with Mizzou and Yale protestsThis Thursday, some Penn students walked out of class at 2:30 p.m. as instructed by a Facebook event promoted by campus minority groups.
Students stack up presidential candidates on minority issuesAlthough nationally the two Democratic presidential front-runners Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have struggled to hold and maintain their favorability among black voters, at Penn students believe both candidates have something to offer black constituents.
Though buzz has died down, SLAP continues its fight for Penn to pay PILOTsLast year, the issue was highly discussed on campus after members of the Student Labor Action Project and Students Organizing for Unity and Leadership organized a protest at Penn President Amy Gutmann’s annual Christmas party.
Proposed Greek judiciary board undergoes changes after admin. backlashAdministrators believed it could potentially violate Penn's free speech policies.
Interracial couples face pressures from withinStudents say much of the pressure comes from within their relationships themselves.
Against expectations, Philadelphia hotels see vacancies during pope visitThe Inn at Penn, the Homewood Suites Hilton and the Sheraton Hotel still have rooms leftover for the Papal Weekend, despite projections that up to 2 million Catholics would be traveling to Philadelphia.
3 activism and diversity-related events this semesterGet involved in activism on campus with these events early in the semester.
Safe spaces for minorities feel limiting to someCultural centers at Penn aim to provide safe spaces for minority students. While many participate, others find them socially limiting.
Protests in Baltimore spark campus discussionThe protests in downtown Baltimore following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray have sparked discussion on campus between students and through social media.
SOUL protests with fake slave auctioning block in front of Phi Delt houseA member of the group stood on a box with plastic chains around her neck, reciting a poem directed at the members of the fraternity, calling them out for their choice to feature a black blow-up sex doll in their holiday photo last December.
Racial comments abound on anonymous polling app WhatsGoodlyWhen the anonymous polling app WhatsGoodly came to campus it caused controversy for claims of cyberbullying.
Activism continues at Penn but remains silent on a major national issueIn late March dash cam footage showing a police officer shooting an unarmed black man in the back sparked national outrage.