Free Enterprise: day 2

This week I find myself smack in the middle of some real life altering changes; things that are beyond my control. Suffice it to say, this writing course was right on time! Day 2 of Free Enterprise — Tuesday 12 July 2016 — Alexis had me and the other participants thinking and writing about concealed…

Free Enterprise: day 1

After finding out that I wouldn’t be making the trip to University of Cambridge, I was extremely down. Like, in the nothing ever works out, hurmph, I’ma just subsist off of chips and cheesecake kind of down. You know what I’m talking about. I mean, it was as though I’d had my dreams dashed, my…

Help Samantha Study in England!

***ANOTHER UPDATE*** Tuesday 12 July 2016: I friends! I recently disabled my YouCaring fundraiser since the trip to Cambridge is canceled. womp womp However, if you previously donated to that fundraiser you should have an email from me in your inbox letting you know what’s what. So, peep that for an update on me. And…

Why I Divorced My Abusive Mother and Why it’s Okay

With both hands, I take one corner each and shake out the blanket to its full length so I can cover my chilled skin. For no reason at all — other than my Ancestors’ will be done — the blanket smells like my grandma. I wonder if it smells like her grandma, too? Would the scent be familiar to any of them…?

RIP Dr. Ronald E. McNair

January 28, 2016 marked the 30 year anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion. As a member of the 2015 cohort of Portland Sate University McNair Scholars, I think of Dr. Ronald E. McNair often; a legacy that I take very seriously. One of my favorite facts about him was that he took his saxophone…

Alexis Pauline Gumbs on Audre Lorde

“The future deserves a present where our truths were spoken.” -Alexis Pauline Gumbs, on Audre Lorde Collage, featuring Audre Lorde, created by Alexis Pauline Gumbs.

Queer Students of Color Conference 2015 Community Report Back

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” ~ African Proverb Acknowledgements Huge shout out to our keynotes, Fabian Romero and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha; all the volunteers; all the workshop presenters; the ASL interpreters; the Queer Resource Center staff; local restaurants, Thai Cottage, Basha’s, and Chipotle for feeding…

Thoughts on the Audience for my Research

Who is my audience and how much can I expect them to know? Beyond the McNair staff, my cohort, and mentors; my audience is other community organizers, people who work with girls of color, and people who are invested in youth-adult partnerships. These people will have a special interest in my topic because of their…

***dance break***

“Losing You” by Solange is probably my all time favorite break up song. Also, peep the outfits!

Zora Neale Hurston

“If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston

McNair Research Topic: Sisters in Action for Power & Youth-Adult Partnerships

When people in Portland ask me what I’m studying as the focus of my McNair research, I tell them this: I’m doing a case study of the non-profit organization, Sisters in Action for Power, and their TriMet campaign because I want to know how community organizing work and youth-adult partnerships affected the girls who participated in…