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Two students, current and alumni, shared their experiences with racism in interviews
Victor Corona, 21, a current student at CSUSB, was a freshman his communications class when he experienced what he feels is discrimination for being Mexican.
Corona explained that his class split into smaller groups to do an icebreaker activity, and he was in a group of predominately White students.
"I have four kids," read the icebreaker that someone in Corona's group had written down.
According to Corona, his group members immediately thought it was his icebreaker, lightly mocking him for it. In that moment, he admits he felt stereotyped for something he couldn't control but is proud of being, Mexican.
"I guess there’s this thing about Mexicans having big families, they assumed I was the one with four kids," said Corona.
Polet Milan, 27, Diversity and Inclusion Resource analyst at Human Resources, said that there are dangerous stereotypes in the world and that people alike should learn to dismantle them.
Corona wishes he had done something about it, but at the time he reacted by laughing, even though it offended him, and to this day he chooses to move past it.
He also didn't know that he could report it at the time, and he also didn't know the proper place to report it to.
When asked, other CSUSB student's didn't know where to report incidents of racism either. Daisy Vazquez, 20, current student said, "I would think campus police handled those things."
Rojas said her experience occurred her freshman year, when an older, White student attempted to flirt with her. She recalls speaking Spanish amongst her friends when he interrupted to complimented her hair.
The student asked Rojas for her phone number, she didn’t want to give him it, that upset him and he said, “you’re just like every Latina, you’re feisty!”
Current student Cynthia Duran, 20, said she’s tired of the sexualization and stereotypes Latin(o/a)s face, from film to real life encounters.
Duran shared similar feelings to Rojas, but also admits she wouldn’t know what to do in a situation where she was actually stereotyped.
Rojas, at the time, felt her situation didn’t need anymore attention than it already received, so she let it go, not thinking much of it. After a few academic quarters she enrolled for a race and racism class on campus, where she learned about micro-aggressions.
Rojas understood that what she experienced her freshman year was just that, a micro-aggression, fueled by a stereotype.
She explained that she didn’t report it for a couple of reasons, the biggest was because she didn’t feel like anything would be done, in regards to consequences.
Rojas said that a proper consequence – if not already in place – could be making whoever was racist to take a workshop or even the race and racism class offered at CSUSB.
Current student Dan Haro, 21, offered his own form of racism prevention.
Haro stated that, “if we had something similar to the Title XI online program all students have to take every year, but for racial discrimination, that’d probably reduce whatever racism we do have on campus.”
According to many students, including Corona, Rojas and Haro, CSUSB does not have a racism problem, in fact, students explained how much they admire the diversity and how the campus celebrates it.
Duran mentioned an event for intersectional women in higher education, where a panel of women of color spoke on their struggles with discrimination by colleagues. She explained it was a great way to speak on racism within higher education.
Holmquist said that although she is new to the campus, she loves that students and faculty alike have access to over 150 clubs/organizations on campus that celebrate diversity, like the Cross Cultural Center, Black Student Union and many more.
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