We are at a crucial time in history when people are speaking out against harassment, assault, abuse, and the misuse of power. Inspired by the #MeToo Movement and the 2017 Time Magazine Person of the Year, the goal of this room was to visually demonstrate a stand in solidarity with those who are breaking the silence in our community.
As a campus, we say that no one should ever be in fear of mistreatment of any kind. But if someone hurts you, you will be heard. We will listen, and then we will do something about it.
Are you being bullied? Or, are you a bully? Eighty-seven percent of today’s youth have witnessed cyberbullying, while 72 percent of youth have reported cyberbullying that attacked their physical appearance.
Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else through electronic communication. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior.
Who are we, those who created this room? We are EdCAP (Edmonds Career Access Program) students. We are all different colors, all different genders – or no gender at all – all different ethnic backgrounds, speaking many languages and celebrating many different holidays. We have religious beliefs of all kinds or no religious belief at all. We are all differently abled. We are smart in many different ways. We are working and in school or just in school. We are at that age where others may be taking care of us. We may be taking care of others, or we may be alone. Our ages are 16 years old to 21, so we are still learning how to make sense of it all. Often when we are faced with a choice, people or circumstances really give us no choice.
We want the same things you do. You’ve seen us, you may be one of us. The cards in the photo above are barriers we've faced in our young lives that have given us little choice. Take a few seconds to take them in. Think about which of those barriers you may have encountered.
Legacy of education in Native communities
Between 1860 and 1978 hundreds of thousands of Native children were forcefully removed from their families and communities and taken to Christian government operated boarding schools, mission schools, labor schools, and day schools. Many children died in these schools.
What does poverty look like in the U.S.? Participants were encouraged to "step into someone else's shoes" by reading true stories from those living in poverty or lacking the usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions.
Seeking a better life
Journeys can be both exciting and frightening. Imagine how immigrants might have felt about leaving their homeland, the long and difficult trip, and then the cultural shock.
More than 12.5 million undocumented people live in the U.S.
They contribute to society, but they do not get many of the benefits of being a U.S. citizen. There are only a few ways for immigrants to become legal U.S. citizens, but the process can be intimidating and take up to 10 years.
Time is only one barrier to citizenship. Due to other barriers, including high costs, many immigrants avoid the legal process, in hopes that their contributions to society will allow them to stay.
96, and owning it
Iris Apfel is a 96-year-old American business woman, interior designer, fashion icon ... and if that's not enough – a self-proclaimed "geriatric starlet." Read more in W magazine's story, Iris Apfel Turns 96: A Look Back At the Fashion Icon's Most Delightfully Eccentric Looks.
You have to try it. You only have one trip, you've got to remember that. –Iris Apfel
80-year-old bodybuilder started working out at 56
"Every single morning Ernestine Shepherd wakes up at 2:30 a.m., embarks upon a 10-mile walk and then heads to the gym at 7:30 a.m. where she continues to work out and lead exercise classes until 11:30 a.m." Read more about Ernestine's fitness journey in the Independent's story.
The graffiti table offered our Triton community a space to express thoughts and reflect on the journey through the tunnel through writing or drawing.
It starts with awareness.
We hope this exhibit will spark healthy and vigorous discussion among participants, and ultimately will lead to a deeper understanding and appreciation of how various members of our community cope on a daily basis with the intersections that are an integral part of their identities. –Tunnel of Intersections committee