The last year in the U. S. has been a proverbial rollercoaster when it comes to issues of race, anti-immigration, religious intolerance, exploitation of LGBTQ communities, and misogyny (among many others). Rather than wallow in hopelessness and fear, many have risen to the challenges of this historical moment, including students of COMM 454: The Communication of Whiteness. These students have conducted incisive investigations into the myriad of ways that white supremacy remains front and center in the U.S. social and political context and are anxious to share what they have learned. To that end, please join us for the Annual Whiteness Forum on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 12:00–2:00p in the University Student Union (USU) Ballroom at California State University San Marcos. Light refreshments and spoken word performances will also be available for your consumption.
People of all races, genders, abilities, sexualities, and differences awoke on Wednesday, November 9th to a world that is more hostile, intolerant, and violent. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center there have been more than 400 cases of hateful harassment and intimidation in the United States since Election Day 2016. This means that in one week there have been half as many acts of hate as in the entirety of last year. Many of us in the Department of Communication at California State San Marcos have been asking ourselves, “What do we say?” How do we respond to violence, to racism, to sexism, to homophobia, and all other forms of intolerance? We say, ‘¡Ya basta!’ “Enough! We will not sit silently; we will not be intimidated. We will bend our talents and our labor to make the world a safe space for difference.” We are asking you to do the same; to create with us, a space for all people to come together to share ideas, resources, and comfort. Please join us for the Annual Whiteness Forum on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 12:00–2:00p in the University Student Union (USU) Ballroom at California State University San Marcos. Bring your passion, bring your creativity, and bring your stories. Together we will enlist in the struggle for a more just world. Together we will meet division with community, hatred with love, and violence with courage.