On Wednesday evening, MIXED, a collaborative program created by the Asian American Cultural Center and the Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center, hosted a panel discussion centered around what it is like to come from a mixed heritage, the struggles that come along with it and how to embrace it.
If you ask a student at the University of Connecticut where they attend school, their answer will most likely be “UConn,” with an immediate reference to the campus where they attend. In fact, campus identity appears to be stronger than university identity, particularly among students at the regional campuses. Many students at the Stamford campus for example, have anonymously expressed apathy towards the Storrs campus and its resources because they view them as inaccessible. While each campus has an individual identity, the administrative divisions and academic departments of the entire university are integrated in ways that do not mirror the distinct campus cultures and identities. Therefore, university faculty and students should work towards creating a pan-campus culture and identity that emphasize the integration and accessibility of the university and its resources.
A group of E.O. Smith High School students met with student representatives from the University of Connecticut’s cultural centers on Thursday to engage in civil discourse. The discussion was centered around the role of cultural centers, the echo chamber-like environment they may create and life as a minority on campus.
The meeting, organized by E.O Smith senior Alcy Stiepock Mackay, is part of a larger project to spread the opinions of different groups of people who may not always be heard in the community, Mackay said.