“Exploring Mental Health in the APIDA Experience” was a panel and small group discussion in which members of NC State’s Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community shared their perspectives on the intersections between their identities and mental health, and unpacked the ideas surrounding mental illnesses in their community.The discussion was a part of APIDA Heritage Month and hosted by the Counseling Center and Mental Health Ambassadors on April 1 in Witherspoon Student Center.
Immigration has become a hot topic under the current presidential administration of the United States. Swift changes in our nation’s immigration policies have resulted in high amounts of media attention regarding immigration and the immigrant experience. However, the immigrant narrative displayed by major media publications seems to be dominated by the stories of brown Latinx immigrants from Central and Latin America. While this narrative serves as representation for the majority of the United States’ Latinx immigrant population, it severely neglects and underrepresents the experiences of black immigrants. According to the Pew Research Center, there are approximately 4.2 million black-identifying immigrants in the United States, and this population is steadily increasing. These immigrants often migrate from the Caribbean and Africa.Despite the growing presence of black immigrants in the United States, their underrepresentation in the media has remained the same and the lack of media representation for these immigrant groups has had lasting effects on black immigrant youth.
“I teach German.” That’s how assistant professor Michelle Eley responds when strangers ask, “What do you do?” But those three words are a vast oversimplification of the complexity Eley’s work brings to German studies. Eley is an assistant professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures who teaches courses in German and film studies. She studies how the linguistics of films reveal cultural understandings of national identity, race, ethnicity and gender.
On Wednesday, Feb.13, students gathered on the third floor of Talley Student Union to partake in a pop-up museum entitled AfroFunk: Culture in Motion. The event, organized by the Multicultural Student Affairs, featured art, music and food.
In observance of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, the Women’s Center, Student Health Services and Counseling Center hosted a screening and discussion of “The Illusionists” (dir. Elena Rossini, 2015), a documentary that examines the relationship between the media, capitalism, beauty and self-image from a global perspective.
The opening of “The Politicization and Sexualization of Black Bodies” exhibition was held on Feb. 11 in Witherspoon Student Center. The exhibition features the artistic works of NC State students, faculty and staff that tell their counternarratives and experiences of self-image and acceptance within higher education and historically white institutions.
Dr. Kami Kosenko is an associate professor at NC State and has taught courses on human and sex communication. In an email interview, Kosenko spoke about her latest work on the sources of uncertainty in infertility and what not to say to someone who is trying to conceive.
On Feb. 7, Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown delivered the College of Humanities and Social Sciences spring 2019 diversity lecture on the importance of diversity and inclusion within law enforcement. Graduating from East Carolina University in 1987 with a degree in criminal justice, Deck-Brown joined the Raleigh Police Department (RPD) with the intent to help better serve her new community. While in Raleigh, she would go on to earn her master’s degree in public administration from NC State.