Carnegie Mellon Alum Joshua Abah Featured in New Film by Beyoncé
The work of Carnegie Mellon alum Joshua Abah (Tepper ‘17) has been featured in Beyoncé’s new visual album. Abah’s poem Uncle Sam, which was performed in 2013 at Teach for America’s 1st Annual Alumni Awards and Educators conference in Detroit, can now be heard in Beyonce’s new film, Black is King, available on Disney+. Watch Joshua Abah’s performance of Uncle Sam above!
Call to Action: Where is white supremacy present in your life?
Before we can dismantle racism in our daily lives, we must consider where white supremacy is present in our lives, how we ourselves participate in a white supremacist culture, and how we can subvert those facets of white supremacy. The Center recommends this tool, The Characteristics of White Supremacy by Showing Up for Racial Justice, to help guide this reflection.
Alum Spotlight: Harshini Malli and Michelle Madlansacay Build PassionNet
Harshini Malli (pictured left) and Michelle Madlansacay (pictured right)
PassionNet grew out of a friendship, a common love for education and helping young people, and a lot more time we now had because of quarantine. Our names are Harshini and Michelle, and we are the founders and lead mentors of this organization, as well as recent CMU graduates. We met during our junior year when we were both RAs in Fairfax, and we quickly bonded over making door decorations, watching rom-coms, and seeking different ways to support our communities. During the end of our senior spring, we experienced the successes and failures of online learning ourselves, and also saw the impact the pandemic had on our futures. Michelle is pursuing her master’s degree in education at Harvard remotely for the next year and Harshini is virtually beginning her first job as a Business Analyst. While we were aware of the many challenges that came with virtual learning, we also saw the value in creating online communities to connect students, who would never otherwise meet, that share similar interests in learning about the issues and changes taking place around them. We saw this as both an opportunity for students to become more comfortable with online learning, and to develop and voice their opinions on complex social issues in their surrounding communities.
PassionNet is an organization that we hope will grow to become a network of virtual clubs that can help students discover their passions and motivations to learn. By offering a variety of clubs to explore, we hope that students can particularly learn more about the academic and career opportunities that are out there for them. This summer, we created PassionNet’s first virtual club: Involved Research, which is a program for middle school students to conduct research on social issues that they’re interested in and create projects to inform their communities. Our fifteen wonderful students have created slideshows on Racial Injustice, Climate Change, and Quarantine and Mental Health, as well as a digital booklet titled “The Horrors on the Inside” discussing the conditions in ICE detention centers. We are very excited to see their work in the upcoming Research Symposium on August 6th. Their research can also be found in The PassionNet Journal that can soon be found on our website.
To get involved in the future of PassionNet, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org! We would love to add new mentors to our team as we plan to launch more virtual clubs next summer.
-Harshini Malli and Michelle Madlansacay, CMU '20
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration 2021
Each spring semester, the Center celebrates the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. through the annual writing awards, programs, and lectures. In preparation of the upcoming Celebration, the Center is forming a committee to guide and inform the programming and events. If you are interested in honoring the legacy of Dr. King in an impactful, meaningful way, please fill out our application to participate in this year's Martin Luther Jr. Community Celebration Committee. This opportunity is open to all members of the Carnegie Mellon community.
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The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) National Racial Equality Initiative for Social Justice (NREI) Fellowship applications are open today through August 14, 2020. To learn more and apply for CBCF social justice and other open fellowship opportunities visit: cbcfinc.academicworks.comVisit CMU's coronavirus information page to stay up-to-date on CMU-related news.