Carrying the weight with beauty-A Graduation Platica

06/0719 Carrying the weight with beauty-A Graduation Platica
Topic: Graduation, Community,  education, Chicana
Participants: Marlene Rios Hernandez, Kathrine Lucia Maldonado, Bricely Martinez Chavez, Gabriel Andres Guzman, Arlene Cano Matute
Broadcast Air Date: 06/07/19
Time: 5:15 PM (PST)
Station: KUCR 88.3 FM Riverside, CA
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Segment produced in KUCR, the radio station of the University California in Riverside.

Disclaimer: The views expressed are the sole responsibility of the respective speakers and do not represent the endorsed position of the UC Regents, UC Riverside or KUCR.

Discussion Topics:
– How do we prepare to graduate from UC Riverside?
– What does the graduation regalia mean?
– What are the different communities of support that have led us this graduation?
– How do we give credit to the multiple people that have instilled the tools to continue  to our school degrees?
– Who participates in the 47th Chicana Latina Graduation ceremony?
– We carry our family, friends and loved ones on to the graduation stage.
– Reflecting on all the hard work and sacrifices that culminate in a graduation carries a lot of weight.
– How do we carry the weight of schooling with beauty?
– Why is graduate school isolating?
– How do we deal with the guilt of being marked as different from family and friends that did not receive a university degree?
– Can we go back home after graduating?
– How do we find balance in recognizing the accomplishment of attaining a Bachelors, Masters and or PhD degrees without appropriating the inequality of institutional and educational hierarchies?
– Why do we tuck away our suffering while on our educational journey?
– Do we push ourselves harder because of the sense of responsibility to the people that help us get to college?
– How do schools push many of us out by applying labels of prejudice?
– How do we give credit to our growth and contributions?
– We can share our stories through our speaking and our writing?
– Is the university system available to students that have experienced a previous incarceration?
– Are gang injunctions an exterior form of incarceration?
– How does our participation transform historically exclusive institutions into more welcoming spaces for everyone?

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