These Are The Things No One Tells You: On Navigating PWI’s and What Comes After

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 6:00pm to 7:30pm

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Join us January 27th, 2021, 6-7:30PM, for Soraya's Membreno's virtual talk recounting the experience of attending a predominantly white institution as a first-generation immigrant. Full of all the things no college counselor will tell you, participants will be encouraged to enter into open dialogue about the details of assimilation, feelings of tokenization, fitting into a new environment while still maintaining ties to home, and how being fully yourself can be an act of radical resistance.

Soraya Membreno is a daughter of Nicaraguan immigrants and a pre-Lebron Miami local. An astrophysics geek turned cultural/literary theory junkie, she eventually settled on an English major from Williams College. She obsesses (and occasionally writes) about issues of accessibility, representation, and culture-straddling/identity building in literature and academia. Her writing has appeared in Catapult, Post No Ills, and The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. Her professional background includes editing and production at Union Station Magazine, development for various literary nonprofits including Poets & Writers and Cave Canem, and orchestrating public call-outs for gender parity at GenderAvenger. She is currently hiding from winter in Los Angeles.

Please register online prior to January 25th at 11:59PM to receive the link and information about how to participate.

Brought to you by Ohio University's Women's Center, the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, and OHIO's AAUW Student Group.

Event Details

  • Claudia Consuelo Cisneros Mendez
  • Faustina Mensah
  • Augustina Juliana Ortsin Mends
  • Kelly Lambers

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Register by January 25 at 11:59PM. You will receive an email on January 26 with the link to participate via Microsoft Teams.

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