Academic INclusion: Undoing Marginalization THE ART WORK & QUOTES ADDRESS THE QUESTION HOW ARE THE UC BUDGET CUTS AND STUDENT FEE HIKES AFFECTING OUR CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY? JAN 11- FEB 9, 2010 MU ART LOUNGE We want to invite you to check out the exhibit, “Undoing Marginalization,” at the Art Lounge, 2nd floor, MU (see below for details). The dramatic rise in fees the UC system has encountered recently inspired this exhibit in an effort to document resistance to increases as well as raise awareness of the issue.
We invite you to visit the exhibit because we want you to remember. Time has passed since the Regents voted to raise student fees. It appears that everything is back to usual; students registering for classes, buying books, etc. However, we have to remember that just last quarter peers who sat next to us in class are not registering for classes nor buying books. They aren’t sharing this quarter with us because they are affected by the increases to the extent of dropping out. Remember that we are facing another increase (the second part of the 32%). This means a continued loss of our peers.
Because we are still enrolled as students, we are privileged. Because of this privilege, it is time for us to create change for our lost peers and for the future generations that might not have access to the education we have access to.
We are in this institution of higher learning because someone before us fought to make sure we made it. We know some of you claim that only your hard work got you into college. Some of you might also think you are unaffected by the increases because you receive financial aid. Keep in mind that financial aid is a privilege also. One that will soon be eliminated because it is provided to underrepresented communities. Take note of the discussion regarding the elimination of Cal Grants.
Therefore, we need to rethink these notions. In honor of those who fought before us and for those who will continue to fight, we need to join the struggle. We need to stop thinking selfishly and fight for future generations.
Even if you do not think of yourself as a “leader,” we are all students with the ability to help one another. Change comes from everyone’s passion and drive, not just from our so-called “leaders.” You have the opportunity to create change right now. Don’t sleep on it! “Be the change you want to see in the world.”