When Lunch Makes the Headlines: a poem by Kate Verser

As a white female the only thing I really understood about racism is “Yeah, it exists” But I never felt the sharp edge of that knife until the day my black friend asked me to go to lunch with her We walked in this tiny restaurant that smelled of coffee and exclusion and the hostess … [Read more…]

Books, Movies, and Action Steps to Stop Racism

Action How to be an anti-racist ally Shaun King’s 25-part plan to reducing police brutality in America The safety pin: a simple but effective show of solidarity (but if you’re going to wear the safety pin, actually be willing to stand up!) Bystander’s guide to standing up to harassment A list of pro-women, pro-immigrant, pro-earth, anti-bigotry … [Read more…]

Upcoming Events – Disrupting Racism

SLAM THE STIGMA: OUr Mental Health Open Mic When: Tuesday, November 29th at 7PM Where: Meacham Auditorium in the Union Focused on the central theme of mental health awareness, this event will feature poetry, prose, personal experiences, art, and music from the OU community.           Be There: Dance Show When: Wednesday … [Read more…]

Call for submissions on Disrupting Racism at OU by November 18

Our November issue, “Disrupting Racism at OU,” will be about how OU students, faculty, and staff can take action to disrupt and challenge racism on campus. We want to hear about your experiences with racism (especially at the university), and it’s tremendously important that the community hears them as well. These can include personal stories, … [Read more…]

Mental Health at OU | October 18, 2016 | Volume 2, Issue 1

Table of Contents Cover Story: Mental Health and Why it Matters Upcoming Events – Mental Health Article: Why OUr Mental Health is Important on Campus (Student) Poem: Undulation, by Ashley Jeffalone Art: Men-acholia, by Scout Anvar Article: A Lost Black Grad Student’s Starfish Story (Student) Article: 3 Words of Advice for Anyone Dealing with Depression (Student) … [Read more…]

A Lost Black Grad Student’s Starfish Story

My favorite collection of essays is The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley. I have found comfort in the story “The Star Thrower” in the collection because it tells of a starfish that washed ashore and needed someone to throw it back in the ocean before the tide came in. Just like that starfish, I have experienced … [Read more…]

Being Flexible in a Demanding World: A Professional’s Perspective

Life is hard. For everyone. It’s easy to forget this because we minimize our own challenges by playing the “but who has it worse?” game. We can always win that game by pointing out starving children in developing Country X, our sister’s friend who’s dealing with Y, or those people on the news suffering from Z. Our problems … [Read more…]

What Does Self-Care Look Like? A student’s reflection

Health, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), is “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” The way we care for ourselves, and promote our health, is not just about keeping our bodies functioning, but about experiencing a high quality of life. We … [Read more…]

Asphyxiation – a poem by Carey Flack

“How does it feel to be back in America?” My friend Alex asked me in awe. I almost thought she asked what it felt like to be Black in America. In that case, I would’ve said “frustrating”. I guess I heard her wrong for a quarter of a second, though. Alex figured that 30 days in Jamaica would’ve made me … [Read more…]

Balancing Dating with Mental Health

The night I met Grayson was one I will never forget. I had been a social recluse after my diagnoses for depression and anxiety summer of my junior year. I spent all my free time in counseling at Goddard, sleeping, or attending class, so the fact I had felt human enough to go to my … [Read more…]