One of the difficult behind-the-scenes parts of RAPP is selecting the which students will be on the facilitation teams for RAPP's programs. Each year now we receive far more applications from students with great skills and desire for ongoing learning than we have spots that we can effectively support.
This year, we had 22 applicants for only 11 spots. The candidates brought a wide range of experiences, wisdom, and desired learning. Through many hours of work individually reading applications and conversing about the teams, our selection team built the teams below. Please join me in appreciating the folks who did this work: Brice Mickey, Jojo Azevedo, Marquez White, Sam Foltz, Sid Thatham, and Tianshu Lu.
Accelerating Racial Justice 2014 Team
Eric Muenchen, Peer Leader
Diamond Penn, Peer Leader
Meg Groat, Student Worker/Facilitator
Mia Lawrie, Student Facilitator
Siva Nagi Reddy Inturi, Peer Leader
RAPP XXX Team
Bridge Parham, Peer Leader
Jacob Harnist, Peer Leader
Shawnee Haslon, Peer Leader
Tristen Hall, Student Worker/Facilitator
Ali Davis, Student Worker/Facilitator
Julie Nemitz, Student Worker/Facilitator
Accelerating Racial Justice 2015
Daycia Harley, Student Worker/Facilitator
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Thursday, May 22, 2014
The national Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Basebuilding Team is hosting a teleconference discussion featuring Judy Richardson and Betty Garmin Robinson, racial justice activists and co-editors of the new book Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC.
This interactive discussion is designed to support white anti-racist activists who are working for racial justice by sharing some historical framework, discussing the role of white people in the work, and identifying past & present challenges.
Join RAPPORT in participating in this event! Feel free to call in from where you're at or join us in 671A Steger Student Life Center for a small group listening together.
For more information, check out the event on Campus LINK!
Sunday, May 18, 2014
This morning, Toni Rodriguez passed away after a many years long battle with cancer. Toni was a member of RAPP XI and continual supporter & contributor to RAPP.
Memories of Toni & her impact are being shared on her Facebook and on a special page. I'll post information about remembrances as I hear them.
Toni was one of the first RAPPers I connected with online after starting in my role as Program Coordinator. She first messaged with me after I posted on Facebook a series scanned photos from RAPP's first decades. She was positive and delighted that we were continuing the work.
Toni was already battling cancer at this time. She wasn't able to make the trip to our 25 Year Reunion, but contributed greatly to it by promoting it to her peers and sending many optimistic messages. She also contributed greatly to RAPP's rebranding in 2009-10 - she spread the word, she gave encouraging messages, and thoughtful feedback.
One of my favorite memories of Toni is an annual interaction I looked forward to each year. When I would post on Facebook about upcoming group photos, she would always encourage every member to make sure they were there. She would joke about her younger self's decision to do something else instead of be in the photo.
I know that I am one of thousands who will miss Toni, her encouragement, her support, and her strength. Her impact on all around her will be remembered for a very long time to come.
|Toni is second from the left in this snapshot from a RAPP XI retreat.|
|RAPP XI - Every year, Toni would laugh and question why her younger self had missed her group photo.|
|A recent photo of Toni.|