Across the Mic with Julio Taku – Being a Black Woman at a PWI is Exhausting

By: Julio Taku
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Across the Mic with Julio Taku - Being a Young Businesswoman

This episode, I’m joined by Etlin Flores, creator of the She Is Fierce Project and podcast. She Is Fierce is an online platform geared towards empowering Black women and women of color and highlighting their experiences in predominantly white institutions (PWIs), friendships, relationships and more. On this episode we discuss her experiences at PWIs as a grad student and a member of the university staff. We also discuss the hardships faced by the “overachieving Black girl” and how they maneuver a world that falsely promises them success if they follow conventions, inclusivity in regards to Afro-Latinx women and the importance of creating spaces for yourself when they don’t already exist.

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This episode is sponsored by Anchor: the easiest way to make a podcast.

Julio Taku

Julio Taku

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” - James Baldwin. That quote rings so true for me because of the world we live in today. Oftentimes, the truth is obscured or hidden from us for any number of reasons. This effectively blinds us from getting the full story. I see it as my duty to help clear the blind spots we tend to ignore whether it be in history, modern times or in the future. As a student journalist at Stony Brook University, I am working to contextualize modern events through relevant historical lenses. Nothing exists in isolation and it’s important to understand this when analyzing contemporary issues. This is especially true in matters of culture, race and gender. My work exists to diversify the narratives and stories in journalism. I currently serve as Culture editor at The Stony Brook Press where I do just that and amplify the voices of others. Twitter: @Julio_Taku Facebook: Julio Taku Jr. Instagram: @julio_taku

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