Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Lealtad-Suzuki Center: Tapas Series and “Clicktivism”

The student leaders and staff of the Lealtad-Suzuki Center (LSC), the programmatic arm of the Department of Multicultural Life (DML).  
The Tapas Series had its first program on September 22nd in the Cultural House.  The topic of discussion was “Clicktivism: Social Media Activism.”  The event featured a social media gallery of posts from the ALS Ice bucket challenge, the Mike Brown shooting in Ferguson, MO, and the Don’t Buy Miss Saigon campaign. We gave attendees notecards to write their thoughts and feelings down about the gallery. CFD Post Doctoral Fellow Juliana Hu-Pegues presented on her own personal activist work on the Don’t Buy Miss Saigon campaign and how she used social media as a tool. We then split into smaller group discussions where we talked about the different uses of social media activism, pros and cons of using it, whether “slacktivism” is an issue or not, and how we could use social media activism in our lives and at Macalester. We reconvened to share what we discussed and brought up questions we had. Students were engaged and interested in the topic and Juliana Hu-Pegues’ work. The overall program was well attended and generated great discussion from the students, faculty, and staff members that attended.

- Kyla Martin '15, Emma Stout '15 and Vivian Liu '17

Established in August 2002, the LSC is the programmatic arm of the Department of Multicultural Life (DML).   The LSC provides a range of services, including intentional multicultural education and campus programming; ongoing training and development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students; and personal consultations to discuss issues of identity exploration and cross-cultural communication.