Fighting for a Cause

By: Matt Gowel Over the past week, I have completed the onboarding process for my internship at ARCC. There were a couple of things that stuck out to me. Specifically,…
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The Importance of Education

By: Selma Ulm My grandfather always said “they can take everything, but they can’t take your education.” As a Palestinian, holding onto as much knowledge as possible was instilled in…
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Anyone Can Become an Anti-Racist

By: Sadie Nichols In my exploration of the ARCC’s content for my onboarding for my Summer Internship position at the ARCC one episode of the ARCC’s podcast, “The ARCC of…
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Racial Bias in Organizations

By: Ava Kruszewski This week, after exploring the ARCC’s website and content I learned how prevalent ethnicity bias is in organizations. One way we may see this is with organized…
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Included in the ARCC

By: Elliot Grenier I’m proud to be involved with the ARCC, especially after the first week on the job was up. I started this summer with a talk with Donzel…
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My Favorite Organization I Have Ever Worked With

By: Hayley Gallagher Working with ARCC over the past few months has been an extremely enriching experience, and has taught me a lot about Anti-racism along with giving me the…
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Supported and Appreciated: My Internship at ARCC

By: Olivia Byers I am eternally grateful for the semester spent as the Fundraising and Executive Support Intern for the Anti-Racism Commitment Coalition. Coming into the foundation as a political…
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Gratitude for an Incredible Internship at ARCC

By: Emi Pang As a recent SDSU graduate, I am so thankful to have worked with ARCC in my last semester! It was such an enriching experience and I loved…
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Making a Difference: My Internship at ARCC

By: Laura Beltrán My time as the fundraising intern for ARCC was nothing short of amazing; not only was I able to dive deeply into the world of non-profits, but…
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Missing POC Stories Matter

By: Kayla Gould When I was going through ARCC’s portfolio of content whether it was podcasts, DeepDive’s, blogs, social media posts, etc. I found that I was able to take…
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The Importance of Representation in Healthcare

By: Emma Johnson One of the main reasons I applied for and accepted this internship was to learn more about social inequality and to think critically about how what I…
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Latino Imposter Syndrome

By: Emily Peacock As a teenager in 1960s Hollister, CA with colloquial Spanish as her only language, my grandma was abruptly thrown into an English-only secondary school. It was there…
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Asian American Representation in Politics

By: Remi Shirayanagi Throughout this past week, as I completed the onboarding process for my internship at ARCC, I learned about many perspectives and facets of Anti-Racism. I listened to…
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Learning with Others

By: Chris Griffith This week I’ve had the pleasure to be onboarded and begin my internship at the Anti-Racist Commitment Coalition. I’ve had the opportunity to meet with great people,…
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You Can’t Discuss Reverse Racism Without Understanding Racism

By: Sasha Legagneur “Do you think a Black person can be racist to a white person?”. This is a question that fascinated me during my freshman year of college. I…
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Applications of Racism: Activism Through Education with ARCC

By: Val Li As an Emory student, healthcare has been at the forefront of my mind regardless of how seemingly removed my personal endeavors are from the field. So when…
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ARCC Gives Me Hope

By: Sam Conway Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, the son of an educator, I have seen firsthand a system ravaged by underfunding, prejudice, and racism. Bias in educational and professional…
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Imagining Liberation This Juneteenth

By: Selma Ulm This Juneteenth, I have been thinking a lot about the word “liberation.” On the 159th anniversary of the liberation of enslaved people in Galveston Texas by Union…
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USJD finds that MPD engaged in Systemic Racially Biased Policing and Unlawful Use of Force

The US Justice Department recently released its report on its investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department, initiated after the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer aided and…
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Anti-Racism in Practice: Brief Lessons from Research

By: Laila Hopkins “Don’t let anybody, anybody convince you this is the way the world is and therefore must be. It must be the way it ought to be.” These…
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A Great James Baldwin Quote for you this 4th

By: Selma Farsakh Ulm In his 1955 collection of essays, titled Notes of a Native Son, James Baldwin states “I love America more than any other country in this world,…
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Reflecting on July 4th: An Unfulfilled Promise of Equality

As fireworks light up the sky and barbecues sizzle in backyards, Americans come together every July 4th to celebrate Independence Day. This holiday marks the signing of the Declaration of…
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ARCC’s Personal Transformation Course & What I’ve Learned So Far

By: Kayla Gould It is a privilege to be a part of the ARCC team. While I have been an intern with this non-profit I have been able to go…
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A reminder on the 4th of July

By: Emma Johnson The 4th of July is a day to celebrate freedom and independence from the United Kingdom. It remembers the ratification of the Declaration of Independence and the…
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Recognizing Racist Roots During Independence Day

By: Kayla Gould Having been asked to think about what an anti-racist Fourth of July looks like was a question I had not thought about before working with ARCC. I…
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Equalizing the Two Independence Days

Summary: Now that Juneteenth is a federal holiday, it is important that we give it the attention that we do the 4th. While I have the fondest memories of the…
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The Model Minority Myth and Interracial Group Tensions

The model minority myth has been a widely discussed sociological phenomenon, but like everything discussed at ARCC, it is a small piece of a much larger picture. To reiterate, the…
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What I have Learned Throughout my Journey in ARCC

I feel very honored to be a part of ARCC. I have learned so much in the last three weeks, whether it is something new or I need to be…
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Having an Ant-Racist Fourth of July

By: Ava Kruuszewski To me, an anti-racist Fourth of July means a day when people celebrate with their family or friends and come together to honor independence today. Not just…
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Imagining Liberation This Juneteenth

This Juneteenth, I have been thinking a lot about the word “liberation.” On the 159th anniversary of the liberation of enslaved people in Galveston Texas by Union troops, I am…
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Love, Your Black Skin

Summary: From childhood, many Black girls and boys find trouble in loving the skin they were born in. This Juneteenth, it is important for those born with this beautiful Black…
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The Intersection Between Patriotism and Activism

By: Remi Shirayanagi The Fourth of July is often celebrated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, and a strong feeling of national pride. However, this day also serves as an opportunity to…
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Juneteenth for All

Juneteenth is a valuable time for any American to kick back and enjoy the company of friends, family, and strangers, as well as appreciate our shared history and hard-won freedoms.…
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Juneteenth and Its Global Impact: How the World Observes Emancipation

By: Remi Shirayanagi Celebrated on June 19, Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when Union General  Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce the end of the Civil War…
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What Happened between the Emancipation Proclamation and the Eradication of Slavery.

By: Emma Johnson As many people know, Juneteenth marks the day when Union soldiers marched into Galveston Bay, Texas, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, to announce…
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A Texan’s Thoughts on Juneteenth

By: Kayla Gould Juneteenth is a day to celebrate our country’s second Independence Day. As a Texan, this day is especially important for us to remember and to be educated…
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Juneteenth Blog

By: Sam Conway A trek along Galveston’s rugged beaches, just south of Houston, will reveal the land’s many secrets, and its deadly relationship with the gulf. It was here, on…
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Juneteenth Blog

As we reflect on the history of America this Juneteenth, celebrating the day the last U.S. slaves were freed in Texas, we must recognize a heavily racialized issue impacting Texas…
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Juneteenth Blog 

By: Ava Kruszewski When I think of the day of Juneteenth, I am happy that we can honor a day to celebrate a time representing freedom for African Americans. Anywhere…
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Observance of a People’s Resilience: Juneteenth 

By: Laila Hopkins For as long as I can remember, my mother and I have celebrated Juneteenth in meaningful ways, making it a cherished tradition in our family. Every year,…
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The Cases that Preceded the Affirmative Action Ban

By: Emma Johnson A year ago, the Supreme Court decided that affirmative action programs, where institutions systematically considered race in applications, violated the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.  Since then,…
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Racism in Sports: Part One

Sports dominate society in various cultural, social, economic and political forms. They provide a source of unity and entertainment for families, communities and societies. From international to collegiate level, individuals…
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Celebrating Anti-Racism, Recognizing Volunteers and Welcoming best selling Author Shereen Daniels!

In conjunction with a visit to Minneapolis by Shereen Daniels, author of the “The Anti-Racist Organization,” ARCC founder Donzel Leggett hosted a dinner for Shereen and our nonprofit’s board members…
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Minnesota United FC is Acting with couRage to Create Change

In July, I and ARCC Board Members Tommy Feng and Erika Thiem had the privilege of attending a Minnesota United FC soccer match at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota.…
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ARCC’s 3-Year Anniversary and the Launch of the ARCC Personal Transformation Process

On October 1, 2023, the Anti-Racism Commitment Coalition, or ARCC, reached a very important milestone, the achievement of our 3rd Anniversary. We formally launched ARCC on October 1, 2020, and…
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MCE is Using Music to Inspire H.O.P.E.

Earlier this month, I published Episode 9 of Season Number 3 of the ARCC log Change with Donzel Leggett podcast in which I honored the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop…
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ARCC and Cultural Destinations at the MN State Fair Inspire H.O.P.E.

Last month, I released a very special Episode of the ARCC of Change with Donzel Leggett.  In this milestone 30th episode, I, for the first time, recorded LIVE on-site at…
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Jeremiah Cox Embodies ARCC’s Mission

At the end of 2022 we invited our entire ARCC Team to attend and participate in our Strategic Planning Retreat to review the past year’s results and set our Strategic…
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Dr. Tamika Lasege – Another Example of H.O.P.E.

Last month, I published Episode 7 of Season 3 of the ARCC of Change with Donzel Leggett. In this episode, I interviewed physician and healthcare executive, Dr. Tamika Lasege who…
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My Brother, Orieon Thurston – A Mentor who gives youth HOPE!

At ARCC we espouse taking action to drive positive change.  Taking action can take many forms. Some examples are: But another very important way to take action is to mentor…
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