Day of Silence demonstration takes place Friday, as a reminder to what members of the LGBTQA community encounter regularly 04.14.2016

The University of Idaho LGBTQA community will attempt to make themselves heard 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday in the Free Speech Zone with a silent demonstration. Friday is the national Day of Silence, which recognizes the challenges faced by gay, lesbian and transgender people, especially name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. UI LGBTQA Office Director Julia Keleher

Celebration of culture — Festivities bring India to Moscow for a night 04.11.2016

The audience silenced as India’s national anthem began to play. The piece was purely instrumental, but up on stage, host and University of Idaho graduate student Asad Iqbal mouthed the words to the song he had learned many years ago. “It reminded me of home. It reminded me of school days,” Iqbal said. “On our

‘Widen your world’ — Film festival features films by and about Native Americans 03.24.2016

When University of Idaho professor Jan Johnson heard the American Indian Studies Program only had an event during fall semester, she was quick to brainstorm ideas for the spring. That was in 2002. In 2003, Johnson started The Sapaatq’ayn Cinema Native American Film Festival. The word “sapaatq’ayn” derives from the Nez Perce language and means

Fading in and out — Black Student Union strives to grow, create an inclusive community on campus 02.25.2016

For black students at the University of Idaho in 1971, discrimination could be found anywhere — even in housing. According to an Argonaut article published Dec. 10, 1971, many black students who turned to off-campus housing options faced discrimination and were ultimately rejected. As a result, students often opted to live on-campus in the Black

A date night with Nepal — Nepali traditon and culture on display at Taste of Nepal 02.16.2016

After renditions of the Nepali and American national anthems, performed one after the other, Tenzin Dulal told audience members she didn’t want Taste of Nepal, held Saturday evening in the International Ballroom, to feel like a history lesson. Still, in order to understand Nepali culture, she said it’s important to understand the history. Dulal, who

Teaching Tolerance — UI Muslim student panel answers questions about religion and culture 02.11.2016

Dina Alsharif, Zachary Lierman, Domenique Costello, Lobna Abdel-Rahim and Ousef Vayomy all come from vastly diverse backgrounds — yet the five students, all members of the University of Idaho Muslim Student Association, have found commonality in their Muslim identity. The five students were panelists at a fireside chat hosted by the UI Honors Program Tuesday,

Don’t be a drag, just be a queen — Moscow’s TabiKat Productions celebrates 21 years of drag shows 02.04.2016

Kathy Sprague and her best friend David Henson came out to one another on Sprague’s 18th birthday. Her 28th birthday was Henson’s funeral. He died of HIV complications. “So for my 30th birthday, since my 28th was so lousy, I decided I would have a drag show,” Sprague said. “We rented a hall, I convinced

‘An extension of you’ — Moscow community discusses the culture of African-American hair 02.04.2016

Raised by two adoptive white mothers, University of Idaho sophomore Jessy Forsmo-Shadid found a hairdresser who best fit her needs when she was just eight years old. “She’s like my auntie,” Forsmo-Shadid said. Forsmo-Shadid, junior Izaiah Dolezal and senior Olivia Balemba led the “Standards of Beauty Workshop: Behind the Afro” Wednesday in the Idaho Commons.

Leading the charge — Michael Satz recognized as leader in diversity by National Jurist Magazine 02.01.2016

Associate Vice President and Executive Officer of UI Boise Michael Satz has always been passionate about equality issues. Satz came to UI in 2006 to work in the College of Law. Now he works on the university president’s diversity council. He said topics of diversity and equality have always been a big part of his

Enhancing diversity — BSU representatives approach UI administration with ideas for increasing diversity 02.01.2016

A group of student representatives from the Black Student Union have a list of six requests of their university, which they presented to University of Idaho administrators Jan. 22. Cynthia Ballesteros, Izaiah Dolezal, Jayson Egwuonwu, Jamal Sanders and Adonay Berhe met with UI administrators in hopes they will take these points into consideration in order

Culture through CLEO — CLEO Pilot program aims to increase diversity among law students 01.28.2016

College of Law Director of Admissions Carole Wells grew up in a large family, but growing up, nobody spoke about going to college around the dining room table. As a result, Wells said she found that pursuing a higher education was more of a challenge for her, because unlike in the households of her peers,

Spread happiness — No matter the hardships in life, he persevered 01.19.2016

It was miserable. It was a place where people labored, day in and day out, carrying boxes of potatoes from one end of the warehouse to another — it was the place Luis Aleman spent a year in order to raise money to go to college. “I remember thinking ‘Is this what hell feels like?’”

Garza’s dream — Black Lives Matter co-creator discusses fight for social justice 01.19.2016

Like Martin Luther King Jr., Alicia Garza also has a dream. “In my dream, we would live in a world where all of us are valued, respected, able to hold our heads up high, proud of ourselves for what we accomplished together,” Garza said. “In my dream, we would live in a world where our

Celebrating a dream — Black Lives Matter movement co-founder to visit UI as part of MLK Day celebration 01.14.2016

This week, faces of the Civil Rights Movement and beyond lined the wall of the TLC foyer. Among them were Malcom X, Marin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama and Alicia Garza, this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day keynote speaker. The exhibit, titled “A Lasting Legacy,” is just one of several events leading up to

Calling all allies — Panelists share experiences with race, give advice to allies 01.14.2016

In 2014, Jessica Samuels, University of Idaho academic success counselor, had just moved into a tiny apartment in Moscow to start her job with UI. Her apartment didn’t offer laundry so she went to a local laundromat to wash her children’s clothes. Although she grew up in Idaho and had experienced racial threats before, her

‘We hear their voices’ — Dozens of demonstrators stand in solidarity with civil rights protesters in Missouri 12.03.2015

In the hours before the public demonstration she helped organize, University of Idaho student Cynthia Ballesteros said she was most apprehensive about potential backlash. She wasn’t the only one. “It’s just a peaceful protest,” UI student Jessy Forsmo-Shadid said as she hurried through the Idaho Commons to the site of the demonstration. “Of all the

Promoting awareness — Faculty and students invited to seminar on transgender awareness at UI 11.16.2015

A small group of University of Idaho faculty have reserved their spot at the “Transgender 101 Staff Training” this week, a program that focuses on basic transgender awareness information. The event, offered by the LGBTQA Office and the Office of Human Rights, Access and Inclusion, includes how to be an ally and help cultivate a

Showcasing culture — Movimiento Activista social hosts Latin American culture event 11.12.2015

Visitors can expect dancing, traditional foods and an amplitude of information about Latin American culture at the El Color de Nuestra Tierra event Saturday. Movimiento Activista Social (MAS) will host the 7th annual El Color de Nuestra Tierra, which translates to “the color of our land,” from 5-8 p.m. Saturday in the International Ballroom located

Gender studies on the menu — Brown Bag Series acts as a forum for sharing research 11.02.2015

People are welcome to bring a lunch and a curious mind to any one of the Brown Bag Series events this year, said Maggie Rehm, a lecturer in University of Idaho’s Women’s and Gender Studies interdisciplinary studies program. Rehm said the Women’s and Gender Studies program and the Women’s Center host three to four Brown

First event of LGBTQ History Month — A celebration of the LGBTQA community on campus 10.08.2015

In honor of National Coming Out Day, the LGBTQA Office will host the National Coming Out Carnival from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Idaho Commons plaza. This event is a way of celebrating the LGBTQA community on campus and offering resources to all students, said Julia Keleher, director of the LGBTQA Office.

Africa Night recognizes culture, food, fashion from various African countries 10.05.2015

The lights dimmed and the booming African music abruptly stopped. Two men came on stage, saying the words of “libation,” a traditional Nigerian prayer. The audience was blessed and Africa Night began. The African Student Association hosted Africa Night Saturday evening in the Bruce Pitman Center International Ballroom. The night is a cultural event that

Breaking barriers — Overflow crowd turns out for forum on disabilities 09.18.2015

Ashley Centers, 27, says the first thing people notice about her is her bright purple hair, her weight or her wheelchair. But there’s much more to her than that. A self-described feminist, writer and lover of sunshine and coffee, she is a student at the University of Idaho majoring in English and minoring in journalism,

Feminist philosophy 04.27.2015

Gender studies program invites speaker totalk about works of French philosopher The debate over the meanings of gender and sex is an important discussion in modern times, and it all started with the works of French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir.

Wealth inequality 04.13.2015

Women’s Center to observe Equal Pay Day Women would have had to work an extra 104 days this year to make the same amount as men did last year, said Mimi Price, a work study student at the University of Idaho Women’s Center. To recognize this wage gap, Equal Pay Day falls on the 104th

A night of Indian culture 04.03.2015

Indian Students’ Association to showcase Indian culture To celebrate and showcase Indian culture, the University of Idaho Indian Students’ Association (ISA) will hold India Night at 5 p.m. Friday in the International Ballroom of the Bruce Pitman Center. The annual event will include a variety of performances and foods to introduce people to Indian culture.