The GenFirst!@Bucknell Mentoring Program facilitates relationships between first-generation students and first-generation faculty/staff who, as mentors, provide assistance and support throughout first-gen students’ years at Bucknell. Here’s a video featuring a mentee/mentor relationship.
“In this talk, Carmen Henne-Ochoa shares a personal story about a significant moment in her own journey to understand racism in the U.S. She shares a radical idea: racism exists in our country not because of moral backwardness or because white people use racial epithets such as “tar baby,” “welfare queen,” “thug,” or the “N-word.” Rather, racism exists because of white silence. In her talk she asks us to imagine white Americans—individually and collectively—using their voice and their privilege to be catalysts for racial justice.”
“Diversity & Inclusion Fellow Carmen Henne-Ochoa said that choosing the word “centering” in the title was important. “Centering acknowledges that it’s difficult to address all of our multiple identities, even though we know they all come into play,” she said. “In addition, our reflex is to externalize these types of conversations, but centering asks us to recognize ourselves in them.”
“My Social Inequality course is beyond doom and gloom — and students find it especially relevant to their own lives. We explore Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of habitus as a way to delve deep into the attitudes, beliefs and experiences of those inhabiting our social world. In turn, these influence and shape how we ourselves make sense of the wider social world around us.”
“Over 68 students from three different departments presented their final projects in an exhibition titled “Exhibiting the Self: Student Representations of Social, Educational, and Environmental (In)equality and (In)justice,” on April 24.
“This project was led jointly by Dr. Carmen Henne-Ochoa, Dr. Amanda Wooden, and Dr. Richard Henne-Ochoa, in an effort to direct their students in a self-reflection on social inequality and injustice.”
“The first speaker of “I Can’t Breathe” was Carmen Henne-Ochoa, a visiting assistant professor of sociology and anthropology and Latin American studies, who discussed the nation’s history and continuance of structural and institutional racism.”
“Despite that progress, those supporting diversity and inclusion efforts on campus say there’s still much room for improvement.”
“Of course we should be excited about this, but it only speaks to the quantitative aspect,” says Carmen Henne-Ochoa, a sociologist and one of two diversity and inclusion fellows furthering efforts as part of the 2014–19 Diversity Plan. “We also have the qualitative aspect: the campus culture — and that’s the hardest part.”