the diversity coalition

hermionejean  asked:

do you have any advice for applying to college in general and/or for specifically applying to ivy league colleges? thank you!

Okay, here’s the thing about applying to any college, but especially a highly selective college like an Ivy: it’s all a numbers game. Literally, the admissions office will boil everything you’ve spent the last few years working your ass of for down to a handful of numbers and it sucks, but that’s how it is.

At an Ivy, everyone is going to have your test scores, your grades, and a bunch of extra curriculars. Not that you have to give up hope, hope is good, but it’s something to keep in mind. Still, there are things you can do and some things you can’t control.

  • Some things you just can’t control: race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, your school and state, your parents’ education level. Schools are trying to build a diverse coalition of students from different races, income levels, and parts of the world and being “different” from their normal (read: rich white male and probably northeastern) can help.
    • Don’t lie about this stuff, obviously but if you do have something that makes you more diverse, share a bit about that if you feel comfortable. (My Common App essay was about how my ethnic identity was tied into my inability to speak Spanish, for example.) This especially helps if your school puts special emphasis on their diverse population (*cough*Columbia*cough*)
  • Get good letters of rec. Remember all letters are going to recommend you go this school so pick teachers who know you well enough to help you stand out. Ask teachers who you have more of a personal relationship with. who liked you and had you for multiple years, if possible. If you can, ask teachers in the field of study you would like to pursue, as long as they’re a core class (English, math, history, science, language, etc.)
    •  If you have an arts or music teacher, coach or gifted teacher who knows you very well and can add a more personal touch to your application, submit something from them as a supplemental second or third letter: most schools allow for this. Don’t send more than one though. Two to three letters is enough.
  • If you have one class that’s a little bit more rough than the others (@AP Calc for me this year) try to work for an upward trend in that grade to show you’re dedicated to improving in the places where you struggle. Yeah, you have to have good grades for an Ivy, but they know you aren’t perfect. They just want to see you’re trying.
  • Take advantage of alumni or campus interviews and use them to make yourself seem more human. My Harvard interview was actually a lot of fun: we talked about fake news, fanfiction, being LGBT at Harvard, and a bunch of other stuff. These people see a lot of rote answers that are just people reciting their resumes for an hour. Be polite and polished, don’t be a afraid to brag a little, but be yourself.
    • Also, if you have gaps in your application (example: I couldn’t afford subject tests, which Harvard recommends) this is often your place to explain those. Take advantage of that.
  • Don’t load up on extra curriculars. It’s stressful as hell (speaking from experience here). Instead pick a handful and show dedication to them. Stay with them throughout your high school career and take on leadership roles where you can.

If you have more specific questions, let me know! Hopefully this is a start though. 

i’m literally begging you guys to distract me

I have gone back and forth on whether to post this, but I am just super excited and I wanted my teacher-tribe to know!

There is a local award in my area called the Dawbarn Award.  It is extremely prestigious and the nomination process is slightly arduous.  A few weeks ago I received a call in the middle of first block to inform me that I was one of this year’s recipients.  I cried in the middle of the library.

The ceremony was this past Wednesday.

Here is the blurb that was written up about me in the local paper:

[Amber] Loyacano has worked at Waynesboro High School for 12 years and has been the head of the English department for half that time.  

She was nominated for a Dawbarn Education Award by a former student who remembers how Loyacano worked tirelessly to go the extra mile to remind her students that they are important, loved and capable of the highest success.  “She is an advocate for every person whose voice is not always heard.”

Loyacano was instrumental in creating a diversity coalition at the school, the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), in order to give students affected by stereotypes and discrimination a welcoming community to come together in support of each other.  It allows students of all identities to come together in a safe place free from judgement, a press release stated.

Her nominator remembers walking into her class one day and reading what was on the board: “Students! I am participating in the National Day of Silence. Bullying is a real problem and deserves to be recognized. I will answer questions if you need me — there is always someone available to talk if you need help — always.“

I was the only awardee who had a student nominator and I think that explains my teacher life perfectly. 

Please don’t view this as bragging. I just really wanted to share this because I have been lifted by this community many times and without you all I definitely would have felt less confident over my years on tumblr. So….thank you!

anonymous asked:

Syria seems like an R2P case if anything is? Like admittedly waiting until this one specific incident and then saying "welp, all in" is sketchy but I'm surprised you're so dismissive of pro-war Democrats but are also in favour R2P. If R2P can only be executed by ethical politicians with pure morals, isn't that the same thing as being against it?

The Syrian Civil War is a grave humanitarian crisis. But a US intervention has a zero chance of being a legitimate humanitarian intervention. The United States has deep geopolitical interests in Syria that have nothing to do with the safety and well-being of the Syrian people, and it will be those interests that dictate any intervention there.

If the UN or a politically diverse coalition of countries were to create a peacekeeping force aimed at de-escalation, humanitarian assistance, and the facilitation of peace talks, that would be a legitimate instance of R2P. US intervention will not be that.

anonymous asked:

"Approach things pragmatically" bro what white nonsense is this racist white people will always vote against their own self interest. I feel zero sympathy for any of them and the fact that you go so hard to defend them really says a lot about your character and that you're probably fucking racist yourself

racist white people will always vote against their own self interest

What is the self interest you refer to? you mean like, social welfare and conditions that will lift them out of poverty? I’ll assume such

So you are settled that white people can’t be reasoned with because they dont know what’s best for them, let alone the wellbeing for other people. Fair enough. Glancing at perennial white american support for politicians and policies that actively harm them (tax cuts to the rich while no breaks for them along with cuts to programs that support them; corporate funded representatives that embrace globalist policies that destroy local industry, etc etc), that seems pretty much self-evident.

If we can agree that they are unreasonable creatures, then they must at the very least react to emotional stimuli as animals with base instincts. instincts like self-sustenance, safety and comfort. Shit like fear.

So we have the reality of a blue and red option, DNC or GOP. The GOP is actively harmful to them, but they cater to and pander to that fear, that need for safety, validation of their pain and comfort. The white creatures look around, and see the blue side only has classist contempt for them, but sees that the red side says they care, so even the most rational of the simple, emotional creatures looks at the two options and decides appropriately. That is how the GOP exploits them, getting a class of people who historically are predisposed to supporting collectivism and socialism to work against those very efforts.

Now, what if the DNC were to, wait for it, maintain it’s values and policies you find agreeable, but pander to those same emotional needs of the white creatures, tricking them into supporting the left (who actually wants to help them!) as well as other people beside them?

Maybe the DNC doesnt need to trick or lie to the white creatures, it could actually embrace a left wing vision and say it wants to drop sucking the dicks of the global rich and genuinely fund new industry in these work starved areas. But regardless, the DNC would now be reaching out to support people only conditionally attached to the GOP, undermining their bigoted opponents.

The possibilities for change are endless! And racists get dragged along, kicking and screaming!

I feel zero sympathy for any of them and the fact that you go so hard to defend them really says a lot about your character and that you’re probably fucking racist yourself            

I must admit, i have seen the effects of the destitution suffered by these white emotional creatures and can’t help but feel empathy for them in spite of the reality that some among them sadly project their misery onto other suffering people for no good reason.

A person absolutely shouldn’t have to feel the obligation to sympathize with people who believe you are subhuman.

Yet, the sad reality of politics is that it impossible to affect without committing to dialog that must entertain and engage with caustic opinion rife with subterfuge. Especially in a republic reliant on democratic process dominated by people who inherently cant empathize or experience the distinct nature of suffering endured by you is that you can’t solely rely on appealing to or criticizing their sensibilities, especially if many (if not most) lack an educated insight into that suffering or have their own suffering get in the way of any capacity or willingness to sympathize over their own dire needs. Especially so, when the act is politicized by an ever-evolving array of opponents intent on undermining you as an bloc within a greater political establishment such as big tent parties like the Democrat party, in order to harm the whole.

ideology is toothless without application of strategy and rhetoric. It is possible to press values core to the maintenance and advancement of your quality of life while simultaneously playing to and exploiting weaknesses of the opposition, especially when your opposition is a ideologically diverse coalition as well. There are numerous people who care more about their well being and a secure future for their family than dedication to a party they turn a blind eye towards WRT their detestable supporters and politicians. Occasionally appealing to those base emotional needs for comfort and security is how progressives have gradually teased out change at the expense of conservatives in democratic circuses for years.

Yes, I know we laughed off Trump and therefore shouldn’t laugh of Zuckerberg, but we’re dealing with different situations. It was naive to think a voting base that’s mostly old white racists wouldn’t love an old white racist. But Democratic primary voters are a diverse coalition, and smarmy billionaire millennials who offer nothing don’t appeal to any facet of it. 


Imagine a night where hundreds of LGBTI young people came together feeling comfortable being themselves, and having the night of their lives:

This was our biggest, best, most spectacular Formal yet, where over 600 amazing LGBTI young people were celebrated and came for a night to be totally and completely themselves!

This is our recap of the Same Sex Gender Diverse Formal: Victoria 2016!

It’s finally happening. Today, the FCC votes on whether the internet belongs to you, or to the cable companies.

You’ve already done a phenomenal job of encouraging the FCC to adopt rules that will keep the internet free, fair, and thriving—nearly 200,000 calls to Congress have been placed from Tumblr alone, hundreds of thousands more from a diverse coalition of partners, and 4 million total comments have been submitted directly to the FCC. You raised your voice and, holy cow, your government is actually listening. By all accounts, Chairman Wheeler is prepared to do the right thing—a politically brave thing—and enact firm net neutrality rules under Title II of the Communications Act.

If this happens, it’s you guys who deserve the credit for making it happen. So let’s make sure it happens. If you haven’t called your representative yet, call your representative. If you’ve already called your representative, call them again.

And with your help, we’ll all have a historic milestone to celebrate: An internet whose freedom is secure for generations to come. 


Poor People’s Campaign, 1968.

Coretta Scott King with campaign organizers, Jack Rottier.

Demonstrators on the National Mall. Oliver F. Atkins 

Lafayette Park March, Warren Leffler.

The National Welfare Rights Organisation marching to end hunger, Jack Rottier.


By December of 1967, about forty percent of African-American and around fifteen percent of all Americans were living significantly below the poverty line. Most folks know that in response Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) began organising a newnational campaign against poverty. The Poor People’s Campaign marked one of the biggest shifts in the Civil Rights movement, towards broad-scale economic justice.

After King’s assassination on April 4th, 1968, the SCLC and Coretta Scott King kept the movement going with the help of an incredibly diverse coalition of groups and individuals, from the National Welfare Rights Organisation, through United Auto Workers and the NYC chapter of the ‘Up Against The Wall [Motherfuckers]’ anarchists. By June, thousands of demonstrators thronged the National Mall demanding federal action on economic discrimination,

SCLC along with the National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO), demanded an ‘economic bill of rights’, which envisioned a thirty billion investment in employment programs, the provision of affordable housing and a guaranteed basic income. 

It didn’t work for a multitude of reasons: RFK was assassinated, the media played a shifty game, and egos and strategies inevitably conflicted, but the broad-scale drive to end poverty in America deserves a little more of our common memory space.
Meet The Lifelong Republicans Who Love Bernie Sanders
Some conservatives are defying expectation and backing the Vermont senator.
By Clare Foran

When Tarie MacMillan switched on her television in August to watch the first Republican presidential debate, she expected to decide which candidate to support.

But MacMillan, a 65-year-old Florida resident, was disappointed. “I looked at the stage and there was nobody out there who I really liked. It just seemed like a showcase for Trump and his ridiculous comments,” she recalled. “It was laughable, and scary, and a real turning point.”

So she decided to back Bernie Sanders, the self-described “Democratic socialist” challenging Hillary Clinton. MacMillan was a lifelong Republican voter until a few weeks ago when she switched her party affiliation to support the Vermont senator in the primary.  It will be the first time she’s ever voted for a Democrat.

That story may sound improbable, but MacMillan isn’t the only longtime conservative supporting Sanders. There are Facebook groups and Reddit forums devoted entirely to Republicans who adore the Vermont senator.

These Republicans for Sanders defy neat categorization. Some are fed up with the status quo in Washington, and believe that Sanders, with his fiery populist message, is the presidential contender most likely to disrupt it. Others have voted Republican for years, but feel alarmed by what they see as the sharp right turn the party has taken.

“I have been a conservative Republican my entire life. But the Republican party as a whole has gotten so far out of touch with the American people,” says Bryan Brown, a 47-year-old Oregon resident. “I switched my registration so that I could vote for Sanders in the primary, but the day the primary is over I’m going to register as an Independent.”

Anger and alienation have turned conventional wisdom upside down in this presidential election. Self-styled outsider candidates like Donald Trump and Ben Carson have surged in the polls. And as Republican candidates debate their conservative credentials, support for Sanders shows how difficult it can be to pin down what exactly it means to be conservative.

“Once you get out of Washington ‘conservative’ can mean all sorts of different things. Voters are often left of center on some issues and right of center on others. So someone like Trump or Sanders who talks about themselves in a way that doesn’t fit into a pre-ordained box could be appealing to a lot of people,” says Chris Ellis, a political science professor at Bucknell University.

In some cases, longtime Republican voters who have decided to support Sanders, like MacMillan, are rethinking their political affiliation entirely. (“I’m inclined to say I might stay with the Democratic Party because the Republican Party has changed and it’s not the way it used to be,” MacMillan says.) Far from claiming to have experienced a political conversion, other Republicans argue that Sanders actually embodies conservative values.

“When I think of true conservative values I think of Teddy Roosevelt who earned a reputation as a trust-buster,” says Jeff DeFelice, a 38-year-old registered Republican voter living in Florida. “Now look at Bernie. He’s the only one willing to stand up to the big banks. The big banks control an obscene amount of wealth in this country and he wants to go after them.” If Sanders looks like “a viable candidate” by the time the primary rolls around, DeFelice says he’ll switch his party affiliation to vote for the senator.

“Once you get out of  Washington ‘conservative’ can mean all sorts of different things.”

Sanders’s promise to wrest power away from Wall Street and return it to the American middle class taps into the same vein of populist anger that fueled the rise of the Tea Party. It’s also a message that resonates with mainstream Republicans and Democrats. Sixty-two percent of Republicans, for example, believe that large corporations wield too much influence on American politics, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll conducted in May.

“Sanders has focused primarily on economic issues on which Americans are not divided,” says Elizabeth Coggins, a professor at Colorado College who studies American political psychology and ideological identification. “There is a strong consensus in agreement with Sanders on many of his core ideas, and his rhetoric has been largely centered on these sorts of issues.”

It’s difficult to say how deep conservative support for the senator runs. But its existence nevertheless challenges the notion that Sanders won’t be capable of building a diverse coalition to back his campaign during the 2016 presidential contest.

Still, some of the stands that may make Sanders attractive to conservatives leave a bad taste in the mouths of many liberals. Sanders brags about his D- rating from the National Rifle Association, but has suggested in the past that gun laws are best left to the states. “I’ve always felt like most issues should be handled on a state level, and he kind of takes a state level approach to gun control,” says Ashby Edwards, a 43-year-old self-described lifelong conservative living in Virginia.

Other Republicans are drawn to his fiery personality: “I’ve watched some of Bernie Sanders’s town halls and there have been people who will try to speak over him and sometimes he just tells people to shut up and starts screaming at them. That’s awesome,” says Andrew Holl, a 38-year-old registered Republican voter living in Florida. “I think it’s evidence of being genuine. He reacts honestly in every situation.”

Holl plans to vote for Sanders if he makes it to the general election.  “This is the first time I’ve ever considered voting for a Democrat. If you read the definition of what a Republican is and what those ideals are that’s me. But when you look at the Republicans in this election, I don’t like most of them,” Holl adds.

Some conservatives readily admit they don’t love everything Sanders stands for, but insist that doesn’t change their affinity the senator.

“I’m not 100 percent behind his platform but I like him as a person. For me it really comes down to authenticity,” says Edwards. “We’ve seen so much deadlock in Congress and I think people are looking for someone who can be passionate and authentic rather than being partisan.”

Republicans who support Sanders don’t like being labeled liberals either, but that’s not enough to deter them: “There’s a mentality of ‘you’re either this or you’re that’, but the world doesn’t work that way,” DeFelice says. “Things aren’t always black or white. The world operates in shades of gray.”

It’s (Finally) Over

Today, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders met in New Hampshire to campaign together. It was there that Senator Sanders finally endorsed Hillary.

A massive crowd cheered for the two of them as they walked onto the stage together, and that same crowd cheered every time Bernie spoke kindly of Hillary. I’ve been with her since before she announced she was running for president, and as a long-time Hillary supporter, I couldn’t be happier to know that Bernie Sanders has finally come around.

Throughout this past year, Hillary’s message of love and kindness and of the necessity of uniting around a common goal to break down walls and become stronger together has resonated with over 15,000,000 people. Hillary has proved what her friends, family, and colleagues already know about her: That she has what it takes to compile a diverse coalition and win a presidential election.

This upcoming general election will be one for the history books. An election that pits a blatantly hateful, dangerously unpredictable, very rich scam artist against the first female nominee of a major political party—who also happens to be the most qualified presidential candidate in American history. As both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns begin to pivot into a general election way of thinking, political pundits are starting to realize how perfect this election is for Hillary. This election was made for her.

Though Democrats will win the White House once more, this election victory also relies heavily on the prospect of winning both the House and the Senate. If you have any spare change lying around the house, or a couple extra dollars in your bank account, I urge you to donate not only to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, but to the campaigns of Democrats in states where a Democratic victory are possible. Those states include Ohio, Missouri, and Iowa—among a few others.

Now that Bernie Sanders has come around, I hope many of my followers who were previously not fans of Hillary Clinton will come around as well. If any of you are willing to do so, and would like to brush up on her policies and her campaign, feel free to send me a message here on Tumblr, and I will happily help you out.

Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Vice President Biden, President Obama, Bernie Sanders, and Democrats in the House and the Senate all agree: At the end of the day, we are stronger together. Let’s unite to defeat Donald Trump and the Republicans, win the White House once more, and take back Congress.