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Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Light the Night Walk
• Date: Sunday, October 25, 2009
• Time: 6:30PM
• Venue: Assumption College
• Walk distance is three miles, check in is at 5:00PM and the opening ceremony is at 6:00PM.

Caribbean Migrations and Encounters
• Date: Thursday, October 29, 2009
• Time: 4PM
• Venue: Holy Cross Levis Browsing Room (Dinand Library)
• This is a book that discusses the migrations of the Caribbean.

7th Annual Millennium Leadership Conference
• Date: Friday-Sunday, November 6-8, 2009
• Venue: Clark University
• Designated to cultivate the inherent leadership qualities of college students who identify as ALANA through a series of workshops and presentations.

• More Info-

Stand up Speak Out Conference
• Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2009
• Time: 7:00AM-4:00PM
• Venue: Hagan Campus Center Hall
• Host: National Catholic Center for Student Aspirations (NCCSA)
• Gain Leadership experience by running leadership workshops for 6th and 7th graders.

Other On-Campus Events
• Campus Ministry: START 1 Retreat starts Friday, October 23-24, 2009.
• CAB: On Saturday, October 24th, 2009 Comedian Jamie Lissow will be in Charlie’s at 8:30PM.


"Have you ever been bullied? Do you know someone who has? Bullying is an ongoing issue in school systems in the United States today. Many students suffer psychologically from the effects of bullying. In recent studies, between 15 and 25 children commit suicide every year because they are bullied. Furthermore, bullying is just as prevalent with girls as it is with boys. In most cases, nothing is done for the students who have reported being bullied on a regular basis. Violence within schools increase because of the lack of protocol from administrators when dealing with these types of cases. There are many types of bullying such as verbal, physical, racial, sexual and cyberspace. Many students have suffered from depression, low self-esteem and health problems as a result. Therefore, something needs to be done about bullying in and outside of the classroom. Reaching out your hand and helping someone who is being bullied may change their whole life.

The likelihood of tragedies occurring from bullying is very prevalent. For example, in Colorado at Columbine High School two males brought weapons into school and killed 13 students, eventually pulling the triggers on themselves. This could have been prevented if at least one person took a stand to help these boys cope and get through school successfully. In addition to that, there are long-term effects of bullying when a child reaches adulthood. It is traumatizing as a child to go through such hardships at a young age and not receive the adequate care to show the child positive ways to deal with their emotions.

Growing up as a child was extremely hard for me. I was alone most of the time and no one would ever listen to me. I was taken for granted and felt isolated among my peers. Furthermore, this speaks volumes about me because as an adult, it is hard to open up and let people into my life. Since no one ever cared about what I had to say and took the credit for my idea, silence was the only thing I knew. As a child I was bullied in school. On a daily basis I was made fun of and ridiculed about everything. Furthermore, I had to fight everyday just to defend myself. That never worked because it still continued no matter if I did say or do something about the situation; I always lost. Do you know what it feels like to go to school on a daily basis and have to deal with being bothered and it going unnoticed? I know the feeling of living my life in total darkness because I felt as if I was walking around with a mask over my face. I didn't exist among my peers and it hurt deep down inside, not to be a part of a group. Every single night I cried myself to sleep because I was in so much pain. I didn't understand why I had to be the one who was all alone and that people couldn't accept and respect me for who I was. In addition to that, I have become very angry and bitter from the hardships that I had to endure at a very young age. I didn't deserve to be treated that way and I never knew why I had to suffer the way that I did.

Being a leader here at Assumption College has allowed me to overcome many obstacles that I have faced in my past. I've learned so much through this leadership experience about opening up and letting people in. Growing up was very difficult for me because I didn't have the support and love from the people I cared so much about. I wanted to break free from the negativity and experience the positive atmosphere I have longed for.

My whole perspective has changed since I became Secretary of the ALANA Network. I've met a group of wonderful individuals who really do care about me and want to get to know me for who I am. It's an overwhelming feeling to get the support I've always wanted from the ALANA E-board, and I am truly blessed and grateful to work with individuals who are so passionate about their work. Coming into this new chapter in my life as a student leader I didn't have confidence within myself but now I see that it's slowly changing. Gaining confidence doesn't necessarily happen overnight but it's something that evolves gradually, and it's something that I am willing to work on.

Before being a student leader I was the one who was always by myself observing others personalities and never really had much to say to people. Since I've become a leader, I feel as though I've been growing a lot as a person to the point where I am comfortable talking to people and interacting with them on a regular basis. Being a leader means I have to be an example in and outside of the classroom. Furthermore, as a leader I have to be flexible and able to work with all types of people and their personalities. This journey hasn't been easy but it has been with the help of my peers and mentors that have made a difference for me."

Shatovia Devonish '12

Secretary, ALANA Network

Monday, October 19, 2009


ALANA Meeting Minutes
October 16, 2009

On October 15, 2009 the ALANA Network met in the Student Activities Resource Room here are the minutes from the meeting.

Guest Speaker: Al Tony

Trip to ‘Slave Quarters’
• Date: Saturday, October 17, 2009
• Time: 11:30-5:00PM
• Venue: 15 George Street Medford, MA 01255
• First 10 students to sign up go for free
• Transportation will be provided as well (excluding the tip)

Triveni Ensemble
• Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
• Time: 7:00PM
• Venue: Alden Trust Auditorium Kennedy 112
• Sponsored by Women’s Studies Passport to the World of Women Series

Good Hair
• Date: Friday, October 23, 2009
• Time: TBA
• Venue: TBA
• Chris Rock’s new and insightful documentary about the African American hair culture
• Visits hair salons and styling battles, scientific laboratories, and Indian temples to explore the way black hairstyles impact the lives of African Americans.

Light the Night Walk
• Date: Sunday, October 25, 2009
• Time: 6:30PM
• Venue: Assumption College
• Walk distance is three miles, check in is at 5:00PM and the opening ceremony is at 6:00PM.

7th Annual Millennium Leadership Conference
• Date: Friday-Sunday, November 6-8, 2009
• Venue: Clark University
• Designed to cultivate the inherent leadership qualities of college students who identify as ALANA through a series of workshops and presentations.
• More Info-

Stand Up Speak Out Conference
• Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2009
• Time: 8:30-4:00PM
• Venue: Hagan Campus Center Hall
• Host: National Catholic Center for Student Aspirations (NCCSA)
• Gain Leadership experience by running leadership workshops for 6th and 7th graders

Other On-Campus Events
• CAB: AC Idol at 9PM in Charlie’s
• Res Life: Haunted Maze and Autumn Festival in Plourde from 9PM-12AM

Active Support for the Football Team

Open Forum
• Barack Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize (look up information on the criteria of the Nobel Peace Prize and bring it to the meeting to discuss it).

Miscellaneous Information:

• Fifteen students from Anna Maria College and Twenty Students from Assumption will be going to the Slave Quarters in Medford, MA.

• Create poster in support of the Football team for being #1 in the NCAA Conference.

• Sign up to be an Orientation Leader next semester to get involved on campus.If you have any questions or concerns please see Usen and Sheena.
• Stand up Speak out conference you would connect leadership to the Catholic faith. For more info Contact Laura Hall at


Rights Still to Be Won

By Julian Bond

Friday, October 9, 2009 (Washington Post)

The civil rights struggle for legal equality in America today is no less

necessary, nor worthy, than a similar struggle fought by blacks several

decades ago. Now, as then, Americans are denied rights simply because of who

they are. When lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans gather in

Washington on Sunday for the National Equality March, they will invoke the

unfulfilled promise in our Constitution that they, too, are due equal

protection under the law.

I will join them in their march because I believe in their equality and

believe in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution that promises to protect

it. I will join them because the humanity of all people is diminished when

any class of people is denied privileges granted to others. I will join them

because I know that when heterosexuals stand up and call for justice

alongside their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender brothers and sisters,

the sooner justice will come.

In the ugly days of racial segregation, we had a dream. In August 1963 we

came to Washington and declared that dream to the nation. Among us that day

were LGBT Americans such as Bayard Rustin, the chief organizer of the '63

March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. His homosexuality caused

discomfort among some leaders of the day, and they played down his role in

the march. But his heroic work has served as a model for civil rights

organizers ever since.

We can no longer pretend that civil rights do not include rights for

lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Flimsy justifications for

anti-LGBT bias are giving way to evidence that society is strengthened, not

weakened, when LGBT people are given equal protection under the law. Where

they are free to marry those they love, the sky has not fallen. Where they

cannot be denied employment and housing simply because of who they are, the

sky has not fallen. Where they serve nobly in the military without the

burden of secrecy, the sky has not fallen. Rather, when all people are free

to live up to their full potential, all of society benefits. Yet the United

States still permits all these forms of discrimination.

And this is why we must march.

My friend Coretta Scott King said in 2000: "Freedom from discrimination

based on sexual orientation is surely a fundamental human right in any great

democracy, as much as freedom from racial, religious, gender or ethnic

discrimination." That is why the NAACP resolved several years ago that "we

shall pursue all legal and constitutional means to support

non-discriminatory policies and practices against persons based on race,

gender, sexual orientation, nationality or cultural background."

The civil rights movement has achieved tremendous victories in past decades,

and so we must again. The bias against LGBT people tolerated in this land,

even at the end of the first decade of the new millennium, is ugly. We must

create a better future, which will give us a past upon which we can look

back and be proud. This weekend, those who believe in the ideals of our

Constitution, those who have a dream that we will one day live in a nation

where people will be judged not by whom they love but by the content of

their character, and those who stand up for their ideals can be proud that

they stood up and spoke out for justice.

The writer, a professor of history at the University of Virginia and

distinguished professor in residence at American University, is board

chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

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