Outraged and saddened by the deadly police shooting of Michael Brown and other incidents of police brutality aimed at young African Americans, UALR students, Akshaya Garimalla and Mackenzie Bolt have created A.W.A.R.E. (Advocating for the Wellbeing And Respect of Everyone), an inter-sectional social justice organization that provides a safe place for students to discuss social injustice in the United States as it pertains to race, gender, sexuality, and class.
“I started AWARE because there was a lack of organizations on campus that deal with inter-sectional issues, especially ones that focus on the intersections between marginalized identities,” says founder, Akshaya Garimalla.
A.W.A.R.E.’s mission is to be an avenue of education through open dialogue for students and community members throughout the Central Arkansas area. This will be achieved through student-led discussions and workshops. A.W.A.R.E. will also create a small library where books and journals on social justice will be available for checkout.
On Thursday, November 5, at 5:30 p.m. in the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity’s conference room (located in the Ottenheimer Library, Suite 202), A.W.A.R.E. will hold an event called Workshopping 101. All are welcome. The A.W.A.R.E. social justice library will be located in the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity’s offices. Books and journals will be made available for checkout.
The next meeting is on Thursday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity’s conference room.
Visit the A.W.A.R.E. Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/awarearkansas?fref=ts, to find out about future events.