North Seattle College Sports Denim Blue for Denim Day

Trigger Warning: The following content will discuss Sexual Assault

On April 29, people around the globe wore denim in honor of sexual assault survivors. The significance of denim comes from a harrowing Supreme Court case in Italy in which a woman was sexually assaulted and the perpetrator was convicted. Years later, the man convicted in the case, won an appeal to the court, stating they had consensual sex. The man was released by the Italian Supreme court under the grounds that because the woman was wearing tight jeans, she must’ve helped him remove them, insinuating consent. Women in Italian parliament were outraged by this outcome. In solidarity with the survivor, the women in Italian parliament showed up to the steps of the Supreme Court in jeans in protest. This story was shared internationally and eventually, the California Senate did the same on the steps of the Capitol in Sacramento. The executive director of the organization Peace over Violence saw this and believed that everyone ought to wear jeans to protest the many egregious reasons why Sexual Assault is not taken seriously. The first official Denim Day was held in Los Angeles in April 1999 that day has been held annually ever since.

North Seattle College took part in Denim Day by calling to students on social media to post themselves wearing jeans and tag it with the hashtag, #NSCDenimDay. This was in order to raise awareness and show support for survivors of sexual assault. The North Seattle College Student Leadership Instagram account in particular facilitated this event. They announced it on both their main Instagram feed as well as their Instagram story, cautioning viewers of their Instagram account that this event involves some triggering themes. Many faculty members and students posted images of themselves sporting denim blues in jackets, hats, and of course, jeans. They also shared many Instagram posts on their story with information about sexual assault awareness and the importance of consent. On April 29th, anyone following the North Seattle College Student Leadership Instagram account was flooded with messages saying “believe survivors” and validating the feelings of all survivors of sexual assault. It was a beautiful display of awareness, solidarity, and validation showing an immense amount of love and support for all the survivors out there.

To see the North Seattle College community come together in such a way was truly inspiring. Such a vast amount of love, support, and information was spread during such an unprecedented time and thus, a sense of strength and unity was felt with among all that participated. Whether it was participation by sending in a post to the North Seattle College Student Leadership Instagram account, sharing the stories and posts about it on personal Instagram accounts, or simple starting a discussion about Denim Day with your family and peers, this year’s Denim Day at North Seattle College was positively remarkable, and it’s exciting to see how it will be celebrated in the years to come.

For more info on denim day:

https://www.denimdayinfo.org/


Emilia Valdez

Student Cabinet

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Interview with Dr. Mari Acob-Nash

Dr. Mari Acob-Nash started this past summer in the new Dean of Student Life position. I sat down with her to talk about Student Life, campus engagement, hula, and dogs in outfits.

How would you explain your position as Dean of Student Life?

In the area of Student Life, we have Student Leadership and Multicultural Programs, we have the Roy Flores Wellness Center, we have the Student Childcare Center, and then our Sustainability Office. All of these areas allow students to be connected to the campus, find their identity, and find a sense of community. What has been shown in history and research is that if a student is engaged on campus, and feeling a sense of belonging, they are more likely to complete and be successful. Those are the areas that I would call Student Life: being the student voice and being engaged on our campus.

Dean of Student Life is a new position, so we’re still figuring out how we can help students feel connected here. I’m very involved in Guided Pathways, which is what the state is working on, closing the gaps for our marginalized students and making sure they have a chance to succeed. I’m also connected with the work at the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, because of our work with racial identity and special populations. That’s what I love about the job. I love that our work in Student Life is promoting and supporting students in their educational careers. My plan is that Student Life will provide a chance for all North students’ lives to be engaged and to give them a sense of community and belonging.

You used to work at North in International Programs, right? How has your experience in this position differed from that one?

I was here from 2006 to 2013. We really had the opportunity to travel and find students from overseas, and we put North on the global map in terms of a place to go to study and transfer to top universities. We had students transferring to Purdue, down to Berkley, to UCLA, even MIT—really big schools.

When you’re in International Programs, you help students navigate enrollment, registration, and advising. This includes marketing, communications, a lot of intercultural and international relationship work. I was traveling two to three weeks every single quarter, overseas. Now I get to stay on land! I really get to know the students deeply, and work with and through racial and social identities and figure out how they fit on our campus. What is really great is that I work with all students including International Programs.

So, do you have a project, plan, or goal on your agenda right now that you’re excited about?

I really see North being able to catapult forward and be one of the best Student Life and Leadership programs in the state. It is a goal of mine that all students should have positive, inclusive experiences on campus. It is a goal of mine that for every single North student to have either attended or been involved with one of our events, programs, or organizations. And I think we can do that, whether that be “I’m going to go work out in the Wellness Center,” or “I’m really involved in a club,” or “I attended orientation and spent some time learning about the campus.” That, to me, is being involved and being engaged, and I think those things will create positive experiences.

I’ve been told that you do hula, can you talk about that?

I was adopted by my Hawaiian/Filipino family in the Seattle area when I moved out here as an international student. This family I knew took me under their wings. They’re from Oahu, and they were hula dancers. I’d take my kids—they’re called keiki—to the keiki class, and the teacher, the kumu hula, would ask me, “Why aren’t you dancing?”

The part of hula you get connected to is the culture. You learn about Hawaiian culture before you can really understand what you’re dancing about. It’s storytelling and it’s about perpetuating Hawaiian history and culture. The type of regalia that you see us wear is based on the history of the Hawaiian Islands. Usually the song, mele, is based on the history of the island that it’s talking about.

That’s really cool!

It is pretty cool. I will be sharing more with the Indigenous Student Alliance, one of our student organizations, for students from Native cultures. As a haumana, which is a student, I have to, not only learn the specifics of the songs, but how to do the Hawaiian cultural crafts. A lot of the stuff in my office has a story behind it in terms of my Hawaiian culture and what it brings into education!

I also chant that have certain meanings. There’s ole aloha, which is to bring people into a situation, like a meeting, to a cultural event, or there’s a chant asking the gods to help me with my dancing or my storytelling, and then there’s a chant to share love. I hope to share some chants with my work in Student Life. I’ll chant, every once in a while, when we need it.

My last question is, um, I’ve been told that you have a dog?

Milo! So, Milo is now 12 years old. He’s 7 pounds, and I dress him up, because after your kids leave, you have nothing else to do but talk to your dog. At 11, he lost all his teeth. These little tiny Yorkies are prone to teeth loss, and now his tongue hangs out! I do dress him in costumes. You name it, I have it for him. He doesn’t always enjoy what I put him in. But he brings me joy and a chance to laugh. Sometimes when I feel a little frustrated, or stuck, I just have to look at a picture of my dog and life is better.

Thank you for your time!

Thank you! That was fun!

This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.

North’s Valentine’s Day Celebration

Shawn Mendes’s “There’s Nothing Holding Back” plays over a speaker. Students eat cookies, celebrate winning bingo, and check out the library’s display at the Student Leadership’s free Valentine’s day celebration.  

Student Jock Litzinger had a one-word answer for why he attended. 

“Cookies,” Litzinger said. He immediately gravitated toward the cookie-decorating station, led by the International Program. People decorate their cookies with pink and red icing, sprinkles, and hearts.    

Students mulled about in the Grove, looking at the different displays for Valentine’s Day yesterday. One display explained the theme of the event, “You are not broken.” This is in reference to aromantic and asexual identities, people who do not experience romantic or sexual attraction.  

“Both … are full identities, not a lack of an identity,” the board said. Romantic and sexual attraction both lie on a spectrum, and each person falls somewhere on that spectrum.  

Student Karinne Barbosa naturally gravitated toward the card-making station.  

“I spend a lot of time [scrapbooking],” Barbosa said. Barbosa hopes to study psychology. She is in her first quarter. 

At Cupid’s arrow toss, Student Leadership Club Coordinator Angel Rodriguez scored the second highest. He originally thought that he won.  

“I walked away with pride and I came back, and my pride was shattered,” Student Leadership Club Coordinator Angel Rodriguez said. “Nicole [Winner of Cupid’s Arrow Toss] is now my arch nemesis.”  

The Library also doing something special for Valentine’s Day. They do “Blind Date with a Book.” Each book is wrapped, with a short description on the front. Students can “go on a blind date” by picking a book on a topic that interests them and reading it. The library is still running this program.  

Krista Cherry

Student Cabinet Member

Student Leadership Team #Research&Advocacy

Hey North Seattle! It’s been a while since our last student leader bio but this one will take us straight through finals! This week, our featured student leader is… Lily!

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Lily is the Research and Advocacy Board Coordinator and she joined Student Leadership because she wanted a chance to get more involved on campus. Lily’s favorite spot on campus is the Grove and her favorite Seattle spot is Magnuson Park. She is inspired by the ambition and motivation of those around her as well as her own desire to do and be better. Lily has a pet schnoodle (poodle-schnauzer mix) and is REALLY good at yoga. She is hoping to attend a 4-year college after graduating from North Seattle College and we wish her all the best when she takes that next step!

Good luck to all of you during this Finals season! Come drop by the Student Leadership office if you would like to start a club, want to get involved, or just want to hang and meet new folx! CC1446 is where it’s all at!

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