The Racial Awareness Program met every other Wednesday evening from 6:00-9:00 PM. There were about 30 people in our group, and each week we discussed and bonded over issues such as race, gender, and sexual orientation. We were able to learn from each other and the experiences we have had in order to encourage diversity and acceptance on campus and in the world.
Over the course of the year, we learned about the the various identities a person can hold and how they intersect in different ways for everybody. This experience meant a lot to me because I felt truly accepted for who I am and was able to be more wholly educated on social justice and the reforms that need to happen in our country. I chose to take part in this experience because it is a very personal passion of mine and I wanted to meet a more diverse group of people from around campus.
The group absolutely exceeded my expectations and helped me get a more in depth comprehension of a topic that needs to be spread. I got to know a lot of my classmates and got to explore the racism, sexism, and homophobia more in depth than I ever expected. RAAP was important to me because it let me feel like I was important, accepted, and loved for who I am. At the end of the year, we were assigned another person from the group on which to do a presentation. This final project let me see how each member of our group was truly appreciated.