SIUC Dept. of Communication Studies RSOs
by Brent Palmer
In this, my second installment on communication and race, I will explain what a microaggression is and how both the sender and receiver of a racial microaggression can best facilitated communication through Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk about Race.
Ijeoma defines microaggressions as: “small daily insults and indignities perpetrated against marginalized or oppressed people because of their affiliation with that marginalized or oppressed group.” (p. 169). Though they are called microaggressions, the feelings which come from the consistent indignities are anything but micro.
by Brent Palmer
Brent Palmer, a senior Intercultural Communication major, shares three tips for navigating and facilitating conversations of race. This is the first of his three-part series on race and communication.
I am an intercultural communication studies major. My experience as a black man has taught me that I often have to explain how my experience is different than others. My experiences as intercultural communication major have taught me how to communicate these and other differences more effectively. Since we live in a diverse society filled with members of various cultures and races, it makes sense that you’re also going to have a need to get along with others different than you. The following blog post highlights three tips for navigating and facilitating conversations of race.
by Bolton Morales, M.A.
Bolton Morales, a third-year doctoral student in the Southern Illinois University Department of Communication Studies, shares three tips for managing your GPA related anxieties after transitioning into your first year of college.
Earning bad grades as an undergrad, especially as a first-year student, can be disappointing and make one feel inadequate. . I know from experience. In my experience, poor performances do not define who you are nor do they limit your potential. In fact, because you learn from hardship, it may improve your chances of being admitted into internships, research programs, graduate schools, or hired for jobs. Assuming, of course, poor performance is not habitual and forms a learning experience that translates into future successes.
During my youth I often felt the need to go outside and take a walk. This became something that I did to relieve stress, and it always worked. However, much to my mothers’ disapproval, I often went out and walked at all hours of the night. Thankfully, I lived in a safe neighborhood, so she needn’t worry, but that’s how it worked for me. I would feel the need to expel a lot of anxiety that had built up and with walking I felt relief. As such, I’ve compiled a couple of ways to be mindful of you mental and physical health here on campus.
by Ian Osinski, Alumnus
Ian Osinski, a recent SIU graduate with a major in Public Relations and a minor in Advertising, shares his reasons for pursuing a degree in the field of Public Relations.
Going to college was always a dream of mine. I couldn’t wait to one day get a degree and be able to throw my hat into the air and take on the world. Some students come to college with a blueprint of what they want to do, and they go after it. For me, I came to college tabula rasa. At first it was exciting to be uncommitted to a specific degree because I could do whatever I wanted. But eventually the realization started to sink in that I would have to declare a major.