News and Accomplishments

2019

A Response to Racism

Jesús Ruelas García, ’19, spent two years with Residence Life at Framingham State University. Despite his short tenure, Jesús witnessed the campus community come under attack from a series of hate crimes. Growing frustrated with what seemed like a constant threat of racial injustice and wanting to do something to combat the series of events, Jesús one day brought his film camera to class. The idea was to capture the faces and stories of students whom this directly impacted. From there, Jesús opened it to other faculty and administrative figures of color. As more and more people began to be involved, the project thus started to invite everyone who wanted to participate, especially considering that there must be a community response that showed unity and strength.

In total, Jesús approached over 100 individuals for their portraits and a short statement. After photographing as much as possible, Jesús then fundraised a total of $1,000 for printing. During the last week of the spring 2019 semester, Jesús walked into the McCarthy Center late one night and put up the installation.

The aim of the installation was to instill pride within the impacted community of color, raise awareness about the very real issue of inequality that happens today, while also hoping to continue the conversation about the past racial hate crimes.

The installation, which carried the name of, “Response to Racism”, was on display from early May to late July. Jesús Ruelas is currently the World Languages' Student of the Year 2018-2019.

 

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