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“You see a student like Rugie [Baldeh], bright, engaged, raising provocative issues, always in the conversation and then one day you come to class, and shes staring out of the window,” Peyi Soyinka-Airewele, professor in the Department of Politics, said. “You cant even continue teaching. Its impossible. … Just watching my students in class when they go through a situation like that is literally heartbreaking.”

Student racially profiled and wrongfully fired from Walmart

By Lorien Tyne, News Editor May 8, 2023
Senior Rugie Baldeh, former Walmart employee, was racially profiled, accused of aiding scammers that stole from the store, then fired and banned from Walmart.
Michael Benitez Jr., vice president for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Metropolitan State University of Denver, came to Ithaca College on Aug. 21 to give a keynote presentation about anti-racism and advocacy work.

IC Day of Learning continues with keynote on anti-racism

By Lorien Tyne, Assistant News Editor August 23, 2022
Students and employees filled Emerson Suites on Aug. 21 for a continuation of the IC Day of Learning — this time about anti-racism and advocacy work.
Ethan Cepeda helped raise awareness for transgender rights at his high school by holding workshops to educate teachers. Cepeda also spoke out about the importance of gender neutral bathrooms and advocated for their implementation in the school.

Q&A: Student wins the Hometown Hero award for LGBTQ advocacy

By Vivian Goldstein January 21, 2019

When Ithaca College freshman Ethan Cepeda received the New York Daily News’ 2018 Hometown Hero Award, he didn’t even know award existed. Suddenly, on Nov. 2, his mother and sister were accepting the...

From left, junior Elena Piech, seniors X Rance and Jay Williamson and junior Rosemary Mulvey hold a transgender pride flag.

IC students chosen to be GLAAD ambassadors

By Phoebe Harms, Contributing Writer December 13, 2017
Four Ithaca College students are working with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to amplify the voices of members of the LGBTQ community.
Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel, author of I am Jazz hold up the childrens picture book based off of Jazz Jennings life. The book is the first childrens picture book to tell a biography of a transgender child.

Author discusses book based on life of transgender child

By Noa Covell, Contributing Writer December 9, 2017
Based on the true story of a transgender child, Jessica Herthel’s book is the first children's picture book to tell a biography of a transgender child.

Social media proves useful for mental health advocacy

By Amelia Erickson March 25, 2015
Using social media will improve outreach and will, hopefully, prompt more people to get the help they need.
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