Our Voices: Indigenous and Women of Color is a dialogue group which aims to support and engage the intersection of identities, foster a safe space for identity development, self-expression, and self-reflection, and develop responsible leaders to advance the needs and enrich the experiences of indigenous women and women of color.
Our Voices, a joint initiative from the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) and Women's Center in the Office for Equity and Diversity, began in fall 2016. While our campus offers many student cultural groups, we often hear that there is not a space for indigenous women and women of color to come together (outside the bi-annual summit organized by the Women's Center); nor are there many spaces for multiracial women students to engage around their identities. Our Voices was created in response to this need.
On the name
Our Voices names indigenous women and women of color in its title. A resource that may be helpful in understanding why we chose to do this can be found here, via Debbie Reese at the American Indians in Children's Literature website.