Student activists strive for change at San Diego State University [Photo Essay]

Students at San Diego State University have a long tradition of engaging in activism on campus. From impromptu protests following hate crimes, to organized movements against the Aztec mascot, these students strive to make their voices and perspectives heard.

This photo essay is comprised of images from a rally against racism on April 18, 2019. The rally followed the vandalism of the campus' Black Resource Center and a separate incident where a group of men yelled a racial slur as they drove past the center. It also highlights some of the individual activists from other social movements at SDSU.

Student activists hold signs in front of Hepner Hall at San Diego State during the rally on Thursday, April 18, 2019. 

Latrel Powell leads the crowd in a series of chants during a rally at San Diego State on Thursday, April 18, 2019.  
Rayne Lopez, nursing junior, shares her personal experience with racism during the protest on Thursday, April 18, 2019. 

Tamiel McKee Bey, cultural anthropology sophomore, speaks in front of activists during the Black Students Matter rally at San Diego State on Thursday, April 18, 2019. 

Navajo activist Lane Yazzie is a fourth-year interdisciplinary studies major studying American Indian studies, English and sociology at San Diego State University. Yazzie first became involved with activism when they first realized the effects intergenerational trauma had on their life. 

Associated Students President-elect Christian Onwuka, business senior, lists the demands from the protestors during the rally at San Diego State on Thursday, April 18, 2019. 
Antwanisha Alameen-Shavers, Africana Studies assistant professor, calls for more tenured faculty support of students of color during the rally on Thursday, April 18, 2019. 

Raelynn Bichitty is a Navajo, Apache, Hopi and Zuni student pursuing a degree in teaching from San Diego State University. She describes activism as being an integral part of her life and personality.


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