By many standards, I come from a family lineage of struggle. I have lived in shelters, impoverished neighborhoods, I’ve gone to bed hungry as a child, and I’ve witnessed many types of violence, including bullying and emotional abuse. I’ve experienced being told “I wasn’t good enough” by adults and then put down by my peers for […]Read More Purpose Driven Life [“Making it Out”]
Opening Welcome to you all & Hello Claremont! This afternoon, we are among trailblazers, world leaders, aspiring activists and just some plain oil’ academic thrill-seekers, I suppose. It is with great joy that I share in the Claremont spirit of hope, humility & honor, in unity with you all, on this special day The distinction […]Read More Claremont Graduate University 12th Presidential Installation “Carrying the Flame, Forward”by Graduate Student Council President: Whitney F. Martinez
In Power to Empower Dear CGU Students, On behalf of the Graduate Student Council (GSC), I send this message with well wishes as you settle into the Fall 2018 academic semester! This email from the GSC contains some very important information so we invite you to read it in its entirety. You can also […]Read More Dear Graduate Student Council: Let’s Light the Flame!
Claremont Graduate University Fall 2018 Orientation Address Tuesday August 28th, 2018 Prepared by Graduate Student Council President Whitney Martinez Introduction Welcome: “Great Morning, everyone”& Welcome to CGU! You are now a flame & we are certain you will illuminate our collective light! “Multa lumina, una lux”! Many flames, one light”! About me: My […]Read More Claremont Graduate University New Student Orientation Address Fall 2018
2018 Student Commencement Speech Claremont Graduate University Ms. Whitney F. Martinez, MA, MBA, CGS *I am honored to have my original work selected by university administrators, amongst 10 other submissions, to serve as the 2018 student commencement speech. All of the late nights & early mornings that it took to be completed satisfied with the […]Read More Claremont Graduate University 2018 Student Commencement Address
“Cultures should be preserved to keep groups separate, because cultural hybridity generates conflict and instability.” “Culture should be preserved in order to rectify patterns of domination and symbolic injury involving the misrecognition and oppression of some cultures by others.” (The Claims of Culture, Benhabib, 2002) ********************************************************************** The statements above, from both sides of the aisle, agree on […]Read More The Clash of Power Politics, Social Constructions of Religion & Cultural Competency
I recently shared my APPAM Conference selected poster presentation “War Zone Round 2: Veterans, Race & Incarceration with with my colleagues at OBSA’s Black Intersections Conference at Claremont Graduate University! In honor of this work being offered publishing opportunities since being presented, here is a link to the abstract via the APPAM website: [https://appam.confex.com/appam/2017/webprogram/Paper21705.html] & […]Read More Whitney F. Martinez Presents:War Zone Round 2: Military Veterans, Race & Incarceration
P H E N O M E N A L V– ocalize our passions & experiences O– ccupy academic settings with performing arts medium I– nclude all voices conducive to enhancing the college experience C-reate forms of artistic expression E– xpress commitment & gratitude for the arts S– erve the people through performance & community […]Read More Phenomenal Voices: The Pivotal Role of the Performing Arts [🎶|🎤] in Higher Education [🎓|📚]
In the era of post-9/11 politics, the contentious questions of identity, religion, and human rights center increasingly on the topics of the contested universal human rights framework, cultural relativism, and the role of Islam. The readings this week put the spotlight on women & their status during such a time, where their marginalization is either […]Read More Do Muslim Women Need Saving?