17:19 PM

BOLD - A Student Perspective on Protests and Racism

BSU Leaders Aerial Starks and Cebriaya BelleThis is the ninth installment of BOLD - A University of St. Thomas Podcast, a series that creates a dialogue and aims to inspire, encourage and aid students—current and prospective— to “Be Your Bold Self.” New episodes are published bi-weekly. If you have an idea for a potential podcast guest or topic, send them to Darnell Miller at dmiller@stthom.edu.

Darnell Miller, sitting in for host, Alex Yemeck, talks to Cebriaya Bell, a junior pre-med psychology major, and Aerial Starks, senior English major,, the acting president and vice president of the Black Student Union, about George Floyd, the protests, racism in America and how we can use education to combat this prejudice.

Watch a video version of the podcast here


00:28 - An Introduction to Cebriaya Bell

00:50 - An Introduction to Aerial Starks

01:10- The Emotional Toll of George Floyd’s Death

02:20 - Is There Hope for Change?

05:20 - Understanding the Global Impact of Racism

07:51 - How is the Black Experience of Racism Affected by Class

18:20 - If Racism is Taught, How Do We Unlearn It

21:23 - Resources for Teaching Children about Race

24:05 - What can Institutions Do to Dismantle Racism

27:30 - How are you Praying for Change

28:55 - Keeping up with BSU

During the interview Starks spoke on how we can use education and educational systems to combat racism through:

  • Diversifying Literature
  • Expanding the narrative of history beyond the typical western narrative by acknowledging the contributions of other cultures and people.
  • Hiring professors and lecturers from diverse backgrounds
  • The institution of a healing racism course

Join BSU for upcoming events:

  • Picnic and Prayer - Juneteenth 6:30 pm
  • Medical Racial Bias
  • Voting and the Election
  • Mentorship Program and Opportunities

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