Documenting Diversity | Ohio Wesleyan University

Documenting Diversity | Ohio Wesleyan University

Documenting Range

Ohio Wesleyan Senior Earns Grant to Produce Movie Checking out BIPOC Students’ Perception of Belonging

By Cole Hatcher

Anna duSaire ’22

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University college student Anna duSaire is acquiring an OWU-funded Variety, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Grant to make a documentary film that explores the feeling of belonging felt by the university’s pupils of colour.

“I wanted to build some thing that offers BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People today of Shade) college students the opportunity to share what it is been like for them to attend OWU without getting interrupted or questioned,” stated duSaire, a senior from St. Louis Park, Minnesota. “I determined to target on the strategy of ‘belonging’ precisely, simply because I believe everyone needs to truly feel like they belong in the spaces they function and exist in.”

A Sociology/Anthropology and Politics and Govt double-major and Social Justice slight, duSaire strategies to debut her documentary in April and to study the viewers ahead of and following they view the 10-moment movie.

“I hope persons replicate on the tales and experiences they listen to in the film and consider about how they are related and various from their own working experience at or notion of OWU,” stated duSaire, a member and prior vice president of OWU’s Black Pupil Union. “I also hope individuals believe critically about ‘belonging’ – what it indicates, what it seems and feels like, how a ‘sense of belonging’ is achieved, what it usually means to have a ‘sense of belonging’ in a house. … I want to get people to take up, mirror, and think.”

Dawn Chisebe, OWU’s chief variety officer, is mentoring duSaire on the process of arranging and making the oral-background documentary, when Elaine Chun, multimedia know-how services manager, is supporting her master to use filmmaking products. In addition to earning a DEI Grant, duSaire also has been awarded a WCSA Initiatives Grant from the Wesleyan Council on Pupil Affairs, OWU’s university student federal government, to aid her task.

Right after she graduates in May possibly, duSaire designs to comply with a path that “will permit me to continue to obstacle myself and those about me, though furthering my comprehension of sociology.”

“OWU has aided me get ready to access these aims by introducing me to sociology and anthropology, and by way of delivering me the place and prospect to just take on numerous leadership positions, get on big assignments, and thrust boundaries,” she explained. “Through OWU, I have also designed an remarkable help technique who have continuously liked, supported, and considered in me.”

Ohio Wesleyan’s DEI Grant program was launched in 2021 to help tasks proposed by college students and workforce to advance the OWU campus as an antiracist area. The college proceeds to acknowledge scholar DEI Grant proposals this semester, with the application and evaluate approach overseen by the Council on Range, Equity, and Inclusion. University student grants may well be up to $1,500 every.

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