Welcome Back to the Collective

Dear Swarthmore Community,

Welcome back! As we start a new semester, coming off of a 2017-2018 academic year that saw much tension, tumult, and critical change on campus, the editorial board here at Voices is reaffirming its commitment to building institutional memory by covering important campus news, reflecting your multiple truths and perspectives, and creating space for marginalized people and groups on campus to tell and center their own stories. As you get to know our names and faces, please consider us allies, accomplices, and friends in navigating an institution that pushes so many of us to the margins and silences us in a myriad of ways.

This academic year, Voices looks forward to documenting the progress of Organizing for Survivors (O4S) as it continues to push for Title IX reform, covering Students for Justice in Palestine’s (SJP) ongoing efforts to call attention to the institution’s complicity in the Occupation of Palestine, following the United Undergraduate Workers of Swarthmore (UUWS) in their creation of a union, witnessing powerful statements of solidarity among campus groups, and updating you on the labor, efforts, and talents of student artists, activists, and storytellers.

In just under a year, Voices has gained the support and readership of much of the Swarthmore community, and has published important articles enjoying thousands of shares on social media, reaching communities outside of our own. Now the only online, student-run, daily news and media publication on campus, Voices will continue to teach, witness, and listen to the multiple truths of Swarthmore for years to come as an integral and sustainable part of the campus community.

True to our mission, we remain committed to telling stories that too often go untold or unheard, grounded in radical love for the communities of which we are a part, keeping in mind the ever-important notion that journalism is a critical form of activism.

Please consider sharing your truths with us this academic year by submitting pieces or ideas to voices@swarthmore.edu.

In Solidarity,

The Voices Collective

 

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