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I Too Am Iowa Campaign Makes Impact

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - A series of photographs are helping share the message of University of Iowa minority students.

The creator of, I Too Am Iowa" was inspired by a similar campaign at Harvard. UI sophomore, Ashley Lee, said far too often the experiences of people of color are unheard, marginalized and devalued.

So she has them take pictures. Each person holds a white board where theyve written a message. The messages gives people of color the opportunity to share  microaggressions, non-physical aggressions between people of different races.

I would really like more people to wake up and be more socially conscious, Lee said.

UI Graduate student Jerika Marchan said she thinks the campaign is making an impact.

It really helps clear up some stereotypes that people have, she said.

Justin Wimer, who is also a UI graduate student, and who is white said it helps him gain understanding.

I dont hear those things, so I think it's good for the people who do, to put it in a forum more easily accessible to the public, Wimer said.

Now Lee is hoping that her cause will lead to more action. Shed like the University of Iowa to add a cultural competency requirement

"I want to challenge people to make more of an effort to, I guess, challenge the status quo," Lee said.

Lee is planning to take more pictures at the IMU River Room from 2:00p.m. to  6:00 p.m. on March 25th. People of color who would like to share their experiences are welcome to join.

To see the I Too Am Iowa, campaign, click here.


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