Against the Current: Collective works on State Violence, identity and Resistance


  1. What does being a woman of color mean to you?
  2. How does this status affect your everyday life?
  3. How has Penn/men (at Penn) made you refine your definition of yourself as a woman of color at Penn?
  4. What about being a person of color at Penn is difficult? What about being a woman? 
  5. How does this change when you mix these 2 layers? 
  6. What are the specific intricacies of being a woman of color?
Mental Health
  1. What is the relationship between your mental health and your identity as a woman of color?
  2. How would you describe your mental wellness at this point in your life as a student?
  3. What challenges do you face with taking care of your mental health at penn?
  4. How does your identity as a woman of color factor into your ability to access/practice self care?
  5. What challenges to you face in regards to mental wellness? 
  6. What self-care resources exist for women of color in particular? (if there aren’t any, how do you maintain this for yourself)
  7. How does Penn play a role in this?
  8. How does Penn ignore or belittle this [identity]?
Financial Aid
  1. How has the financial aid office failed you? 
  2. What are some financial challenges you face at Penn?
  3. How do you feel your experience is different or similar from other students at Penn?
  4. What challenges have you had in dealing with the financial aid office?
  5. Do you feel that they care/consider your situation as a woman of color?
Sexual Violence
  1. Do you feel targeted by men being a woman of color?
  2. Have you ever felt unsafe around men (of color/black men/men in greek life ) at Penn?
  3. What challenges have you had when relating to men of color/greek men at Penn?
  4.  How have you managed those experiences and what resources or help did you have to manage them?
  5. How do you remember that experience?
  6. What was this experience like for you?
  7. What has the healing process been like for you
  8. Why are you willing to share this experience? What do you hope other women can gain from your testimony?
  9. What do you feel comfortable sharing about that experience?
  10. How have you managed to deal with this experience in the aftermath? What challenges have you faced in trying to do so?
  1. What do we need specifically as women of color? At Penn? 
  2. How do we begin to racism and sexism?
  3.  What does Penn need to do?
  4. What do men need to do [to help end sexual violence]?
  5. Define what revolution means to you OR what freedom means to you. 
  6. How can we be revolutionary as women of color on Penn’s campus?
  7. Define your identity in two words. Do you think being at Penn has changed your identity? If so, how? Who were you before Penn?