Yanni- is an incredible young man who has worked hard on issues around social justice and race relations inside of his predominantly white school. His college application process was one where his college counselor was sure that he had a chance at a place like Stanford or some other top schools in the country. He took the right classes, he got the right grades however his test scores were on par with most 1st gen to college students. At the end of the day he had some great choices, but his “dream” school, Stanford was not among them. He knew it was going to be a reach, but as his counselor told him, he had put in the work and could only hope for the best. :( On the bright side, he will be attending a much better school on the other side of the Bay, UC Berkeley, so it isn’t like he lost here.
Anyway he wrote and performed this powerful spoken word piece from the perspective of a Filipino student applying to the “dream”. please click the first link and help him out, I know he will appreciate it, and his counselor definitely will too!
In Yanni’s own words: “For my end of the year project as a Young Artist at Work (YAAW) with the Yerba Buena Center for the arts, I’ve created a spoken word choreography media based piece that shares personal accounts as well as realities many students of color face when applying to higher education schools. I decided to narrow the piece to Stanford University because that was the school my parents believed was meant for me, and where I thought I only the best of the best attended. Because the location was local, I thought I’d make my piece site specific and shoot it there. My goal was this piece was to share my story and views on the inequalities the exists in today’s society pertaining to education and the inter-sectionality between race and class. Schools like Stanford are known to be “reach” schools, and with this piece I aim to highlight the fact that higher education schools are inevitably more of a reach for students who come from historically discriminated backgrounds than those with wealth and legacy.
One day I believe these systems will be demolished and that everyone will have equitable access to a great education.”