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Ivanka Reksono

Major(s): Gender and Sexuality Studies

Tulane has taught me the importance of  diversity in community building. The clubs and organizations I am involved in have helped me realize the importance of the expression of individuals. I am president of the Asian American Student Union, President of Gamma Rho Lambda, I'm on the Presidential Commission on Race and Tulane Values, and was Co-Director of Diversity & Inclusive Excellence of the Undergraduate Student Government. I also produced Hers, Theirs, Ours my sophomore year. Tulane has given me the ability to collaborate and value the experiences of others. It has taught me to attempt to meet people where they are at and challenge my own experiences and lack of consciousness, in order to become more aware of systemic oppression and the needs of others.
 
The Office of Multicultural Affairs, has supported me since my freshman year at Tulane. The Office has helped me realize I'm not alone and I have a community on this campus. The staff of the O are supportive individuals who have helped me make connections to other students of color and queer students at Tulane. The O has given me hope Tulane can become more inclusive via the programming and steps taken to challenge campus climate. The experiences and connections I have made at Tulane have helped me become hopeful for the future. I now want to have a career that focuses on social development! Sometimes it does not feel feasible, but we still need to be hopeful and work as catalysts of change. My experiences with diversity will shape my future after Tulane because my goals and intentions will be linked towards inclusivity and compassion.