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Meet a DA: Rita Carmona ’19

February 2, 2017
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Rita Carmona (far right) and cousins

The Thrill spotlights a Discrimination Advisor regularly to raise awareness about the resources available to students on campus in relation to issues of discrimination.  They have weekly Office Hours they announce via email and can also be reached at any time using this form. Stay safe this weekend, and know that there is always someone you can talk to if you need help. Today, we’re featuring Rita Carmona ’19.

If you were a fruit, which would you be and why?

A pomegranate because they’re really pretty, and not that I’m as pretty as a pomegranate but if we get to pick our destinies then yea, I’d want to be a pretty pomegranate.
What’s a book that really changed the way you see things?
Panther Baby by Jamal Jospeh.  It taught me a lot of the Black Panther party and a side of the Black Power movement I’d had a really skewed version of before.  It was really important to me for understanding social justice and what I wanted the world I live in to look like.
What’s your favorite Peirce dessert?
CHEESECAKE PLEASE MAKE MORE
If you had to give a one hour presentation during common hour, what would you do?
I think it would be about food.  Food is so important to me and it upsets me when people just look at is a biological thing we need for nourishment.  Food is culture and the way we live our lives is so set around what we eat.  People need to recognize the way food is important to our minds and well-being in a way that’s not just calorie intake but cultural understanding and a feeling of comfort and safety.
What did you think about this morning while you walked to your first class?
I was listening to a podcast about how to love and this girl does all this math to find her husband, and I was thinking about how maybe love is just like a math problem which would be nice because it would be simpler, but then I’d be screwed because I’m really terrible at math.
What’s the most exciting thing you’re learning right now?
I’m learning about modern Spanish American poetry and how revolutionary it was/is.  It’s helped me learn a lot about Latino culture and why it is the way it is.  It explains my mom and dad’s attitudes a lot and has helped me see the power of one person and their words.
What’s the most exciting thing you’re learning right now?
I’m learning about modern Spanish American poetry and how revolutionary it was/is.  It’s helped me learn a lot about Latino culture and why it is the way it is.  It explains my mom and dad’s attitudes a lot and has helped me see the power of one person and their words.
Why do you love Kenyon?
I love the community. I love the people that I’ve met that listen to me and help me feel apart of something.  It’s great seeing people you know all the time and having a place where you feel comfortable.
Why did you become a DA?
My identities are really important to who I am and the ways that I’ve explored that and grown into the person I am today is because of understanding them.  If I hadn’t had the people in my life that allowed me to explore those parts of me without malice, I wouldn’t be comfortable in my own skin.  I know for a lot of people college is the place where they explore their identities and I want Kenyon to be a place that people can do that freely without fear.

 

One Comment leave one →
  1. February 7, 2017 11:52 pm

    Why no jump?

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