Friday, May 14, 2021

News of the week

By Michael Eskridge, staff writer

Hi, Hornets!

In this week's newsletter, The State Hornet sits down with Asian students and faculty to discuss their experiences with racism, we break down how the university's Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds are being used and Associated Students, Inc. approves a social justice scholarship.

Asian Sac State students, faculty share experiences navigating racism during the pandemic

My-Thy Nguyen, Marietess Masulit and Yee Thao discuss their experiences dealing with anti-Asian racism due to xenophobic rhetoric tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. The State Hornet spoke with members of the Asian American community at Sac State about what they have experienced since the start of the pandemic. Photos courtsey of Nguyen, Masulit and Thao. 

From the start of the pandemic, Asian Americans have been the targets of racism and hate. The State Hornet spoke with members Sacramento State's Asian American community to give their thoughts on dealing with racism. 

"They group us all together although everyone in the community has such different perceptions and experiences,” said senior political science major Asialyn Lee. “Asians are the model minority, which discounts a lot of our racial trauma.”

Read about their experiences with being Asian American.

Where did all that money go?: A breakdown of $63.8 million HEERF II funds

Sacramento State received $63.8 million in the second installment of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds. This money was allocated toward different departments at Sac State with a focus on benefiting students and departments affected by COVID-19. Graphic made in Canva. Emma Hall

The State Hornet is breaking down the money Sac State received from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds. Sac State has been awarded over $100 million between HEERF I and HEERF II. 

Jonathan Bowman, Sac State chief financial officer, said through HEERF I and HEERF II around $52 million funds have been allocated “directly to students or made available to them through salaries and grants.” The big question remains: where did the rest of the HEERF II money go?

Check out the in-depth breakdown here.

Sac State ASI approves addition of social justice scholarship

Sacramento State’s ASI Vice President of Finance Prabhjyot Shinh discussed the new social justice scholarship with the Board of Directors during a board meeting on Wednesday, May 12. The scholarship is geared towards students that advocate for social justice, anti-racism and diversity. Screenshot taken via Zoom. Michael Pacheco

A social justice scholarship has been approved by ASI. The $500 scholarship will be given in the middle of both the fall and spring semesters to one full-time returning student each term. This scholarship is aimed at students who have a passion to fight against racism and stand for diversity.

“Leaving something behind and actually creating something that will outlast us, I think is important,” said ASI President Noah Marty. “I think, given the challenges that our students have faced this year, given the challenges we faced this year, a scholarship centering around social justice and anti-racism, I think, is the perfect way to allocate these funds.” 

Read more about the new scholarship here.

More headlines from around The State Hornet:


Other news you should know

  • Children start getting vaccinated at Cal Expo
    By Doug Johnson, Fox40 II  May 13
  • Counties Require Different Verifications To Allow Children 12-15 Vaccinations
    By Renée Santos, CBS 13 II May 13
  • For Black Millennials in Sacramento, The Pandemic Is Widening The Wealth Gap
    By Sarah Mizes-Tan, Capital Public Radio II May 11

Hi, readers, it's Michael here with the last newsletter of the semester. Next week is the week we've all been waiting for, or should I say dreading? Don't panic, listen to smooth jazz and go for a jog. We will conquer this together. For everyone graduating, I wish you the best of luck in whatever you decide to do. 

View this email in your browser

Were you forwarded this email? Subscribe here.

Questions, suggestion or pitches? Send us an email.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Copyright © 2021 The State Hornet. All rights reserved.

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
The State Hornet · 6000 J St · Del Norte 1006 · Sacramento, CA 95819-2605 · USA