Existing While Black at The University of Rochester by Calvin Eaton

Existing While Black at The University of Rochester The University was my first “career” job out of college (PWI; RIT) way back in 2006 and like so many other BIPOC ( Black , Indegenous, People of Color) people. I have stories of overt racism and covert microagressions during my tenure as a staff member ofContinue reading “Existing While Black at The University of Rochester by Calvin Eaton”

A Wednesday Word from The Director | Be Kind to Yourself

During these uncertain times a 540Monthly Membership ensures that 540WMain is able to create multi-media content, virtual classes, and educational programming rooted in and taught from a social justice and anti-racism perspective. If you love 540WMain consider becoming a 540Monthly member for a little as $3/month.  Dear Community, It’s been awhile since I’ve written aContinue reading “A Wednesday Word from The Director | Be Kind to Yourself”

All About Melanin by Calvin Eaton | 29 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History (VI)

A 540Monthly Membership ensures that 540WMain is able to create and curate low cost/high impact educational content and programming rooted in antiracism, arts/culture & humanities, and wellness.  If you love 540WMain consider becoming a 540Monthly Member today. Help 540WMain reach its goal of 100 monthly members. Click here All About Melanin Fast Facts Eumelanin isContinue reading “All About Melanin by Calvin Eaton | 29 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History (VI)”

I’m White and I Screw Up a Lot by Erin Egloff

Recently, in a discussion on anti-racist action, I listened to a woman share her experiences and frustrations with white people “committing” to anti-racist work and then, after a certain period, abandoning the work to shift their attentions elsewhere. She reminded our group of an essential fact: people of color don’t have the option to ignoreContinue reading “I’m White and I Screw Up a Lot by Erin Egloff”

A Child Who Lived with Autism: Why Person First Language Matters by Calvin Eaton

A local tragedy that resulted in the death of a 14 year old young man brought out the need for a complete overhaul of the local Rochester City School District. However, the case also highlighted  how we classify and talk about individuals living with disabilities and mental illness. The young man Trevyan Rowe lived withContinue reading “A Child Who Lived with Autism: Why Person First Language Matters by Calvin Eaton”