Post-Summit Reflection

February 3, 2017

By Francesca Kehl

In the world we live in today, there are several relevant issues that deserve our attention.  As a member of Bruin Consent Coalition, I am passionate about sexual assault advocacy and awareness. Throughout my time in BCC and at UCLA, I have become increasingly aware of the various issues that student activists fight for everyday on our campus and it is hard not to think to myself, “Am I doing enough?”  

At the Students Against Sexual Violence Summit this past Saturday, one of the keynote speakers (and former Co-Director of BCC), Ishani Patel, touched upon this question, and what she said resonated with me. Ishani explained that an important aspect of student activism is that we have a lot of people who are passionate about a select few things, so it’s OKAY to not march for every single cause or be at every single event.

I appreciated Ishani’s speech because with the state of the world we live in, it is hard to feel as though any work you are doing is leading to tangible change. But seeing new faces at the summit, both people who have just recently joined BCC and people who just happened to hear about the Summit and decided to attend on short notice reassures me that although we cannot personally be out there fighting for every cause we believe in and support, we can slowly bring about the change we want to see in the world we live in.