I Am Not a Mascot

by Amber Roberts, ’16

Amber Roberts is a freshman at Stanford University and currently resides in Muwekma-tah-ruk, the Native American/Alaskan Native/ Pacific Islander themed house on the row. She grew up on Saipan, a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean.  Amber is Palauan-Caucasian, and is very proud of her islander heritage.  She is hoping to pursue a degree in Environmental Engineering.

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3 thoughts on “I Am Not a Mascot

  1. Anonymous says:

    are those not florida st. mascots on the top right and bottom left?

  2. Anonymous says:

    This might be slightly off-topic but I’ve always wondered why Stanford lumps together Polynesians/Micronesians/Pacific Islanders together with North American Indians/Indigenous people. They’re not even anywhere close to being similar peoples in terms of cultural heritage. It makes just as much sense to lump these groups together as it would be to lump together Europeans with East Asians. Is it just because they’re such small groups that it’s easier to just treat them as the same? And why do Stanford students also go along with this?

    • Anonymous says:

      Indigenous pacific islanders and Native Americans have more in common than you may think. These people have lost so much of their culture and land to colonization. Although they call different lands their home, their struggle to preserve their heritage against more powerful imperialist forces is very similar.

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