Members of the community are invited to attend an opening event for the Double Jeopardy Transmedia Project Exhibition which includes a panel discussion on student activism against sexual violence on college campuses across Los Angeles, featuring student activist leaders from UCLA, USC, and Occidental college, as well as expert speakers and professionals in the field.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to view works of art created by UC students who share their experiences related to sexual violence and anti-Asian racism.
Food and raffle prizes will also be included.
As a dedicated student-led team from UCLA, Eunhee Park (Department of Community Health Sciences, UCLA Fielding) and Jianchao Lai (Department of Social Welfare, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs) launched this project in response to the surge in discrimination against Asian communities and the mental health challenges they face on college campuses in the aftermath of COVID-19 with faculty advisors Dr. Jennifer Wagman (Department of Community Health Sciences, UCLA Fielding) and Lauren McCarthy (Department of Design Media Art, UCLA Design Media Arts). This project delves into the intersection of gender-based discrimination and sexual violence within the lives of Asian international and American students, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students across the University of California system. Collaborating with UC students who have experienced sexual violence, harassment, intimate partner violence, and/or anti-Asian discrimination, The team facilitated the creation of diverse artworks, including photography, drawings, writing, and audio narratives. This artistic expression not only fosters personal introspection but also opens up conversations that contribute to the healing journey of the students and enhance response systems for both social and institutional violence. Through this interactive exhibition, the team aims to empower affected individuals and ignite a movement that raises awareness, fosters understanding, and ultimately inspires change. By harnessing the power of art and activism, they seek to shed light on the complex and deeply personal struggles of the Asian community, and together, build a more inclusive and supportive environment for everyone.