Watu Weusi is a Black student union dedicated to supporting students of African descent and/or who identify as Black at Scripps College.
The membership of Watu* Weusi consists of students of Scripps College who self-identify as being of black and African descent. Watu Weusi functions as a collective to support people of African descent at Scripps College, and beyond, in endeavors of socio-political, cultural, personal, and spiritual existence and resistance. Watu Weusi believes that all people are equal in worth, yet unique in what they bring to the world. As such, we shall strive to champion the rights of communities who have been historically oppressed. We shall strive to foster empowerment of students of African descent by encouraging our members to critically engage with the legacies of black history and black feminist liberation.
Weekly meetings are held in SCORE and closed to black identifying students at Scripps but all Scripps students and members of the Claremont College community are welcome to attend Wanawake Weusi events unless specified otherwise.
*April 19, 2017: Having Wanawake Weusi, meaning “black women” in Swahili, as the name of our black student union group perpetuates binaric notions of gender, assumes cis-ness, and is trans exclusionary. While we honor the legacy of those before us and the spaces they’ve helped build for the communities we hold now, we will be formally changing our name to Watu Weusi, meaning “black people” effective immediately.