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Walk the Talk: Conversations about Conversations about Race

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Walk the Talk is an introspective look at the issues of racism, diversity and equity, and the conversation surrounding them at the University of New Hampshire and beyond. This short documentary examines not only the different perspectives on these issues but the ways in which those perspectives contribute to discussions that need to happen, and in particular strives to identify and address what makes those conversations so difficult in the first place. It finds that addressing these difficulties is a crucial element of these conversations and an important step towards resolving these issues in a meaningful way. Film as a medium allows for this story to be told more readily by those interviewed and involved, and was an important part of encouraging the creators to examine the narrative they were constructing in the same way that the documentary sought to examine the narrative of conversations about the issues at hand.

ADAM BOVIE is a senior Communication and International Affairs dual major at the University of New Hampshire. He is from Vassalboro, Maine, and was drawn to Communication, Comm-entary, and CAMRA by an abiding interest in telling stories that matter in ways that people can connect to. Adam is grateful for the many opportunities, academic and otherwise, that he has had to tell such stories in these ways, and has no intention of stopping anytime soon.

EVA FORD is from Dover, New Hampshire. She is a Senior at the University of New Hampshire earning a Communication major and minors in Philosophy and Spanish. Her interests within the field of Communication primarily include digital culture and social inequality and power differentials. Throughout her experiences in life and particularly at the university, Eva developed an interest in bettering her own country and community rather than simply accepting stagnation of, or resistance to, social progress. Given her academic interests, coupled with a renewed interest to be a keen observer of social justice in her own society, her aim was to make a compelling argument about an issue for which she feels her positionality as a white female from an overwhelmingly white hometown may have given her insufficient appreciation.

CHRISTINE SPERANZA is a Senior Communication student from Long Valley, New Jersey with an interest in the effects of mass media on the world around us as well as how the media can be used to generate positive change. Outside of the classroom, UNH is a Digital Media Assistant on the UNH Social Team, a team that creates, curates, and monitors content on UNH’s official social media accounts in order to achieve university-wide and donor-relations initiatives.

APEKSHHA THAPA is a senior Communication student from Nashua, New Hampshire. Her own experiences as well as those of her friends and fellow students at UNH were part of her motivation for addressing the issues presented here in the form of a documentary, but Apekshha
is also driven by her outspoken advocacy for student health, safety, and community on campus. To this end, she is involved in a number of organizations both at UNH and beyond, including Alliance, OMSA, and the Waysmeet Center.

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