As May 2020 rolled around and Cal Poly students Eddie Railsback and Juan Vergara began playing around with senior project ideas, one discussion led them to the importance of sharing intersectional experiences and the “unwritten barriers” in publishing for people of color. Thein their idea was born: a creative writing journal created by and for Black and Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC).
Approximately 7 thousand miles away in the Philippines, sophomore Audrey Mallari jolts awake to the sound of her 4:30 a.m. alarm. After splashing water on her face and preparing for the long day ahead, she opens Zoom, starting with a 5 a.m. architecture studio class.
This is a typical morning for many international students at Cal Poly. International students taking classes abroad have navigated a host of issues during the pandemic, such as travel restrictions, time difference and uncertainty.