Janice Witherspoon and Andrew Castro
Students Against Misogynistic Establishments, or SAME, was established as a counter campaign to the "fraternity of the alt-right": The Proud Boys. Through a combination of educational outreach and social media campaigns, we sought to dispel the narratives that were being produced by the Proud Boys. Often, the messages coming from the Proud Boys were based in anti-Semitic, queerphobic, misogynistic, and violent values and promoted them through their publication. In order to challenge the propagation of such reductive narratives, SAME was established and did outreach to counteract them.
Janice is majoring in Communication and Political Science. She initially chose these majors because they felt like the perfect combination of attempting to achieve a degree in speech and debate, something that she had very deeply loved in high school. They have always fit up her alleyway of interest and allow her to achieve access to higher levels of advocacy for herself and others.