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Amplify Womxn of UCI: Hearing Our Stories | Sydney and Tatum of The Welcome Table ♥ ★

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Amplify Womxn of UCI, Hearing our Stories - Wednesday, 5/26/21, 12:00 - 1:00 PM New Episodes!
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About Amplify Womxn of UCI

The Amplify series was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Erica Turley-De Villa and Tanya Zabalegui, two of our board members for A&PW envisioned a form of storytelling that would provide a space for womxn of UCI to be heard. As Erica and Tanya began sharing their idea with individuals across campus, the support was immediate and generous. There are well over 15+ departments throughout campus that are either collaborating, supporting, or consulting on this initiative, and we are so grateful.


Our guests this time, Sydney and Tatum, are two UCI literary journalism majors and talented story tellers. They are co-hosts of the CASE District VIII winning series, “The Welcome Table with Sydney and Tatum,” a web-series that spotlights pivotal moments in the lives of UCI’s Black faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The series has become part of the UCI’s Office of Inclusive Excellence Black Thriving Initiative.  They are the co-founders of Black Fam 2.5, a podcast that began as a response to little representation on UCI’s campus and their goal to highlight the minority experience by featuring Black stories and accomplishments that aim to encourage narratives that inform others and inspire difficult conversations that matter.  Black Fam 2.5 has been featured on several news platforms and shows, including ABC 7.

Sydney A. Charles

Sydney’s passions lie in exploring topics relating to race, interethnic communities, popular culture, and the mark of institutional racism in America. She is the news editor for UCI’s The New University. She is also a content writer for the marketing department at UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business. Sydney has moderated discussions about race and marginalized communities with guests like 1619 project creator Nikole-Hannah Jones, and Ear Hustle creator Nigel Poor.

Tatum Larsen

Tatum Larsen is a fourth year Literary Journalism student at the University of California, Irvine. Larsen intertwines her passion for people and social issues with her work in the interest of making a positive difference. Larsen is currently a Campus News Editor at the student-run newspaper, The New University and co-host of the award-winning web-series, The Welcome Table. In the past, she was a reporter for the Campus Skinny at KUCI News.

Event Moderators

  • Erica Turley-De Villa, Education Chair, A&PW
    Research & Development Senior Analyst, UCI School of Biological Sciences
  • Tanya Zabalegui, Co-Chair, A&PW
    Liaison for Corporate Engagement & Partnerships, UCI Division of Continuing Education