From Privilege to Progress

In 2018, two African American men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, were arrested inside a Starbucks in Philadelphia, seemingly for no reason. While the two were waiting for a business meeting, a Starbucks employee called the cops on them for not buying a coffee.  

One woman spoke up; another tweeted the video of the incident. The viral video prompted backlash against Starbucks and the Philadelphia Police and sparked a heated dialogue about racism and racial profiling.

Together, these two women, Melissa DePino and Michelle Saahene, started From Privilege to Progress, a national movement calling upon allies to #ShowUp against racism. By encouraging others to understand racism and use their privilege to speak up in their everyday lives, DePino and Saahene hope to change the conversation about racism for the better.

Join DePino and Saahene on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at 4 p.m. in the Joe Crowley Student Union Theatre to hear their story and learn about to #ShowUp against racism in on social media and in your everyday life.

This free event is sponsored by the Joe Crowley Student Union, the Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society, the Reynolds School of Journalism and the University of Nevada, Reno Office of the President.

If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact Jessica Fagundes by January 15, 2019, at

Tuesday, January 22 at 4:00pm

Joe Crowley Student Union, Theatre
1500 North Virginia Street

Event Type

Civic and Service Engagement




Reynolds School of Journalism, President's Office, Student Services, Student Union



Reynolds School of Journalism


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Jeffrey Schulz

Jeffrey Schulz 1/19/2019

Looks like this will be very interesting!