‘My Name is Myeisha’ Wins at Slamdance Film Festival

“My Name is Myeisha,” the film adaptation of “Dreamscape,” a play written by UC Riverside Professor of Playwriting Rickerby Hinds, has been awarded the Audience Award for Beyond Feature at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The director of the film is Gus Krieger.

The festival also recognized the film’s main actress, Rhaechyl Walker, a UCR alumna, with the Slamdance Acting Award.

“Dreamscape” is based on the 1998 shooting of 19-year-old Tyisha Miller, a Rubidoux resident who was sitting in her car when she was shot and killed by Riverside police. The incident sparked demonstrations and protests amid claims of police brutality and racism.

“My Name is Myeisha” won the Audience Award for Beyond Feature at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. courtesy

“‘My Name Is Myeisha’ is one of the best feature narratives to have played at Slamdance and central to its a success is the performance of Rhaechyl Walker, one of the best I have ever seen,” said Peter Baxter, co-founder and president of the festival.

Hinds’ “Dreamscape” has received many awards and recognitions, including three awards from the National Association of Colored People (NAACP) in December 2016.

Hinds, a playwright, screenwriter and producer, is a professor of playwriting at UCR. A native of Honduras, he moved to South Central Los Angeles at 13. Hinds’ play, “Daze to Come,” debuted in 1989 as the first full-length play to use the founding elements of hip hop as the primary language of the stage. He received his M.F.A. in playwriting from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, where he was twice awarded the Audrey Skirball-Kenis Award for best play.

Sandra Baltazar Martínez

New Student Advisory Board on Sexual Violence Prevention

Selection criteria included students’ interest in and knowledge of Title IX related issues and commitment to engage students at their campus.

A new 19-member Student Advisory Board, with UCR represented by Carisha Moore and Mackenzie Gregg, has been established to provide input to the university on its ongoing efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The board held its first meeting on Feb. 5. The board members will serve as liaisons between students and the UC Systemwide Title IX Office on the university’s continuing prevention and response efforts. They will provide information to students about UC’s latest efforts, share students’ feedback with Systemwide Title IX Coordinator Kathleen Salvaty, and help identify emerging issues.

The board consists of one undergraduate and one graduate student from each campus, except for UCSF which does not offer undergraduate programs and will be represented by one graduate student.

“We were impressed by the more than 100 applications we received, which underscores how passionate our students are about this issue,” Salvaty said. “We’re eager to expand the ways in which we receive feedback from students and we’re looking forward to working with the new Student Advisory Board.”

Student Regent Paul Monge helped lead the effort to form the Student Advisory Board.  A committee, which was comprised primarily of students and included Office of the President staff, reviewed the applications and selected the board members. The selection criteria included students’ interest in and knowledge of Title IX related issues, commitment to engage students at their campus and connect with the rest of the board, and ability to think broadly. The selection committee also strove to assemble a board that represented diverse backgrounds and experiences.

The new board members will serve until June 2019. The university will invite students to apply for the next one-year board term in early 2019.

Students are encouraged to reach out to the board member representing their campus to discuss sexual violence-related issues.

Samantha Stanfill 

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