Secrets can be empowering. Join the PostSecrets discussion on Jan. 28 in the ASI Diversity Center. (Photo: ASI)
Some people have bullies in middle or high school. I’ve had the same bully for 22 years. Thanks, Mom.
I hate my daughter for ruining my life. I’m a teen mom.
I'm learning to love my scars because they remind me of how far I have come since my accident.
These are submissions to PostSecret, an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard. Cal State East Bay will host a PostSecret event from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 28 in the ASI Diversity Center.
Because shared secrets are meant to be empowering both to the author and to those who read it, the CSUEB Diversity Center will use this event to encourage a dialogue about the issues students face — with an emphasis on mental health issues — create an open and safe forum for students to express their secrets, regrets, fears, desires, and talents, and let students know they are not alone and that they should speak up and reach out for help if needed.
PostSecret creator Frank Warren claims that the postcards are inspirational to those who read them, have healing powers for those who write them, give hope to people who identify with a stranger's secret, and create an anonymous community of acceptance.
Email the ASI Diversity Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-885-3908 for more information.