Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Michigan in Color: Hear me

Courtesy of Veniece Session


I believe in the power of love and what it represents: peace, acceptance, freedom. I dared to love others, as a way to build the bridge and open lines of communication that many may feel are a lost cause. This spoken word piece allowed me the opportunity to convey my message about the power of love...

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Michigan in Color: An unsafe campus climate

Courtesy of Rami Faraj


This is a message to students who have been lucky enough to never face real discrimination. This is a message to students who truly feel that this campus was safe before March 18th, 2014.

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Viewpoint: Hunting for more than eggs


As a tutor, as a mentor, as someone to help them not just find “x”, but to find their own path. And the chance to help them find these things, the chance to perhaps inspire them, is why I do it.

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Viewpoint: What about the color green?


My experiences at Michigan sometimes dilute my perception of wealth distribution. But my studies at Michigan have taught me that even being a dull shade of green still means being exponentially more privileged than the vast majority of others throughout the rest of the state, country and world.

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Viewpoint: I am still pro-Israel


Too often, polarizing phrases like “pro-Israel” interfere with people’s ability to express their true feelings. The tone within the Jewish community seems to be that publicly taking issue with the unethical and unjustifiable actions that Israel commits on a regular basis makes one “anti-Israel,” the only logical alternative to “pro.”

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Michigan in Color: Learning to see color

Courtesy of Layan Charara


Color is not binary. Identities are fluid. People come in many shades, and it’s important to understand that they are all difficult to navigate. It’s not a matter of white versus non-white. It’s a matter of giving people the space they require to negotiate their feelings and experiences.

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Michigan in Color: Losing laughter

Courtesy of Zanib Sareini


They say laughter is the best medicine. I’m the girl laughing three days in a row at the same old joke. Laughter is my medicine. It cures all. It cures my bad days. It cures my discomfort. A day without laughter is a day without coffee and I need my coffee. I need my laughter.

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