Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 4:37pm


Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 5:40pm
Designed by Ava Weiner



They encapsulate my immigrant body

in a reflecting see-through container.

They shout put your hands up, don’t waste time

strands of shawl caught in purse. Stitched

them back under arm. Stay still, snarled.

Like a silhouette’s whispers. Unheard.


Unassuming lurch forward look around

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 5:32pm

During contract negotiations this year, the Graduate Employees’ Organization issued a proposal to create 23 paid, unionized graduate student positions dedicated to implementing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategic plans at the University of Michigan. This plan to create DEI Graduate Student Staff Assistants was developed by campus leaders involved in DEI organizing and represented a grassroots, bottom-up, initiative to align the University’s DEI values with real-world practice.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 6:27pm

In the MiC Spotlight series, our editors and contributors reflect on the reasons they joined MiC and their hopes for their work and the section.


When I was a kid, I wanted to be an author.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 3:53pm

We are currently in the thick of March Madness, a time of year when it seems as though everyone is an expert in all things basketball. People are filling out brackets, making bets and anxiously watching as many games as they possibly can. This time, more than ever, I am reminded of one of the things that annoyed me most during my childhood, along with being the cause of a lot of anxiety and decreased self-esteem. When I met new people, usually adults, or saw family members whom I did not see on a regular basis, they would ask me, “Do you play any sports?” Now this in itself is harmless.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 5:07pm

I began my freshman year the way most people do: completely unsure of what classes to take. I decided to take a class that would fulfill the Race and Ethnicity requirement so I would not have to take it again in my undergraduate career. I took a class on the history of Islam in South Asia because it fit my schedule. And though the class was informative overall as a history class, it had little to do with my experiences as a South Asian woman and nothing to do with inequities as they exist relating to ethnicity.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 4:33pm

If you are worried that the dissemination of “alternative facts” is undermining intelligent discourse and threatening our democracy, we advise you to pay closer to attention to LSA’s attempts to eliminate and distort the history of Asian/Pacific Islander Americans at the University of Michigan.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 4:23pm


When you greet me, do you only see my hijab?

When I walk into

the classroom

the grocery store

the mall

the gym

the airport


Do you only see my hijab?


When I am




Monday, March 13, 2017 - 5:24pm

When I was a kid, I loved American Girl dolls. They were just expensive dolls, but they were also a defining innovation of my entire upbringing. The historical dolls scene was the best — don’t argue. Felicity was my favorite, but Nellie was pretty cool and Molly was all right. Don’t talk to me about Samantha though. My best friend and I would spend hours at her house poring through magazine pages, picking out the dolls we wanted and the outfits we would put them in. We read all the books together, and made up our own stories once we finished the books.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 6:04pm

Don't forget about Flint. People there still don’t have clean water.

I'm from Flint, lucky to have my water untainted and saddened by the hundreds of homes ruined, people poisoned and voices unheard.

We must never forget about Flint. The aftereffects of lead poisoning will continue to harm and haunt many for the years to come. May we learn from this negligence and work and speak so something like this will never happen again.

The following is a poem I wrote a year ago when the coverage of the crisis was just beginning: