When we conceptualize our nation as an ecosystem, our national and societal wounds — and their urgent need for repair — become deeply apparent. Despite this dire need for healing, it is also society’s responsibility to strive toward that reparation — to strive to nourish, to thrive effectively and efficiently. Michigan in Color’s was established in pursuit of healing and education.
In case you didn’t know, what with the whole global pandemic and everything, we’re right in the middle of Arab Heritage Month! In the U.S., April is dedicated to celebrating the rich history, culture and contemporary voices of Arabs and Arab Americans. And what better way to celebrate than with new reading material!
Lizzo was one of the best artists of 2019, solidified by her multiple Grammy wins this past January. However, the performer has been the target of a slew of anti-fat rhetoric for most of her career up to today, which is an unfortunate reality for many women that look like her.
Scheduling classes is certainly a stressful, difficult time for most students here at the University of Michigan. Between having your desired classes fill up, not being able to get into necessary courses and the overall chaos of what to even take, it is so easy to become overwhelmed by all the choices to make. It doesn’t help that there are so many classes to choose from, and when combining that with outside obligations such as work, it can feel like a total mess.
From a young age, I wanted to change the way I looked. Every town I grew up in consisted of spaces that never seemed to fit me; they were made for specific kinds of identities and people to grow up comfortably in. I was very insecure about how I looked mainly because I wasn’t white. Being racialized as something other than white complicated the ways in which I viewed myself.
Learning a new language is like entering a different dimension. A limitless universe in which one can see past socially constructed concepts like race, gender and the hierarchy of languages. A dimension in which one has the liberty to view words as arbitrary combinations of sounds used to describe the world around us.