Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 11:35pm

In the past three years at this university, I’ve learned a ton. Most of my learning has been done outside of the classroom, however, I have also learned by actively taking part in movements, issues and communities that challenge me to think about the world critically. As a result, I have learned to see myself not just as an individual, but as part of a larger system, part of various communities, part of a dynamic, chaotic and ever-changing world. I’ve learned through sit-ins, demonstrations and planning and attending events as a board member of the Arab Student Association.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 11:32pm

I did not understand what it means to be Black in America until I arrived at the University of Michigan. I will never forget attending Campus Day and watching droves of white people walking to the stadium for a football game. I was terrified, not because I did not see any Black people, but because I could only see a handful of POC. My mom saw my fear and merely laughed because I was the one who chose to leave the Nigerian hub, which is Texas, for somewhere “too far away.”

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 7:05pm

When going to a lecture that you know no one in, you hope that friendly people sit next to you. There is that intimidation of not knowing anyone and awkwardly looking through your phone or doing things on your laptop to keep yourself preoccupied while others around you chatter away. Half of the people there seem to know exactly what is going on and the other half seem to be just as lost as you.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 5:58pm
Traditional dancing at the protest

On Tuesday, La Casa — the Latinx Umbrella organization on campus — and SAFE — Students Allied for Freedom and Equality — collaborated to conduct a “Border Protest Blackout” on the Diag to protest unfair border policies in both Palestine and Mexico. The event aimed to raise awareness about the issues that stem from these policies and the devastating effects they have on people both abroad and right here on campus. It also aimed to foster solidarity and community and bridge the common struggles between two targeted communities.

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 3:52pm

Somewhere in China, a little girl talks to her father on the phone. He is in the United States. She tells him he is a bad person and that the Chinese police are good people. That’s the last he hears from her for six months. His wife soon divorces him, because being married to him puts a “target on her back.” He is left hopeless, posting on social media in hopes of finding his wife and daughter. Unfortunately, the reason for this separation is this man, Tahir Imin, and his family have been diagnosed with a deadly disease.