On Saturday, I participated in Detroit Partnership’s annual Detroit Partnership Day for the second year in a row. This time, thankfully, there was no self-congratulatory rhetoric or encouragement to “fix Detroit.” We were there to learn about the community, do what we could in the few hours we had and leave with the understanding that we hadn’t even made a dent in the process. Residents thanked us, but no one praised us for being decent, as they had in years past.
Lauren Schandevel is a first year student from Warren, Michigan. She is currently pursuing a degree in political science (though the Ford school seems increasingly appealing) with a concentration on education policy and income inequality. Her column focuses on higher education from the perspective of a working class, first generation college student to whom an elite status and access to myriad opportunities is entirely new. She is extremely active in the political culture on campus, dividing her time between the Daily and the College Democrats. In her free time, she enjoys reading, consuming caffeinated beverages, and taking poorly timed and questionably deserved naps.