Growing up as an ethnic and religious minority in America, it has always been easy for me to list the hardships I faced. I could talk about all the clichés of being at crossroads with my identity; I could talk about how my whole life has been an attempt at diluting my Arabness to better fit who I am as an American. But when I think back to my childhood I can’t help but to think of all the nice things that came with being a religious and ethnic minority in America.
Educator and activist Yavilah McCoy joined Michigan Hillel for a Shabbat dinner on Friday to talk about social activism and the role Judaism plays in activism.
The event, “Courageous Conversation Towards Equity and Empowerment for All Students,” was one of a series of events that took place Feb. 1-3 with McCoy as Hillel’s Scholar in Residence for the weekend.
Following record low temperatures and a Consumers Energy alert to lower thermostats on Wednesday and Thursday, thousands of Michigan residents faced possible harm due to lack of heating and other necessary resources.
On Feb. 1, the city of Ann Arbor awarded a $15,000 Sustaining Ann Arbor Together grant to A2 STEAM at Northside Elementary School. The school will use the grant to fund the implementation of a solar curriculum for students in kindergarten through eighth grade to support educational efforts about clean energy and its use.
With the Oscars right around the corner, Sammy talks with our producers Olive Scott and Livi McKenzie about the awards season. Then, Sammy talks with film writer, Madeleine Gaudin, and the director of the Umich screenwriting program, Jim Burnstein.