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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pay Students for Diversity Labor

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President Donald Trump’s executive ban on visas from Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen was recently suspended by a federal judge, which is in effect nationwide — though it is curr

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In the winter of 2007, 10-year-old me bitterly watched then-Senator Barack Obama announce his bid for the presidency from his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. As I sat on my grandmother’s bed, arms folded, I lamented, “He is going to take my job!

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Last Friday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order inappropriately titled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Ostensibly, the goal was to limit immigration from countries that the Trump administration deemed high-risk for terrorism in the Unite

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Dr. Ijaz receives her award for Woman of the Year
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We sat in her hospital room, just my granny and me, as she told me about her solar technology patent. The topic transported her mind from her blue gown lit by fluorescent lighting to her classroom at Virginia Tech.

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They encapsulate my immigrant body

in a reflecting see-through container.

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

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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.

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

When I walk into

the classroom

the grocery store

the mall

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Light blue blanket

covers,  

skin

the moon lights

eyes and

the room

face?

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Black History Month, for me, is by far the most meaningful month of the year. A time to reflect on the triumphs, tragedies and teachable moments of the past, while celebrating the influential people, institutions and events of today.

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Dear friend,

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A few days ago, here at the University of Michigan, undergraduate computer science and electrical engineering students received a series of malicious emails that threatened the safety and lives of our African American and Jewish friends.

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Dear America,

 

Here’s a bedtime story

it’ll make the 10 o’clock news but not the history books

teachers won’t even mention it or take a second look 

Once upon a time, not long ago 

the moonlight lit the streets

not in Detroit but in Ohio,

And yet we bleed the same and share the same parts
 
but privilege is your name while mine is Black like the galaxy. And you
 
have connotations like beach white or innocence and I can’t even find
 
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I wake up in my room and I close my eyes, trying to go back to sleep as the sun shines through my windows. In a state neither quite asleep nor awake, I hear the sound of a plane. Instantly, I am awake. All I can hear is the sound of the plane, and it’s coming closer.