Why I joined MiC: Christian Paneda
I’ve always known that Michigan in Color is a space to reclaim narratives and an opportunity to be vulnerable yet subversive. That is why I joined in the first place; however, I’ve come to realize that Michigan in Color is more than a publication space. To me, Michigan in Color is a community.
Over the past years, I’ve been so honored to work with some of the most incredible writers, activists and dearest friends. There was De’Mario and Toni who led me my first year, and Alyssa, Ashley and Sabrina who inspired me to speak louder as a Filipino American. Then Ashley and Jason took over my second year to lead Adam, Areeba, Halimat, Neel, Sivanthy, Tanya and I. As a senior editor and summer managing editor, I’ve had the privilege of reading and editing so many important stories from amazing people.
Michigan in Color has given me so much direction in my life. I’m forever grateful for all the late nights at the office, brunches and editorial photoshoots. Though there were fun times filled with sugary coffee and banter, the more serious moments were lessons for me to grow. Though speaking out isn’t always easy, I’ve come to acknowledge and use the privilege I have to help uplift others who are not immediately afforded the same luxury.
I cannot thank my former editors enough for being in my life during my highest of highs and lowest of lows. They are truly the friends that have encouraged me to pursue my creative endeavors. I’ve learned so much about myself as a person of color and the importance of storytelling to both myself and others.
As my third year with Michigan in Color comes around, I cannot help but be excited to expand this community. There are so many thoughts that must be expressed and so many voices that need to be heard. As I have been supported to speak louder, I want to continue to do the same for other people of color on campus by passing on the MiC.