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.

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.

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.

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.

If you are worried that the dissemination of “alternative facts” is undermining intelligent discourse and threatening our democracy, we advise you to pay closer to attention to LSA’s attempts to eliminate and distort the history of Asian/Pacific Islander Americans at the University of Michigan.


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

When I walk into

the classroom

the grocery store

the mall

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.

Don't forget about Flint. People there still don’t have clean water.

I'm from Flint, lucky to have my water untainted and saddened by the hundreds of homes ruined, people poisoned and voices unheard.

I, brown as an oven-baked biscuit


Answer the rising sun with color

Meet the night with fearless darkness. I am.


Light blue blanket



the moon lights

eyes and

the room