Viewpoints

Wednesday, April 13, 2016: 5:15 p.m. 

Foreigner.

Conservative.

Oppressed.

I don’t spend most Saturdays around a lecture hall, but this past March, I made an exception. I had noticed a Facebook event for the Saturday Morning Physics talk series titled “Higgs and the Beginning of the Universe,” to be given by Bibhushan Shakya, a researcher here at the University.

In light of the racist chalkings on the Diag last week and violent rhetoric across the nation at large, Muslim, Middle Eastern and North African students have been confronted with a seemingly hostile climate on campus.

The LGBTQ community has made impressive advances in recent years, and we celebrate every victory that brings us closer to full equality for all. But there is still a lot of work to be done before LGBTQ Michiganders cease to be treated as second-class citizens.

Whenever my sister and I visit my uncle, we can always be sure to hear him say, “So how is Snobby-ville?” By “Snobby-ville,” my uncle is referring to Ann Arbor, and, more specifically, the University of Michigan campus.

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” –Audre Lorde

How can straight people — survivors or otherwise — be allies to the LGBTQ community both generally and in the context of sexual assault and intimate partner violence?

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

- Margaret Meade

Time and time again, Muslim students have found the administration absent when its support was needed most. Muslim students feel unsafe, unwelcome and unheard in a space that is meant to be inclusive of all identities.