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Hoop Dreams and Human Dignity

My grandparents were warriors. They fought against apartheid in South Africa in the 1950s and…

Lock Up The World

Enough.  Slam. Click. Lock.    What to do with the key? Guess I’ll give it a…

Homecooked: Persian Food Traditions For Health

American-born Iranians from my generation understand a few things as fact: We are expected to…

THE SILVER IN OUR LININGS

Long ago in a distant world, life used to be so normal that an abnormal…

Mooning Myself

I was born! And when I was born, I was a cute little baby. Fresh,…

Origins

Before I was born the erasure of my origins was imprinted in my genes the…

Remembering Ruben Ramos Herrera

The glimmer of the setting sun brushes the tips of grassy plains. The scene is…

A Parent & Adjunct Assistant Professor’s Guide to the Pandemic

The COVID-19 Pandemic has been an informing moment in time for me.  When life changed…

A Student’s Guide to Self-Management During the Pandemic

For millions of students enrolled in college programs, this year looks drastically different than previous…

We’re not separate from our environment.

My body lurched and pressed against the young male doctor in training next to me,…

Midnight

I just finished viewing a documentary about dark-skinned Black females, women with melanin magic, women…

The Spiritual Fruits of Learning to See

On the eve of the 2020 presidential election, anxiety is mounting over the looming prospect…

October is “Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month”

My four-year-old daughter, Xun — her name means wind in Chinese — started attending the…

Students vs. the Shutdown: The Unheard Voices of the COVID Generation

Over the summer, the members of my high school’s debate club Zoomed in from countries…

What It Means to “Trust the Body” in The Time of Trump

“Facts matter” flashes across screens constantly as an important contrast to the swirl of misinformation…