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Just keep swimming: coping with others’ success
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Just keep swimming: coping with others’ success

Growing up, everyone told me I was a “gifted” child. My GPA and standardized test scores deemed me capable of changing the world. I could write novels, run for office, or find the cure for cancer if I wanted to. For years, I heard teachers, parents, and advisors tell me that I could accomplish anything. When...

Tuition talks are a two-way street
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Tuition talks are a two-way street

When student protesters marched across campus and into Faculty Assembly last fall, they called for more than just a few conciliatory remarks and an email from administration. They asked for real, immediate structural change for the benefit of disenfranchised students of color, and they were promised action. Now, months later, they are seeing their demands...

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Cultivating a culture of biracial inclusion

I was always told as a child that despite being half Lebanese, I should call myself white. My mother would make me check off “Caucasian” on school forms asking for racial/ethnic identity. My grandmother refused to teach me Aramaic when I begged her to let me learn. When I told my aunt I wanted to...

Op-Ed: Say my name: recognizing trans identities
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Op-Ed: Say my name: recognizing trans identities

When I first began to look at Emerson College back in my junior year of high school, a big factor influencing my choice of school was the LGBTQ culture. I wanted to know what kind of community I would be entering if I attended, and I was thrilled to see that the school seemed to...