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  • Blog
    Mon, 28 Nov 2016
    ArticleWhat it Means to Be a Veteran Nowadays

    I’m starring in a movie, and I’m doing nothing but running. I run really hard and long. High and low. I stop to spit out a lung before I completely exhaust myself, but no, I don’t do that. I don’t stop for a single second because I’m in a race and I need to keep running. As I’m running, I meet some... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 18 Nov 2016
    ArticleFrom the Campus Clubhouse

    Each day in this election season there were articles and stories aplenty that highlighted our veterans and military. It feels like they are being used as a political football these days. It got me to thinking about the new crop of student veterans on campus this fall who are looking to navigate their way through college. But I am most... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 15 Nov 2016
    ArticleWhat to do about November 9?

    November 9 was a fateful day for Americans. After a tense and divisive election season, Hillary Clinton conceded and Donald Trump was named president-elect. While the historical context of this date in the United States is not yet known, November 9 has an ironic and iconic meaning for the people of another country: Germany. On November... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 15 Nov 2016
    ArticleOur Common Responsibility Beyond the Ballot

    For decades, state and local governments around the country have been busy debating and restricting LGBTQI people’s access to basic rights and public services. Trans people still face interpersonal and state violence at horrific rates, and too many faith traditions still scrutinize and marginalize LGBTQI people and our families.... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 14 Nov 2016
    A Country in Divide – How Can We Move Forward?

      Now that this deeply polarizing presidential election is over, it is time to begin to think about how we move forward as a country. This election has brought to light the deep disconnect that exists between various segments of our society, whether it is across race, religion, economic status, military service, or education... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016
    ArticleAnything for a Pair of Shoes

    At a recent writing conference in Manhattan, I lunched with a group of other attendees.  They were mostly newly retired women; savvy, professionally accomplished New Yorkers now looking to focus on the book they’d always dreamed of writing. We started talking about our work, and I told the women that my writing centers on the... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 7 Nov 2016
    ArticleIt’s Important That You Vote—Period

    Generally speaking, cities like Chicago, L.A. and New York swing their state in a particular political direction with little to no recourse. The election tomorrow should be no different. What should be different is your level of commitment. You should vote not only tomorrow but in every single election legally available to you. Party... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 7 Nov 2016
    ArticleA Refugee with a Dream for his People

    On a serene night, my family embarked on a long and treacherous journey over the Himalayas. With bruises, frostbite, and hunger, they managed to survive the journey. After weeks of walks along the snowcapped mountains, they were finally able to flee the genocide in Tibet. I was born without knowing exactly where I belonged, why I was in... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 26 Oct 2016
    Article#VeteransforKaepernick

    I’m not sure if public schools still do this but I remember standing, hand over heart, reciting the pledge of allegiance before the start of class each day. During this period in my life, even in the midst of a crack epidemic that gripped my neighborhood in its jaws like a vise, I loved my country. The pledge of allegiance and the... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 25 Oct 2016
    ArticleHow I See It...

    During our first Danita Branam Dialogue, we explored the concept of identity, race and privilege. For many, it was an eye-opening experience. Once I got past the idea that this evening had my name attached to it and that it was an annual event, I settled into the moment and found myself wondering about the varied life-experiences in the... more...

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