The Emotional Trauma of Racism

Featured Artwork: Daylight Illustrations I cried when I heard the story of Althea Bernstein, an 18-year-old biracial woman whose face and neck were burned by white men wielding lighter fluid in Wisconsin, though she fortunately survived. It’s clear that this was a racist hate crime, given that her attackers called her a racial slur just…

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What Mindful Therapy Taught Me

Featured Artwork: Sonaksha Trigger warning: very brief mentions of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and suicidal ideation. . . . In January, I started a 9-week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) group course. Following the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, I finished the course in my bedroom via Zoom. I’d spent about 7 months on the…

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Liberatory Self-Care Means Unlearning: How Rest Can Help Heal Intergenerational Wounds

Unpacking racialized myths of the Sambo and the Strong Black Woman is essential spirit work to Black folks learning how to practice radical self-care. . . . When it comes to liberation practices, no concept or idea can be enacted without doing the work. We see this often in direct action campaigns, organizing, and protests.…

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A Letter On A Paper

Featured Artwork: Anna Parini He returns home With his buttoned shirt And maroon tie   He breathes it in And lets out a sigh His backpack slouching Descends to the side   And plummets down With a muffled cry   He can’t disclose it Can’t let his parents know He failed his test Can’t let…

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Through Tulip-Shaped Glasses and 40 Year Memory

“I thought you rode camels, I was surprised to see you had cars” — I heard this a lot of times, I even heard that there were people surprised to see there was chocolate in Turkey.  A lot of people don’t know much about Turkey, or at least good things about it. It usually appears…

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Food For The Soul

Featured Artwork: Yulong Lli Roshini and I can bond in ways we can’t bond with our other friends sometimes. With her being Indian and me being Chinese, it’s like there’s an unspoken sisterhood of Asian-ness between us. Despite our countries of origin having the occasional border dispute and economic competition, they’re still neighbors. More importantly, thousands of miles…

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A Conversation: Why You Should Care About Inclusion

Featured Artwork: Elena Resko Inclusion broadly defined is a concept that all people should be accepted. However, this is often not the case in many academic settings. As communities continue to revolutionize the classroom, providing innovative new environments for students, two key components are often left out of the conversation: the concept of neurodiversity and…

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The Walls We Hide Behind

Featured Artwork: Elena Resko Immigrant culture entails hard work and success, but in the process produces the fear of being ridiculed if one ever deviates from that set standard of excellence. It’s not uncommon that even the simple utterance of the words “mental health” in the South Asian community are met with amused looks or…

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