Justice for CUNY & College Now

Hello, fellow leaders! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CUNY’s budget is on the line. Similarly, the College Now program, which is a fruit of the collaboration between CUNY and NYC Department of Education, is facing threats with budget cuts. My colleagues and I are urging the New York City Council to preserve and expand funding for our beloved institution. I hope that you will join us by signing our petition

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Whiff of Democracy

Whiff of Democracy Our nation has met challenging times throughout its history, whether during the Civil War, the Great Depression, or the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. In 2020, America experiences yet another testing moment: the COVID-19 pandemic. The harm brought by the pandemic goes beyond the disease, as it has also stirred economic and social unrest. Whiff of Democracy offers optimism in the midst of the global chaos we

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Discovery-Driven Career

As a future physician-scientist, I see myself working between the clinic and laboratory. In addition to demonstrating empathetic care to patients, I aim to advance the forefront of healthcare innovation through robust, clinically applicable research. Living in a time when new technologies are constantly emerging and the potential for applying these to healthcare is becoming a reality, I am determined to harness these advancements as a physician-scientist to improve healthcare

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A Leader’s Strong Conviction

I grew to admire someone whom I met on mere sheets of paper. As I flew through the pages of Educated, a memoir by Tara Westover, her story, particularly her upbringing and journey in getting her education, captivated me. Tara grew up in the mountains Idaho and was raised in a survivalist family. Her parents distrust, even despise, the federal government, and felt compelled to lead an off-the-grid family. Therefore,

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Prisons: A Channel for Punishment, not Rehabilitation

In a utopian society, incarceration might be a viable option for rehabilitating people who may be accused or convicted of a crime. However, in reality, it does not work. An article published by the American Psychological Association indicates that the repellent condition of prisons reduces the likelihood for prisoners’ rehabilitation. One of the explanations for this is that many of those who are incarcerated develop mental health challenges. A study

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“Christina’s World”

“Christina’s World” by Andrew Wyeth presents two opposing tales: overwhelming obstacles and fiery hope. The woman in the painting, leaning her torso forward and stretching her fingers wide, lies in a grass field and faces the buildings in the backdrop, as if she was trying hard to reach them. However, her relaxed pose may suggest otherwise. Notably, this pose does not serve to negate her apparent desperation. The woman, inspired

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Fighting for Justice: Improving the Disability Discourse

To my dismay, today’s discourse surrounding disability too often lacks all the necessary pieces. When many people think about disability, only its physical form comes to their mind. This schema cannot be less correct. I am not arguing that physical disability is trivial. In fact, it is important and should never be neglected. However, I believe that discussions on disability must include its mental—“invisible”—form. The “Disability Studies” presentation from the

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Democracy Reimagined: How to Fight for a Better Democracy

I imagine a democracy that includes everyone’s voices, without any suppression and interference. Whether it is protesting on the streets for more equitable policies or voting at the ballot box, the people ought to be able to exercise their constitutional right freely. Right now, our democracy does not reflect this; in fact, it is broken. People of color disproportionately fall victim to voter suppression and gerrymandering. Lobbyists and corporate interests

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Passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings: Envisioning an Intact Democracy

The passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings on October 17, 2019, undoubtedly left a hole in our nation. Known to be a true champion of democracy and of every disadvantaged community across the country, Rep. Cummings is sorely missed as a commanding voice that called out all kinds of corruption and injustice, including the current one in the government. In recent months, his steadfast belief in functional democracy made headlines during

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Reflection

Being a Futures Initiative Undergraduate Leadership Fellow has reinforced for me the beauty of diversity and the power of a diverse group of people to empower one another. This past year, I have been inspired by the FI administrators and fellows alike because everyone has consistently brought his or her different perspectives and beliefs. Different stories and experiences. Different strengths and weaknesses. These seemingly discrete parts of our lives indeed

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