Last semester I was abroad in Rabat, Morocco. It was an incredible experience and I had the chance to meet many new people. The program I was studying with had only 40 people in it, and out of these 40, only eight were people of color. At the beginning of the trip it didn’t seem to be a huge deal. I have grown used to being the only minority in large groups. However, over time, it became clear that many of my peers lacked cultural sensitivity.
Student groups can be inclusive and valuable spaces within the University. However, there are also problems that can be associated with them. Student-run clubs create independence for their leaders, but they do not always keep leaders in check.
Students are the ones who are most impacted by the stances taken in the debate over school shootings. Across the U.S., high school seniors are currently submitting their senior pictures to their yearbooks. While many students pose with sports gear or instruments, some students have chosen to pose with their rifles. This non-traditional picture has led to controversy within individual school boards.
While some University of Minnesota students will proudly shout, “West Bank, best bank!,” others have given the outskirts of the area a bad name. Cedar-Riverside is a multicultural community that is home to about 8,000 residents, including a large Somali-American community.