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Never Normalize Tragedy

Last week, a gunman opened fire at students and faculty at Umpqua Community College, killing ten people, injuring 20 more, and leading to the gunman’s death. His name is not necessary to know; it’s joining a long list of hundreds of mass shooting that have take place in the last several …

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International Day of the Girl

Today, girls all over the world face adverse circumstances and discrimination simply based on their gender.  In 2011, a United Nations resolution established October 11 as International Day of the Girl. This day is not only an opportunity to reflect on the challenges that girls face all over the world, …

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Apathy < Empowerment

By Danielle Orellana. It is important to come to grips with the fact that what is preventing youth from creating positive changes in their world is more than them being lazy or even entitled. What prevents us is an enemy that works against us whether we do something in our …

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Why Are Global Issues Important? Reflections from youth in our community

Why are global issues so important? Here’s what a few of us came up with during a call tonight: It is important to build relationships with students from all the world to have meaningful conversations. It is important to build awareness about different cultures and helps to decrease the amount …

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Social Change? Now’s a Great Time to Start

by Danielle Orellana. “Endurance and perseverance will be rewarded,” stated a fortune cookie I received around 17 years old at my local Chinese restaurant. “Could it really be destined just to me?” I thought at the time. Well certainly, but not just to me but also to all of you. …

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What is a Terrorist, Anyway?

Libyan rebels rejoice after a military victory over government forces (Source: Magharebia) Considering the disproportionate amount of Jihadist terrorism that is often depicted by the media, it is understandable to believe that Islam itself is the cause of terrorism. However, I choose to stay away from this train of thought. The Merriam-Webster …

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