Articles by Emilia Rivera


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Beyond Hair: Nappily Ever After and Opening Up Dialogue About Identity

CORRECTION: The following sentence has been changed due to inaccuracy: “Thomas, an NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Literary Work, is the author of the novel Nappily Ever After, which was turned into a Netflix original movie in 2018.” Thomas was a finalist for the award, not a winner.   On Tuesday Nov. 5th Campus Diversity and Inclusion…

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All of Us are Very Strong: Stories from those Affected by the Travel Ban

On Friday Jan. 27, Donald Trump signed Executive Order 13769 banning refugees and immigrants from entering the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia). During his campaign, Trump talked of a “Muslim registry” and “extreme vetting” of immigrants; this order was seen as him fulfilling that promise….

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Professor Slaughter Writes Open Letter Regarding Trump Administration

Following the election of Donald Trump, Alisa Slaughter, Associate Professor in the Creative Writing department, authored a public letter to University President, Ralph Kuncl, about the new administration’s effect on campus culture. The letter, inspired by a Facebook post from historian, Timothy Synder, who encouraged people to hold our institutions accountable, was a response to…

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