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Pursuing Human Rights

Pursuing Human Rights

Open letter originally published in the Global Ducks Newsletter distributed by the UO Alumni Association.

Many people seem to have the idea that youth are only capable of playing a secondary role when it comes to human rights.However, my experience during spring break as one of seven Oxford Consortium Human Rights Fellows from the UO has convinced me otherwise. It showed me that we can have an active voice in denouncing human rights violations, changed my understanding of what it means to be human, and offered many opportunities to help others.

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American Qur'an: Cultural Understanding Through Art

American Qur'an: Cultural Understanding Through Art

Short version originally published in Ethos Magazine, a nationally recognized and award-winning student publication at the University of Oregon.

Since 9/11, hate crimes against Muslims in the United States have reached alarming numbers. In the past five to six years, Islamophobia soared to its highest levels since the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City in 2001. From then on, multiple mosques across the country have been attacked, Muslim women wearing the hijab have suffered abuse, and the central text of Islam—the Qur’an—an Arabic word meaning “the recitation”—has been defaced and ridiculed by many.

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Fall Brings Change

Fall Brings Change

Work originally written for the Brazilian Student Association (BRASA) blog.

Este foi, sem dúvidas, um dos trimestres mais difíceis—até mais difícil de quando eu tentei me arriscar a estudar árabe ano passado. Entretanto, tudo acabou que passando rápido quando olho pra trás agora. Há um bom tempo venho alimentando a ideia de estudar um outro idioma e acabei escolhendo Francês este ano como parte do requerimento para o Bacharelado em Artes. No EUA, há geralmente dois títulos principais na graduação: Bachelor of Arts (BA) e Bachelor of Science (BS).

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Hora de férias de verão?

Hora de férias de verão?

Work originally published for the Brazilian Student Association (BRASA) blog.

“Have a great summer!” —Esta foi a frase que eu sempre esperaria um dia poder ouvir durante a minha experiência estudando nos Estados Unidos. Como um fã de longa data de Harry Potter, sempre me perguntava o que o verão ou inverno realmente significaria para quem mora no hemisfério norte, mesmo que você fosse obrigado a ficar debaixo das escadas na casa dos tios Dursleys na casa da Rua dos Alfeneiros.

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