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Hiding in Plain Sight: A Street Kid’s Journey from Female to Male

Monday, March 14, 2016

Hiding in Plain Sight: A Street Kid’s Journey from Female to Male, by PhD candidate Zane Thimmesch-Gill (Human Factors and Ergonomics in the College of Design), was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in the Transgender Nonfiction category. In this interview, he describes design’s potential to address trans inequality. Read the post on the College of Design website.


Welcoming ALL Gifts

Monday, March 14, 2016

by Scott Marshall, associate director, Disability Resource Center 

Some of our campuses have policies that say our digital resources must be accessible to people with disabilities. Widespread lack of enforcement of these policies is not only unwelcoming, it might be insulting. At a minimum, it’s oppressive.


Islamophobia or Disposable Muslim Body Syndrome?

Thursday, March 10, 2016

By Nasreen Mohamed

The morning after 9/11, I was driving with a colleague to campus, and on the 10th Avenue Bridge a man stood holding a sign that read “Nuke ‘em.” This was in reaction to the airplanes crashing into the World Trade Center Twin Towers. That moment is seared like a scar in my memory, and is re-awakened in my body as a queer Muslim immigrant every time there is an attack or act of violence perpetrated by a “Muslim.” Fifteen years ago, the reaction to these attacks created a collective fervor that defied logic and unleashed indiscriminate violence against Muslims, both within the country and abroad. The thousands of innocent families killed in Afghanistan and Iraq as a result, and the hundreds wrongly imprisoned and deported, have been forgotten. The numbers of dead and the loss of human potential from these acts of violence is devastating and indelible.


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