Shifting the Narrative: Rapper artist Jason Mills, known as IDK, is striving to change the narrative surrounding music and education

In a recent interview with Dr. Yulin Hswen, IDK challenged norms in education, in fashion, and in what is considered a flex in pop culture. Could IDK’s subtle, but unique visions have ripples through and generate the shift in mindset we have all been waiting for? As he carefully analyzes and executes his next moves, we interview him for Health Righters to learn more about the … Continue reading Shifting the Narrative: Rapper artist Jason Mills, known as IDK, is striving to change the narrative surrounding music and education

The War Against COVID-19: A Race for Innovation and its Future Impacts

81 years ago, a compact metal cylinder raised its fixed wooden wings and took to the skies.  On the surface it flashed no extraordinary features, its sole purpose to wage war beside the expanding ranks of the mighty German Luftwaffe.  Inside, however, it boasted a heart of diamond, a heart that would rocket human civilization into the future–the first functional aircraft turbojet engine.     Most notably, … Continue reading The War Against COVID-19: A Race for Innovation and its Future Impacts

The Policy Might Be Gone — But the Fear Isn’t: International Students’ Reflections on ICE’s Response to COVID-19

We asked 15 international students about how ICE’s newest policies would have affected them and how the initiation of these policies made them feel. We invite you to read these students’ stories, as well as more about these policies Continue reading The Policy Might Be Gone — But the Fear Isn’t: International Students’ Reflections on ICE’s Response to COVID-19

The Convergence of Two Disasters in East India

Cyclone Amphan touched down in late May as one of the most powerful recorded storms in India’s history, causing devastation in the Indian states of West Bengal and Orissa, as well as parts of Bangladesh. “Thousands of electric poles were broken down, leaving most of Kolkata without power for at least a day. In some areas, I heard that power didn’t come back for weeks. … Continue reading The Convergence of Two Disasters in East India

Voices of Homelessness: The Untold Stories of America

“I am not a homeless person,” Mary said. “Now, that’s where they’ve read me all wrong. They know I’m here. They know I exist, but they just look past me as if I’m not even worth seeing. I know they know how to smile. I see them on the streets smiling at each other, at these strangers, but not at me.”  I may not have … Continue reading Voices of Homelessness: The Untold Stories of America

Casteism and the Making of Modern Tamil Nadu

A quick Google search for “caste” brings up a four-tiered pyramid with Brahmins (priests and teachers), Kshatriyas (warriors and rulers), Vaishyas (farmers, traders, and merchants), and Shudras (laborers). These four upper-caste varnas together are referred to as savarnas. Below these four tiers (avarna), are the Dalits, subject to the harshest forms of oppression. Continue reading Casteism and the Making of Modern Tamil Nadu