Spring 2018 Intern Blog Series: Autism Awareness

April is world autism month. Autism and autism spectrum disorders are general terms describing a group of complex disorders relating to brain development. The degree of these brain disorders vary and allow autism to affect people in many different ways. The varying of the spectrum and the mystery of what autism actually is has lead to a not so accepting world. Society has traditionally seen people with autism and intellectual disabilities as less than but that is so far from ...

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Spring 2018 Intern Blog Series: Mandatory Minimum Sentencing in the American Correctional System

Currently there are 2.3 million incarcerated individuals within the American correctional system; this number includes local jails, state prisons, federal prisons, as well as military and Native American reservation holding facilities. How did so many citizens enter the corrections system and for what end? The answer can be found in the mission statements of American correctional systems. The Bureau of Justices’ (which is at the federal level) mission statement includes goals of keeping the public safe, equality, and successful reentry. ...

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Spring 2018 Intern Blog Series: March is Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month and has been since 1987. This month has given way for women to be celebrated and recognized for their many accomplishments. Each year, a new theme is chosen and women who dedicate their lives to something that showcases said theme are chosen as National Honorees. The theme for 2018 is – Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. This theme was chosen after the phrase “Nevertheless She Persisted” was ...

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Spring 2018 Intern Blog Series: A Brief History of Black History Month

Being the second month of the year, February can be a month of settling into the year’s structure after the forever rush of the holiday season; still it provides glimmers of celebrations with days like Mardi Gras, Chinese New Year, and the (begrudgingly) beloved Valentine’s Day. February also dedicates 28 days to celebrate the lives and influences of black people in the United States, as it is Black History Month. In addition to exploring the rich and diverse history of ...

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Spring 2018 Intern Blog Series: Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

As the first month of the year says its goodbyes its importance and awareness does not have to. January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month which is a subject that needs to be at the forefront of our minds until it is eradicated. Trafficking is defined, by United Nations Protocol as: the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons using threat, force, or coercion for the purpose of exploitation. This happens to men, women, and ...
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Spring 2018 Intern Blog Series: History is Made

This weekend marked the second anniversary of the now, annual tradition known as the Women’s March. The mission of the Women’s March is essentially to get people, not only women, of all shapes, sizes, colors, and beyond together to educate each other and those in their surroundings about vital issues that they endure. Bringing communities together in order to understand diverse issues, and diverse people is something GOL also deems necessary. By having groups of diverse people join together, the ...

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Vignettes of (un)humanity Review

Vignettes of (un)humanity started as an event to spread awareness on human oppression with its multiple facets. It soon became encompassing with all its guests’ experiences, emotions and narratives building bridges to new ways of addressing oppression throughout their communities.

The success of the event revered through the live cello music performed by Ashlee Booth, a rising cellist, the delectable Turkish Cuisine provided by Quality Turkish Market and the astonishing bar service by The Pour ...

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Fall 2017 Intern Blog Series: Sustainable Development

Sustainable development is a phrase that you will start to hear more and more frequently. It is a new worldwide challenge that is targeted at improving economic prosperity, social inclusion, environmental sustainability, and good governance. Basically, how can we get the Global South on an equal playing field with the rest of the world without further destroying the Earth’s environment? Political scientists and economists are quickly trying to come up with solutions to this ...

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Fall 2017 Intern Blog Series: Rohingya, What is Happening?

If you just read that title and were like, “What? I’ve never heard of this,” or “Who are the Rohingya?” you aren’t the only one. Despite the United Nations Humans Right Chief calling the actions taken by the Myanmar military against the Rohingya population “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing” many world leaders have remained silent on the subject. I believe it is important that we shed light on this issue along with any ...

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Fall 2017 Intern Blog Series: Light Amidst the Dark

If you have turned on the news, gone on social media, or even had a conversation with someone within the last month, chances are you have probably heard something about Hurricane Harvey. On August 25 one of the most devastating storms in American history touched down in Texas. With upwards of 70 deaths, the devastation is being compared to that of Hurricane Katrina. Amongst all the chaos that seems to be going on in ...

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