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Public Scholarship in the Time of HIV/AIDS

How we can use public scholarship to address how inequalities thrive in our bodies, communities, and institutions?

As we approach National HIV Testing Day on June 27, communities throughout the country will gather to raise awareness of HIV and provide testing services. In Detroit, for example, local organizations such as Gospel Against AIDS, the Michigan Health Department, and Walgreens pharmacy will collaborate to coordinate activities and service provision, particularly for underserved communities disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS (see posters below). This collective effort to join forces to fight against the epidemic invites us to consider the roles of scholars and higher education in leveraging knowledge to improve the health and well being of communities.


The views expressed in this post are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect those of Rackham Graduate School or the University of Michigan.

“Studenting” While Black and Immigrant

“America will make you and break you my child. Be vigilant, and walk good,” exclaimed my mother during a phone conversation. Immediately, she reminded me how the fault lines of race, gender, ethnicity, and citizenship status have shaped the Jamaican immigrant routes that formed our entrance into American society. We spoke about the series of racialized violence happening on college campuses. Her words clung like honey to the thick of my black skin, reminding me of the ever-present tensions of being a student while being both black and immigrant, and the challenges and possibilities that often evolve.


The views expressed in this post are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect those of Rackham Graduate School or the University of Michigan.

Graduate Student Mental Health Matters

Is academia a contributing factor to mental and emotional health problems? How are universities and their institutional cultures contributing to these issues? Is there space to have these discussions? Who will listen?


The views expressed in this post are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect those of Rackham Graduate School or the University of Michigan.

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