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Student Spotlight: Maryam Aziz

Maryam is a 4th year candidate in American Culture. Her research looks at martial arts during the black power movement in 60s and 70s, how martial arts were used in other social movements and how we can use and learn from this to build social movements. She explains, “I wanted to look at the long history of black vets doing martial arts. It is so interesting to learn how many black movements thought martial arts were crucial and practical because of the self-defense techniques.

Student Spotlight: Sarah Gutin

In her undergraduate years at U-M, Sarah felt a calling towards public health but didn’t know what aspect was the right fit for her, until she took a women’s reproductive health course, that’s when she knew. She hasn’t looked back. Being a good researcher, she put her new passion to the test by interning at a women’s health advocacy group in Washington DC. “I loved every minute of it. I proved to myself this is what I wanted to do.”

Student Spotlight: Rachel Cawkwell

Rachel has a history of engaged learning and deep commitment to volunteerism that she honed during her undergraduate experience at Emory University. In her first year of her Ph.D. program, she took an engaged learning course in the Residential College, the lone graduate student in the class. “I wanted to see how service learning worked here.

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