• CERRU Column,  Op-Eds

    CERRU OP-ED: Sexplore with Sexploration this Semeste

    QC Sexploration and Information Group, your favorite (and only) QC Peer Sex Education Team, is back for another year of research and events! As always, be sure to check out our Annual Sex Day in February – but in the meantime, there are lots of other opportunities to get involved, participate, ask questions, and learn.   Who are we? We are a participatory action research team started through the Center for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Understanding here at Queens College. That just means that we are a team of Queens College members, mostly current students, figuring out what other students want to see covered on campus through surveys and conversations.…

  • CERRU Column,  This Week's Paper

    Political Leaps of Faith Project: Can you take the leap?

    After last year’s election, it became incredibly clear that many of us are strangers to one another based upon our political leanings. Throughout the election cycle, many of us existed within our “echo chambers,” having little interaction with opinions different from our own. We at the Center for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Understanding (CERRU) realized we needed to begin creating intentional spaces that concentrated on unpacking our political differences the way we had with so many other identities. Sophia Mcgee, Director of CERRU, and myself chose to each attend one of the Queens College Young Republican meetings last spring to begin building relationships with conservative and republican students and start…

  • Op-Eds,  This Week's Paper

    OP-ED: Crucial Conversation Tips with CERRU

    As CERRU gears up for our Susheel Kirpalani Innovation Exchange, Trumps First Year: Impressions on Immigration from Across the Political Spectrum on Wednesday, November 15th at 4:30pm, and the launch of our new program, Political Leaps of Faith, it is imperative that we remember how to engage in thoughtful, ethical, and nonviolent communication techniques. We see part of the vitriolic communication across party and ideological lines stemming from a complete distancing from one another, and therefore inability to relate and engage. Below are CERRU’s tips for having emotional, sometimes high stakes, and divisive conversations. These tips are geared towards conversations with people you know and care about and with whom…

  • Op-Eds,  This Week's Paper

    Innovation Exchange Series on Immigration

    The Center for Ethnic Racial and Religious Understanding (CERRU) is hosting a four-event series for our Innovation Exchange sponsored by Susheel Kirplani.  This year we are focusing on Immigration. The main event, Trump’s First Year: Impressions from Across the Political Landscape is on Wednesday, November 15th from 4:30-9pm. We will be exploring immigration related narratives and legislation from across the political spectrum. The event is broken into multiple pieces including speakers who are lobbying, advocating, and engaging in bipartisan work on the issue of immigration reform, dialogue, and workshopping. The event will also include a “walkabout” where we will display narratives people have chosen to share. Lastly, we will be announcing the kick-off…

  • News,  Op-Eds,  This Week's Paper,  World News

    Learning More Than One Story

    Every topic becomes a hot topic as the issues become more personal, especially when human lives are threatened. When I read the news, all I see is destruction and blood. Hurricanes matched with poor infrastructure destroy homes, while displacing and killing residents. Mass shootings with increasingly unheard numbers of casualties and hundreds of injured persons. Stories of Black and Brown bodies killed without just cause. These tragedies become political in our current climate. They become a battle to be won, ground not to be lost against our political enemies. It feels like the left demonizes the right for placing profit and power above human rights and the right demonizes the…