• CERRU Column,  This Week's Paper

    Radical Empathy: An (Un)complicated Act

      “It’s complicated!” So opens the film “Wrestling Jerusalem,” a line shouted in frustration by the sole actor, Aaron Davidman. That’s right, you read correctly, Aaron is the only actor in “Wrestling Jerusalem,” but by no means is he the only character. Before the film is over, his face will reflect many other faces, and his voice will hold many other voices as he strives to shed light on the people he has met in preparation for the film. Davidman has listened to the stories of Israelis and Palestinians, whose views clash and harmonize within him in endless ways. “It’s complicated,” as he attempts to answer the questions of “What…

  • Op-Eds

    OP-ED what would you do?

    You’re on the subway – earbuds in, favorite music playing – and this morning, you’ve been lucky enough to get a seat. Your eyes take in the ads, subway maps, and blank, tired faces of the other passengers. This morning, though, will not be like other mornings. You notice one of the passengers’ faces come to life – for the worst possible reason. Her expression has changed from boredom to fear, and she is looking at a man standing over her. Even through your headphones, you can make out the racial and religious slurs the man is hurling at her. You slip your headphones out, and it becomes clear that…

  • 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…

  • News,  This Week's Paper

    CERRU informs QC students about the immigration experience

    On Monday, October 30th, CERRU held their “Stating the Facts on Immigration & Immigration Writing Workshop,” which were two events put together in an effort to provide clarity on important issues relating to immigration that students might be in the dark about. While some of the issues were centered around what an executive order was, who they affected, and how they affected certain groups of people, there was also information on what DACA was, what it did when it was still in place, and what the subsequent termination of the program meant for millions of people. I never felt as if the information I was given was being shoved down…

  • 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…