• 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

    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…

  • News

    Meet CERRU: Building spaces where different voices can co-exist

    The Center for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Understanding (CERRU) is a diversity training and education center that focuses on nonviolent communication techniques and undoing bias. We host frequent events during the year that build spaces to have divisive conversations, build collaboration, and explore identity. Our two year-long fellowships, Undoing Bias & Social Organizing, are already underway for this year but you can look out for applications in the spring for fall 2018. For those interested in getting an introduction to our trainings and tools, we have a Conversations for Engagement Certificate where students participate in 4 workshops and attend two dialogue or action based events as well as submit a…