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Watch: Don’t Kill Your Language

In honor of International Women’s Day tomorrow, we thought we’d share a few of our favorite TED Talks by women. In this gem that’s particularly relevant for immigrants and/or the various diasporas living in the United States, Suzanne Talhouk explains why it’s vital that we love and preserve our mother tongue.

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Here’s Why Ignoring Unpaid Work Means Bad Policies

In this eye-opening seminar, economist Marilyn Waring throws shade at how gross domestic product (GDP) measures productivity. She makes a compelling argument as to why it’s unacceptable that unpaid home management is seen as unproductive work in the eyes of the Western-educated men who penned the concept of GDP in 1953. Watch to find out…

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Watch: The Dangers of Whitewashing Black History

In this eye-opening seminar, a professor of African American and Cultural Studies, David Ikard, speaks out about the dangers of whitewashing Black history. In his talk, he lays out a series of compelling reasons why the whitewashing of Black history isn’t just irksome, it can be downright dismissive. “If in order for you to be…

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Here Are the Millennials We Are Overlooking

We’ve all heard the stereotypes. Millennials are lazy. They’re killing industries that have quite literally survived wars. And of course, there’s my personal favorite: they can’t afford to invest in property because they’re buying too much avocado toast. Okay, then? In this enlightening TED Talk, journalist Reniqua Allen speaks out against the inane suggestion that…

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This Is How to Use Imposter Syndrome to Your Benefit

Whether you can label the feeling or not, chances are, you’ve fallen victim to imposter syndrome before. After all, if the incomparable Maya Angelou has admitted to feeling the weight of imposter syndrome, there’s no doubt that this odd little neurosis has clouded the minds of many others. Also known as imposter phenomenon, this affliction…

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Here’s How to Be a “Good Immigrant”

Last year was an absolute doozy in terms of the rhetoric surrounding the humble immigrant. From the overwhelming sea of right-wing populist leaders winning elections around the globe (Oh, Britain and Brazil. What have you done?) to the increasingly brazen anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rhetoric seeping into law in the United States, things aren’t looking so good,…

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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

I was what you might call a “Type A,” give-it-your-all-even-if-it-kills-you kind of student. I was the one on the front bench, hand raised, enthusiastically begging “Pick me! Pick me!” And I liked it that way. What I never felt about myself was that I was particularly smart. I didn’t feel like academic concepts came as…

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Here’s Why Empowering Young Girls Is Vital

“When you empower a girl, you transform a community.” – Kakenya Ntaiya In this inspirational TED Talk, educator and activist Kakenya Ntaiya speaks out about how she worked towards empowering women in rural Kenya, and why this should be a goal for every community around the globe. At the crossroads of education, empowerment, and FGM, Ntaiya…

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Where Does Adnan Syed’s Case Stand?

Regardless of whether or not you believe that Adnan Syed, from Sarah Koenig’s podcast “Serial,” is guilty or not, it is important to note that there was a classmate who saw him at the time of the murder he was accused of. This classmate was never called in to testify during the initial murder case. If…

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Here’s Why Courage Trumps Perfection Every Single Time

It’s a rare thing to feel absolutely and totally fearless, confident in walking into the unknown. As human beings, we naturally gravitate towards comfort and the path which is readily established. After all, it’s easier to know that the result of that decision will be pretty close to perfection. Yay for perfection! But have you…

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Is Your Identity Actually an Obstacle to Overcome?

In an age of unprecedented global migration, it is inevitable that our cultural identities will continue to get more and more complex. From the dilemma of defining your identity as a “Third Culture Kid,” a scenario where children spend their formative years outside of their parents’ native homeland, to dealing with the complexity of pegging…

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Do You Know These 4 Ways to Combat Islamophobia?

Proving themselves relentless in their dedication to tackling the shadow of Islamophobia, as well as bridging gaps between diverse communities to foster unity and understanding, the Institute of Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) has come out with a video detailing four data-driven ways to fight Islamophobia. Using their quintessential method of conducting rigorous research to…

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What’s the Secret to Mental Strength?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un5LxgL4Yl8 It’s an age-old story. Life’s not too shabby, and things seem to be going alright. Whether it’s the comfort of your five-year plan, or just knowing that you’re living the life you’ve chosen for yourself, you don’t feel any cause for complaint. You know it might not be the best use of your time,…