Reconsidering Refugee Camps

The ongoing refugee crisis has left more refugees than ever living in host communities and refugee camps for long periods of time. While host communities and refugee camps are supposed to be temporary situations ending in either resettlement or repatriation, nationalistic rhetoric and expanding crises have made refugee camps especially more permanent places. However, for … Continue reading Reconsidering Refugee Camps

Stateless in the States: Addressing US Statelessness

The right to a nationality seems trivial as compared to the many rights outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. However, nationality, belonging to a country, is crucial for an individual’s access to resources and security. For the estimated 2 million stateless persons worldwide, lacking a nationality has left them without a legal home … Continue reading Stateless in the States: Addressing US Statelessness

Residential and Hospitality Services: A Stagnant Spot in MSU’s “Culture of Learning and Collaboration”

MSU is known for its sprawling campus, cold winters, and quagmire of transportation. First year students are not allowed to buy a parking pass, and the public bus system (CATA) only runs effectively on weekdays. Students who choose to bike must often navigate through large crowds, sometimes with freezing brakes, or though icy roads and … Continue reading Residential and Hospitality Services: A Stagnant Spot in MSU’s “Culture of Learning and Collaboration”

The Case for Affirmative Consent Laws

We need to change the way we talk about sexual misconduct, specifically in regard to consent. Though recent activism throughout the entertainment industry and college campuses has sparked outcry for such change, policies regarding affirmative consent, as well as societal engagement about consent, still lacks nationwide. We still see consent as something that is nonchalantly … Continue reading The Case for Affirmative Consent Laws

An Open Letter to the Board of Trustees

To the Michigan State University Board of Trustees: We at the MSU chapter of the Roosevelt Institute, a progressive public policy organization, are increasingly alarmed at the state of management at this university. In the past month, we have seen the Larry Nassar scandal dominate conversations internationally, nationally, and on campus. We have seen the … Continue reading An Open Letter to the Board of Trustees

No Human is Illegal: Why We Should Protect Dreamers

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is a program started by the Obama administration in 2012 that allows illegal immigrants who came to the United States as minors to apply for 2-year renewable deferred action (delayed deportation) and work visas. As of 2017, 800,000 Dreamers (named after the DREAM Act) were enrolled in DACA. The … Continue reading No Human is Illegal: Why We Should Protect Dreamers

Preventing Ethnic Cleansing: Alternative Strategies for Myanmar

In February 2017, the United Nations accused Myanmar security forces of engaging in crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing in the Rakhine province. Myanmar is not a war zone. In fact, Myanmar is a newly established democracy as of 2015, and their de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi is a nobel laureate. The population … Continue reading Preventing Ethnic Cleansing: Alternative Strategies for Myanmar