Audiation, Respect, and Learning to Listen: A Lesson on Giving a Lesson

Written by Grace Wong //  “Remember, even if the bow is the only thing you accomplish the first lesson, that is your one point for Parker for the week. Give him only one goal. Then praise him when he follows through!” my mentor cheerily instructed. That’s it? Every Suzuki Music lesson starts with a bow … Continue reading Audiation, Respect, and Learning to Listen: A Lesson on Giving a Lesson

“How to Kill a Skunk”: Mentorship and Transformation in the Inner City

Written by Gabe LePage //  Elijah Libbett never knew I was the one who messed with the skunk. I was taking a walk around my neighborhood in the Southeast side of Grand Rapids, resting my mind from studying for exams. As I was walking down the street, a man in front of me pointed at … Continue reading “How to Kill a Skunk”: Mentorship and Transformation in the Inner City

Learning to Hear: Bridge-building in the Middle East

Written by Jeffrey Pond //  The image of a bridge-builder captivates me, and I believe someone who travels well is someone who is a bridge-builder. A bridge-builder sits and listens to others and tries to make a point of connection, but most importantly tries to hear what the other person is actually saying without placing prejudice … Continue reading Learning to Hear: Bridge-building in the Middle East

Standing on Both Legs: Travel and the Development of a Bilingual-Bicultural Identity

Written by Michael Rau //Someone like me finds writing on travel and justice frustratingly difficult. The difficulty lies not in having nothing to say. Rather, travel is so embedded in who I am that anything I write on travel and justice seems to distill down to an autobiography. So, on this topic, I find writing … Continue reading Standing on Both Legs: Travel and the Development of a Bilingual-Bicultural Identity

Working with Others Towards a Just World

Written by Austin Farrow //  Embracing diversity is perhaps the most important quality in a person who hopes to change the world. Without embracing and working with all members of your community, injustice is unavoidable. This is a bold statement, but it is true. Working toward a more just and equitable world necessitates that we … Continue reading Working with Others Towards a Just World