"I never took the time to act selfishly and think about what I needed in the moment. I never took the time to just breathe. So, this is a friendly reminder to do just that. Breathe."
Historically, every time something like this happens, the university gives out a generic apology that is reactive instead of proactive. This time, that wasn’t necessarily the case.
As an adult, it is astounding how the celebrities I idolized have allowed me to feel more secure in my sexuality, identity and who I am — and it’s even more remarkable how many more figures young, gay kids have to look up to now.
Michigan State should reorient its investment portfolio from fracking, mining and oil production — but there has to be more than that. The university should set a date for committing to 100% renewable energy and lay out an updated Energy Transition Plan.
"As a concerned senior, I ask you not to forget the period of history in which this university's school colors became teal and white instead of green and white."
"I needed narratives from people I could identify with, but instead, experiences like mine are erased, glossed over, an afterthought."
"By advocating for change and working to support other survivors, my story was no longer about him but about survivors and the community working together to create something more powerful than he ever was."