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Youth Dialogues Participants on Higher Education

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Participating students from 2017 Summer Youth Dialogues on Race & Ethnicity in Metropolitan Detroit share their thoughts on their individual goals and purposes in seeking higher education.

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Youth Dialogues Participants on Higher Education

  1. 1. My personal purpose for going to college is to further my education so that I can get a career in the heath care field. I care about the availability of quality heath care for everyone whether it be in poorer areas of the United States, or in third world nations that do not have access to the types of resources that we do in this country. I will impact this issue by potentially pursuing public health so that I can be part of the policy making that impacts the level of heath care resources available throughout the world. -Karenna Roest
  2. 2. My personal purpose of going to college is to test my skills and push myself to see just how much I can do. My public purpose for going to college is to receive a higher education and to be able to support myself in the future. I care about the racial segregation that goes on within metropolitan Detroit and I will impact that segregation by starting small and changing my peers' and community's attitude towards racial injustice. -Alice Wou
  3. 3. My individual, personal purpose for going to college is to provide for my future family. My public, civic purpose for going to college is to become more educated and have a place to discuss social justice as a whole. I care about those who don't have privileges that I do because I'm white. I will impact this groups by providing them a platform to speak and being an ally. -Gwendolyn Klenke
  4. 4. 1. My personal purpose for going to college is to become a Dentist. 2. My public purpose for going to college is to help my community with their dental issues. 3. I care about my friends, family, and community. 4. I will impact my family by helping them retire and keeping their happiness stable. -Ahmad Chammout
  5. 5. My individual, personal purpose for going to college is for extended education and success. My public, civic purpose for going to college is the 4 C's: Community, creation, camaraderie, clarity. I care about positivity and community. I will impact community with communication. -Gloria Park
  6. 6. My individual and personal reason for going to college is so that I can help to educate others. My public reason for going to college is to get my degree so I can get a better job. I care about helping others around me and making them feel better about themselves. I will impact my community by educating them on social justice issues and trying to make the world a better place for everyone no matter their social identity. #SYD2017 -Zoe Lightbody
  7. 7. My individual, personal purpose for going to college is to get ready for a job that I will enjoy. My public, civic purpose for going to college is to make people recognize me as a person that is successful. I care about my future the most. I will impact the people around me by giving them a hand when in need of help. -Ryan Yang
  8. 8. 1. My individual, personal purposes for going to college is to meet more people of contrasting ethnicities and eventually graduate to earn a decent income. 2. My public, civic purpose for going to college is to help unite communities for and enlighten others on their roles and capabilities in society. 3. I care about being able to support my family along with myself. 4. I will impact my community by being a model of the education system. -Kareem El-Khatib
  9. 9. My individual, personal purpose for going to college is to expand my knowledge and spark a journey of deeper thinking upon societal issues. My public, civic purpose for going to college is use my new knowledge and initiate change within my community. I care about bringing justice to various social oppression because it affects not only me, but people globally and by helping to bring justice, I will be giving and hand to these people. I will impact the people in my life and around me by showing them that a single person can make a difference. -Daniel Chung
  10. 10. My individual/personal and public/civic purpose for going to college is to expand my knowledge and skills to fight prejudice. I care about dismantling privilege, to ensure everyone has equitable opportunities to succeed. I will impact white privilege by consciously learning about my actions that perpetuate white privilege. -Harry Susalla
  11. 11. My individual, personal purpose for going to college is to obtain life long knowledge and become the best individual I can be in whatever career path I go into. My civic purpose is to pursue activities within social justice to showcase my determination to be apart of the change I want to see. I care about changing the world, even if it is something small and simple, it still makes a difference; we will be once step closer to a better world for all people. -Tahani Almujahid
  12. 12. My individual, personal purpose for going to college is to elevate my education in order to gain insight, experience, and lessons required in order to pursue my desired career choice and to move further in life in general. This would also lead to me eventually being able to get a job, and it is at this point in my life that I hope to be able to support my family after all they've done to get me where I am, and also be able to begin making positive change in my community, and other communities as well. -Yasmine Slimani
  13. 13. 1. My individual purpsose for going to college is to pursue a lifetime career and ensure that I'll be better off in the future. 2. My civic purpose for going to college is to benefit the bettering of society as a whole, by educating myself and others around me. 3. I care about everyone I meet, and their goals and interests. Everyone deserves equal representation in our society. 4. I will impact my society by using my creativity and bold views to influence the people around me. -Cade Mirabitur
  14. 14. 1. My individual purpose is to show myself that I can do great things in life. I want to make my family proud. My family deserves the best and I want to give them a better life. 2. My purpose for going to college is to become a role model. I want students that are entering high school to see that aiming high isn't a bad idea. I wanna show them that anything is possible no matter if you don't have the most expensive materials. 3. I care about being a role model. I care for the kids that don't have opportunities. 4. I will impact by helping others that are less unfortunate. I want to inspire and pass on the baton of change. I will impact by motivating others. -Bernie Velasquez
  15. 15. 1. I want to go to college to fulfill my dream of going into something creative. 2. I want to also go to college to help out other people. 3. I care about social justice, racial injustice, and about making a change in my community. 4. I will make an impact by helping out other people with their action plans because I can not think of one my own. -Malcolm Massey
  16. 16. 1) My personal purpose for going to college is to better myself and to better equip myself to make a positive impact in my community and out world. 2) My civic purpose for going to college is to become a more productive member of society. 3) I care about the trajectory of society and challenging the inequities currently in place. We live in a country and a world where our differences determine our lives and the resulting divisions serve nothing but hurting our communities and our neighbors. I care about changing that reality. -Maren Roeske
  17. 17. I'd like to stress a certain "3 E's": education, economy, and empathy. In order to establish a progressive society, these "3 E's" must be implemented by our generation. A strong higher education can and will maximize our potential as well as our consequent impact on society. Personally, I'm working towards an education in medicine, since it is one of the few fields today that promotes growth in all of the "3 E's". -Jein Eleanor Seo
  18. 18. Tyler Smith
  19. 19. My public, civic purpose for going to college is to educate myself and move forward in making a difference in the aspects of society that need to change. My personal, individual purpose for going to college is to better myself and eventually make a living. I care about my community and making it a better place, which I will impact by working towards desegregating the city, integrating immigrants into society, and training our teachers against discriminating against students based on ethnicity, race, and/or gender. -Afnan Tolba
  20. 20. 1. I want to go to college to further my education, educate myself, and to put myself in the position to assist more people in life and support my family. 2. My public purpose for going to college is so I can give back to the community using the knowledge gained by my degree. 3. I care about improving my quality of life. 4. I will impact the people around me by striving to be the best version of myself and to put myself in the right spot to help them and support them. -Hassan Hammoud
  21. 21. My personal purpose for college is to follow the path of furthering my education, not only for myself, but for my family, making them proud and just being successful showing that as a Black Female individual I too can make it and I am smart and intelligent. Also, I will impact society by fighting for what is right. Teaching about my cultural background and good things about my race. Onward, it is not just my skin color that makes me who I am… it is me as a person. Race does not patter to me and stereotypes shouldn’t and isn’t a thing in my eyes. Being able to be sensitive to what others go through with racial profiling, gender issues, lacking coalition (getting together as one), classes in society, and so much more is what matters. #SYD2017 -Mackenzie Martin-Turner
  22. 22. My individual, personal purpose for going to college is to expand my knowledge and see life through a new lens. My public, civil purpose for going to college is to use my newly gained knowledge to share new ideas, listen to new ideas, and help those around me. I care about self expression through art and music, helping those who aren't heard, the civil and social rights of all humans, and making myself and those around me happy. I will impact those who are near and far from me by always trying my very best to improve mine, and their lives. -Marina Ackerman
  23. 23. 1)Considerations I have about my family, neighborhood, community or society is first most accepting who I am as a person and also acceptance of my dream. I want them to believe in me and listen to my voice. I'm concerned about facing them with disappointment. 2)I hope I can achieve my goals of uniting my community and the surrounding communities. I want different people from all races and ethics to come in one table and enjoy others difference. I also want to change the negative views that my people have and make them more open to others because we're all humans in the end. 3)Ways going to college can help me bring back to my community and my family is that it will teach me to have a round eye to the others in the world. The higher the education the better because I can teach my people what I learn. -Fadel Muthana
  24. 24. I want to go to college so I can gain more knowledge on the world we live in and experience things outside of my comfort zone. I feel that in order to make change in my community I will need to be more credible and knowledgable, which is another reason I feel that college is needed. I will impact my community by constantly being involved in social justice and providing resources and a platform for those who need it. -Juliet Kosmyna-Blake
  25. 25. My individual, personal purpose for going to college is to have a good future and make my parents proud. My public, civic purpose for going to college is to show everyone that everything is possible. I care about making everyone proud that helped me through the journey that is yet to end. I will impact younger siblings, friends, and others by trying to be the best role model for them to know that with support you can accomplish anything. #SYD2017 -Mario Llanas
  26. 26. My individual purpose for going to college is to get the education required to get a good job and live a comfortable life. My public, civic purpose for going to college is to meet new people and learn their stories. I care about all people and I want everyone to live a happy life. I will impact my peers through my action project by letting them experience the same simulations as I got to experience at syd. -Blake King
  27. 27. 1) My individual, personal purpose for going to college is furthering my education and having an opportunity to pursue my passions in ecology, physics, or whatever my interests may develop to be. 2) My public, civic purpose for going to college is environmental justice. 3) I care about the environment and the socioeconomic inequities that result from environmental degradation. I want to play a part in creating a sustainable future for humanity. 4) I will impact the course of climate change and environmental racism by pursuing a career in scientific research and seeking solutions to environmental problems. -Zijin Huang
  28. 28. Hannah Ho
  29. 29. My personal purpose for going to college is to broaden my language and meet new and a diverse group of people. -Troy Herd
  30. 30. My individual, personal purpose for going to college is to provide opportunity in my life. My public, civic purpose for going to college is to gain access to the next level of education and enlightenment. I care about my family, religious beliefs, as well as the idea of coexistence. I will impact the people in my family by sharing my enlightened experience at SYD. I hope to reinforce the idea of acceptance in my community and what it means to truly stand for the concept of social justice. -Nesreen Shukr
  31. 31. 1) My individual and personal purpose for going to college is wanting to get a good education and make my present and future family, my religious and racial community, as well as myself proud. 2) My public and civic purpose for going to college is to set a good example of how an Arab who is Druze and not Muslim is and break the racial and religious disrespect and intolerance there is in my community and hopefully educate people and have them follow in my footsteps 3) I care about people treating others how they would like to be treated and respecting their racial and religious identities and realizing that the color of skin, shape of eyes, or beliefs of others does not make them any less of a person than everyone else, just different. 4) I will impact racial and religious injustice by educating as many people as I can and getting educated myself on social justice issues as well as in a way to become a highly respected doctor and do great important things and be someone people like to listen to so I can set an example of how to treat others and have people hopefully follow my lead. -Hamsa Ezzi
  32. 32. My individual, personal purpose for going to college is to create change. By attending college, I can discover how I wanna leave my mark on the world. I can become involved in something I'm truly passionate about and find where I'm supposed to belong. -Alex Schafer
  33. 33. My individual, personal purpose for going to college is so that I can better myself and make my parents proud. My public, civic purpose for going to college is so I can prove that anything is possible as long as you put your mind to it. I care about social justice and changing the world for the better. I will impact by being a role model and implementing everything SYD has taught me to my everyday life. #SYD2017 -Alexandra Castro

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