- Vernon Hills, IL
Airplanes, buses, schools. They have all become locations where Muslims have been victimized and demeaned. Whether it is due to the calling of derogatory names, pulling of hijabs, or the mere feeling of unwelcomeness due to actions like the recent parochial executive order, these places have become ones of vulnerability and anxiety for many of the 3.3 million Muslims living in America today … There is no simple solution to such an alarming issue. Shamefully, minorities in America have been vehemently targeted for hundreds of years. And for that, I believe that education is the fuel for change. Education becomes most crucial the moment we apply it to our lives, and that is exactly what I plan to do with the education I receive at Loyola … I will partake in the events hosted by Loyola’s Office of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs that bring awareness to intolerable bigotry. Additionally, I will use my leadership characteristics to participate in the powerful marches that stand against xenophobic rhetoric. Although one more individual at marches may not change the world, it is the act of solidarity and leadership that makes one more individual mind an addition worth having. It is with those active minds and open hearts that the world will continue to evolve and find the light within the dark, and the beauty within all faiths and colors.