On Saturday November 19th, the students of Healers of Tomorrow and I spent two hours on the University of Washington's campus to give them an idea of what college life is all about. Although this is the second time I have run the tour with Healers, the excited faces made the experience a different one from last year's. Three of the students were seniors who were in the process of applying to the UW; they had plenty of great questions and were excited to visit their potential future school. We started the tour at the Husky Union Building where it holds the meditation room in which Muslim students on campus utilize for prayer. We then made our way to the Suzzallo library and the famous bit "W" sign where we took pictures and discussed the history of the Campus. We ended the tour at the Ethnic Cultural Center, where majority of the minority students at UW spend their time to study or relax. The Healers and I then discussed the importance of such space that makes us feel the most comfortable on a campus that lacks the representation of students of ethnic backgrounds.
I was inspired by the students themselves and it personally reminded of the importance of diversity and representation on campus and beyond.
- Amina Sheikh, Senior undergraduate at the UW School of Public Health.
We were really honored to host guest speakers from the international organization Kids for Peace http://www.k4p.org/. Our shared goal of building leadership skills for youth made it a great partnership! This weekend's session focused on a key leadership skill of communication. Most of us have issues that we are passionate about and that we desire to take action on. This passion usually starts from somewhere in our personal story, or events in our past that shaped our values and beliefs. We reflected on what some of these issues are - the Healers came up with a really important and diverse list of issues from the need for community inclusiveness to the refugee crisis. Then we thought about why we as individuals care about these issues. Our ability to understand our personal story and share it with others is a critical tool in building relationships, motivating ourselves and others, and generating more discussion and stories. It was great to have the time and guidance to practice this skill, and thank you again to Jordan and Hannah for your time and teamwork!
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