Student Life typically does not permit submissions to be run anonymously, but due to the author’s personal connection to the events described, we have made an exception for this article.
In 1945, with the rise to power of General Juan Domingo Peron, the Argentinean “economic miracle” ended.
My own story is but one example of how the grad student model can fail to work: I have a seven-month-old child, whom I delivered during my third year in my program.
While I have seen much support during the aftermath of this particular incident by those in the black community, rarely do I see nearly as many Asian (especially East Asian) students come to support the black community when other students, administrators, Washington University Police Department officers and community members work to make them feel unsafe or unwanted.
No one should ever feel afraid and threatened to the extent that they have to run away from their Uber and hide in an empty Ikea, wondering if help will arrive.
The Olympics rings sculpture will serve as a permanent, tangible reminder of St. Louis’ and Washington University’s deeply racist past and present.
This lack of a basic student accommodation actively harms left-handed students every single day they don’t skip class.
Our record of organizing to stop these unjust demolitions shows that when we exercise our power and express our solidarity in unison, our voices can bring about change. Now more than ever, we must keep organizing and redouble our efforts.
While I understand that Wash. U. has no jurisdiction in these areas and that local police departments are responsible for them, I believe that WUPD still fell short in its responsibility to ensure the safety of students who live off campus.
Coming to a university like Washington University means meeting people of all kinds of different identities, experiences and lives. Coupled with this is the need to mature. But what buttresses all of this is the fear of exclusion.