This election has been a difficult one for mostly everyone in this country. Minorities feel as though they are being wrongfully singled out, and those who voted for Trump immediately get bashed and called a racist. On November 15, I read an article in the New York Times that talks about how if Trump is able to go through with his plan, he will be able to remove 2 to 3 million immigrants, both legal and illegal. This means raids would occur very frequently and innocent people could potentially be targeted. The article can be read here.
Conversely, on November 13, two days before this post was published the New York Times also posted an article explaining how Donald Trump would soften up on immigration so it is really hard to understand where he stands personally on this matter. At one point he wanted to deport all 11 million immigrants according to the article so only deporting 2 to 3 million could be this idea that he is softening up his role on immigration.
Wayne State University’s students are home to a lot of exchange students, and faculty and staff that have traveled from overseas. Wayne has continuously made efforts, even in the midst of the election, to provide a safe and inclusive environment for the students to learn and connect with like-minded peers. This shift in diversity has helped lead to the birth of the Office of Student Multicultural Exchange. OMSE is a department that was created to provide a space for all students to come and immediately feel a sense of community and connection.
This department does more than just provide study spaces, in my time speaking with Tom Molina-Duarte, an Academic Advisor for OMSE, I learned a great deal about what the department does. The full interview can be found below but for the most part Molina-Duarte told me that his department does the very best they can at providing an inclusive space, this especially became imperative with the election season raining down on everyone. From November 9 to November 16 Molina-Duarte stated that they had an average number of 16 students that visited the office. This means that for 8 days during regular office hours there were at least 16 students who visited the office, overall a possible combination of over 100 students who came to the office of OMSE during that period in November. OMSE
I had the pleasure of speaking with two other students, Monserrat Morales and Sara Kilany. Morales comes from a Mexican background, born here in the U.S. but both parents and various family members are legal citizens. Kilany is an exchange student from Egypt who is here on a visa. Both parties voiced similar concerns, with Morales’ concerns leaning more toward the state of her family and what could happen to them and Kilany’s concerns come from the dissatisfaction of coming to a free world only to be singled out and targeted because of where she’s from and what her beliefs are.
Here are the interviews with Morales and Kilany respectively.