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Yes, kids need more civics education — but they need to be taught civility at least as much

Eve Rifkin, 2017-2018 Fellow. This piece was first published by The Washington Post. “It is not a lucky coincidence that the students at my school demonstrate respect toward — and curiosity about — each other, especially during discussions about controversial …”

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Silent Victims of Sexual Assault in the Military

Randiesia Fletcher-Riggs, 2017-2018 Fellow. This piece first appeared in Garnet News. “Sexual assault is not exclusive to Hollywood and the world of politics. It also is a problem in our military, one that I lived through as a young Marine …”

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Supporting Guatemala’s anti-mafia fight helps the U.S.

Elizabeth Oglesby, 2017-2018 Fellow. This piece first appeared in the Arizona Daily Star. “If Arizonans are concerned about migration across the U.S.-Mexico border, there is something we can do that is more effective and far less costly than building a multibillion-dollar border …”

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My Son’s Murder Made Me Realize We Need to Treat Gun Violence Like a Disease

Joan Gilbert, 2017-2018 Fellow. This piece was first published by Motto from the Editors of Time. “Yesterday, it was four people at in Northern California. Eleven days ago, it was 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Last month, it was three people at a Walmart …”

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The US doesn’t need to spend $2 billion a year detaining immigrants

Melanie Gleason, 2017-2018 Fellow. This piece first appeared in The Hill. “I recently visited my asylum-seeking client in solitary confinement at the Eloy Detention Center in southern Arizona — where she has been detained for more than four years after fleeing Guatemala. The detention …”

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Survivors who disclose need empathy, not judgment

Edna Meza Aguirre, 2014-2015 Fellow and Monica J. Casper. This piece first appeared in the Arizona Daily Star. “#MeToo is the latest example of hashtag activism. Following Weinstein-gate, social media exploded …”

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Say Goodbye to Gender as You Know It

Patricia MacCorquordale, 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece was first published in Garnet News. “A few years ago, another faculty member and I were discussing a young student who we had in common. This student’s adjustment to the university was complicated by exploring gender …”

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Tucson should be wary of the cost of development

Patricia Jackson, 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece first appeared in the Arizona Daily Star. “The Sonoran Desert — over 2,000 species of plants, 500 species of birds and 1,000 species of bees — is the most biodiverse desert on earth. We can be protectors, leaving a small footprint …”

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Shared humanity at the total eclipse of the sun

Martha Gilliland, 2015-2016 Fellow. This piece was first published by the Arizona Daily Star. “Seven of us from Tucson gathered in the rancher’s pasture in Idaho expecting a total eclipse of the sun last week. We experienced that and more as people across the political ..”

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An invitation to kids, parents and educators to occupy our schools — with curiosity, challenge and innovation

Julie Kasper, 2016-2017 Fellow. This piece first appeared in The Hechinger Report. “The new school year is well under way in much of nation and many kids are anxious, frightened, confused and questioning. Why is it that some children are dreaming of their straight-A report cards while for …”

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