This fall we usher in a few heritage months. From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The Mercer Mondays podcast highlighted Diversity, Equity and Inclusion fellow Omar Romero-Cruz and Latin American Student Organization members Jasmine Cruz...
As I am writing, we are on the cusp of the autumnal equinox. On Sept. 22 at 3:21 p.m., the sun will be at the dead center above the equator. Briefly, the hours of daylight and night will be...
A reader asks: I'm anxious about college. How can I ensure my success?
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives started off the semester with a bang. On Aug. 23, we were among 120 student organizations and 39 businesses, nonprofits and departments at Bear Fair in the University Center. We kicked off Welcome...
A reader asks: Do you have any advice that will motivate me to finish college?
Over the summer break, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted two Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) fellows Ibrahiim El-Amiin and Emily Stradling. Ibrahiim was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, and moved to Atlanta to attend Morehouse College...
A reader asks: What are the pros and cons of taking a gap year between high school and college?
A reader asks: When should I let my professors know that I booked a religious pilgrimage?
As June ends, we have many events, holidays and people to celebrate. June is Pride Month and Caribbean American Heritage Month; and this year Juneteenth, observed annually on June 19, was declared a federal holiday. In recognition of Pride Month,...
Let’s play a word association game. When I say “exercise,” what are the first things that pop into your mind? I bet they are visions of running, elliptical training, and getting sweaty and out of breath — you know,...

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