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Black Lives Matter: CHANTERA WALTON

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Meet Chantera Walton, Calafia Fellow 2020! Chantera wants to highlight the stories of Black lives and authentic stories about Black people so that they remove negative biases, stereotypes and prejudice when you hear the word “Black.” “We are not looking for acceptance from anyone, we just demand justice and equity to create a better future,” she says.

Peace & Prosperity Beyond Compare: CEFERINO “ALVIN” MARTIREZ

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Meet Alvin Engo, Calafia Fellow 2020! Growing up with his strict impoverished family in Southeast Asia, Alvin didn’t really have the freedom to make his own choices. He grew up in a very restrictive, religious and stratified society, with his family coming from military and policing backgrounds, having to endure a decade worth of poverty and class struggle.

Opinion: Students Need Support Online, Too

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The truth is, learning online is simply not the same. Students, for the most part, have been trained to learn in a classroom. We are social learners: we learn best alongside our peers and have more organic conversations in person. While teachers may have employed online tools in their classes before, moving fully online deprives many students of their natural strengths in the classroom: their teachers and peers.

I Was a Calafia Fellow

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I hope that readers understand that teenagers notice what is happening around us. We know the information we need is not given to us because older people decide on what to feed us as information. We have to advocate for our ourselves so our voices can be heard.