2021 $5,000 Scholarship Essay Competition Winner

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Whatever else that day at the convenience store might have been, it certainly wasn’t my first experience with racism. I was a black 12 year old and already well acquainted with the often cruel nature of man, and how this nature could be made crueler still when the matter of skin colour was involved. However, that day was the first time I understood how much racism could truly hurt, as well as the parade of emotions that hurt unfortunately heralded.

In our household, it’s common knowledge that Friday is Lollipop Day. Has been since…


2021 $5,000 Scholarship Essay Competition

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Racism has always been one of those things that came up in conversations with family, but I didn’t experience it for myself until I went to college. Of course, the 11 o’clock news featured stories of black men losing their lives at the hands of police brutality but as a child, I never really paid attention to it. I knew that my mom was going to be there to protect me, as she always has. When she went toe to toe with a white woman in the grocery store because of a microaggression, or just…


2021 $5,000 Scholarship Essay Competition

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As a Caucasian woman, I have had the privilege of navigating through my life without encountering any obstacles that were put in place to limit me on the basis of my race. Despite this, race has still been a salient variable in my life for years and it intersects with my curriculum on a daily basis. As an emerging second-year graduate student in clinical psychology at Roosevelt University, I have had to confront my preconceptions, biases, and the role of my upbringing in the way I think about race and ethnicity. One specific experience that…


2021 Scholarship Essay Competition

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By Mia Redic, 2021 Scholarship Essay Competition Honorable Mention

I am tall above average for most females, a solid 5’9, I wear my hair usually in box braids in a high-top bun. My style isn’t ostentatious but I do have a sense of fashion let’s not get that wrong. I don’t turn many heads, if I do it’s because of my height. Through my eyes, I see an average twenty-year college student with aspirations to change the world, to be able to see a brighter tomorrow. But, in the eyes of society, I am black first and then considered a human being. …


2021 $5000 Scholarship Essay Competition

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By Ebony Berry, 2021 Scholarship Essay Competition Honorable Mention

I was only about five years old. An age in life where the imagination runs free, and we are taught that we can be anything in life and perhaps we can. Or maybe it is just a cliché line that we were all told while leaving out the bitter truth. Because the truth is I braid my afro into cornrows and wear a straight-haired wig for interviews because I am afraid it will affect my chances. The truth is I can do twice as much work as my white counterparts and still not receive the…


How racism impacts our minds and our bodies

By Emmanuel Sebakungu

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Racial discrimination is the unequal treatment of a people or group based on their race or ethnicity. Racial discrimination has a physiological effect that can affect heartbeat, anxiety, or heartburn that can lead to a long-term negative health outcome. Repeated experiences of discrimination may cause the body to be more physically sensitive in stressful, and routine discrimination can be a chronic stressor that can increase vulnerability to physical and psychological illness.

Racial discrimination is a fairly common experience, with 50–75% of Americans of Color reporting experiencing daily discrimination. Exposure…


How emotional intelligence is like pumping the brakes on our emotions

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Published on behalf of Robert Turner

Hello! My name is Robert Turner. I am an African American man, 23 years of age, and I a currently serving a 25-year sentence for a string of robberies I was involved in back in the winter of 2018. Mine is quite a testimony, and perhaps I will be able to expound on it further in a future address. But, for now, I’d like to discuss a topic that I personally believe to be one of the most relevant and fundamentally critical concepts…


At EQuity, our existence as a social venture means we are constantly thinking about how we can continue our work of advancing racial justice by developing emotional intelligence in a way that is socially beneficial. Although we achieve financial sustainability through sharing our expertise with clients, it’s equally important we provide our insights and knowledge in an equitable and accessible format.

To that point, we are excited to announce the debut of Race + Emotions. Race + Emotions is a digital publication hosted on Medium that we hope will serve as a repository of essays written at the intersection of…


$5,000 on the line for emotional intelligence and racial justice

As a graduate student, I’ve walked out of classes, emailed deans, penned an op-ed, dropped an f-bomb in class, and written more than my fair share of professional “drag emails” all in the name of racial justice. Being a student who cares about racial justice and navigating higher education has been an emotionally tenuous journey. The instructor of one of the courses I walked out on presciently said, “If you want to continue doing this work, you’re going to have to figure out how to emotionally regulate, otherwise you’ll wear…


I am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who is pursuing a dual degree in business and social work, so the +Impact Studio was at the intersection of both my professional and personal goals.

When I completed the +Impact Studio course at the Ross School of Business, I left with a sound understanding of design thinking and experience doing interdisciplinary, action-based learning, all the while having social impact as our North Star. After taking the course, I knew I wanted to stay connected with Michigan Ross Professor Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks and the burgeoning +Impact Studio being cultivated at Ross.

Justin Woods

Founder of EQuity Social Venture — www.equitysv.com | MSW/MBA candidate | emotional intelligence + racial justice

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