Suffering is Not a Prerequisite for Advocacy

Suffering is Not a Prerequisite for Advocacy

Oftentimes after I tell my story, I find people will tokenize me as a sort of an inspirational story, like those sob stories we see on those talent competition shows. Many have asked me “how were you able to keep going?” or said something along the lines of “You’re so...
The Art of Advocacy

The Art of Advocacy

In the fourth grade, I buoyantly submitted a landscape drawing of a great mountain range to an annual scholastic art competition. The theme: “Beauty is…” I was sure that my jagged mountain peaks and misshaped birds were of the same artistic quality as the professional...
Turning My Pain Into Power

Turning My Pain Into Power

Last fall, I switched my major from mechatronics engineering to anthropology and political science because I wanted to pursue a passion for equitable rights and transformative justice. I believe community grassroots systems are the key to changing the injustices we...
Never Stop Trying

Never Stop Trying

I felt joy and excitement upon hearing my acceptance to be a Karel Fellow. I did my best to contain myself until the phone call was over to permeate my room with joy. After months of preparation with my school, I felt ecstatic to start a new chapter in my journey....
All Aboard – Next Stop: Road to Advocacy

All Aboard – Next Stop: Road to Advocacy

If there is one thing that I have learned at all, it’s that advocacy takes shape in many different forms. With my previous experience working with a woman’s organization in person during the height of the pandemic, I’ve only ever known visible...
Seeking Discomfort

Seeking Discomfort

This summer, I’m working in the campaigns department for the Human Rights Watch. Participating in this program isn’t always easy, but nothing that pushes you out of your comfort zone should be easy. Being a Karel Fellow and campaigns intern for the Human Rights Watch...