Every day at Summit is an experience: Finding myself and fostering independence, by Sumayo Hassan

Every day at Summit is an experience: Finding myself and fostering independence, by Sumayo Hassan

Today’s planet faces many tough challenges. High school has helped me understand that while challenges can be daunting, they can be overcome by hard work and innovation. I’d like to study bioremediation, which is learning how to clean up the environment from toxins that degrade our ecosystem and the organisms that live in them.

One of my most memorable experiences at Summit Sierra was seeing — in real-time — the impact bioremediation can have. We conducted an experiment in science class that demonstrated the process of cleaning up radiation from nuclear fallout where we planted mustard seeds. To see this powerful process in-person reinforced my interest and determination to improve our environment and that it’s possible to work toward a sustainable and more livable planet.

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Black History Today: Anita Koyier-Mwamba, brilliant mind and beautiful spirit

Black History Today: Anita Koyier-Mwamba, brilliant mind and beautiful spirit

This post is part of an ongoing Black History Month series written by Marcus Harden, a truly unsung hero of South Seattle, as he honors the living legacy of Black history in his community and beyond, and recognizes the people who are shaping the future.

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Rise Up For Students Podcast #1: MRC Coalition

Check it out! The first-ever episode of Rise Up For Students: The Podcast.

I talked with McKenzi Bravo, Liza Wyckoff-White, Zeena Rivera and Robert Devino about the sit-in at Matteo Ricci College, the placement of Dean Jodi Kelly on administrative leave, and the power of youth in the fight for equality.

MRC Dean placed on leave amid student protests at Seattle U

Seattle University placed Matteo Ricci College Dean Jodi Kelly on administrative leave this week in specific response to the student protest demanding her removal.

The MRC Coalition has been leading a sit-in for more than three weeks because of a discriminatory culture and Eurocentric curriculum. They released the following statement after the university announced Kelly's leave: