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Jensine Raihan

Jensine Raihan is passionate about fighting for justice, equality, and liberation for all oppressed communities regardless of race, class, ethnic background, immigrant status, gender identity, sexual orientation, etc. She has been involved in multiple community-based organizations that have been working to build the collective power of the most marginalized communities so they can fight for justice. She has been involved in Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) for the past three years in which she has fought for gender justice, racial and immigrant justice, civil rights, and educational justice. Jensine has and will continue to devote her life to her community so she can help support leaders within her own community to come together, strategize, and fight for a world in which all people are liberated. Her goals for the year are to become fluent in Spanish so she can come back to New York City and be involved in the immigrant justice movement both within the South Asian community and the Latin American community. As well as to form important relationships with people in Ecuador who have been involved in social movements so she can learn from progressive organizations there and bring it back to her work in the United States.

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Consider Taking A Gap Year, Do Research…Now!

March 7, 2017

Now that college applications are done, I want to talk about a door I did not even imagine existed, much less for me, before a trusted and beloved friend brought up the idea to me. Being a working-class student in a magnet high school, I was in two worlds: (1) expected me to go to...

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Experiences that Stretch Boundaries and Open Possibilities

March 5, 2017

The other day, my friend Antoinette and I entered our utmost delight with choclos, which are roasted corn in the cobs dressed in shredded cheese glued together with mayonnaise. The shop is a woman-run restaurant that specializes and only offers the best empanadas in all of Ecuador. She has grown to be a very familial,...

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Midpoint Adventure: The Plights and Fortunes of a U.S.-BornImmigrant

December 7, 2016

The other gringa, Svende, who lives in my house enters my room and cries, “I was just at our sister’s wedding!” I sat up straight, “Wait, what? Our sister is married?” Svende nods, her face in exasperation. Only a few hours ago I saw my sister putting on a very gorgeous blouse that went with...

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My Internal Hypocrisy

October 8, 2016

I am writing this while swinging on a hammock that hangs on the balcony in front of my room. The trees and plants contain the house, they grow around the walls of it. It’s what one would picture when one thinks, “garden house.” In the distance are mountains–they are a constant sight, surrounding you in the Andes....

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Finding Love in a Foreign Language, Family, Community, People, and Culture

October 3, 2016

My Quito host mom finally pulled up onto the block I was waiting on. I was the last fellow on the street and I was very nervous. Why is she late? Will it be terribly awkward because I know zip Spanish? (Yes) When she came out of the car, I approached her and said hesitantly, “Muchu gustu,”...

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Gap year? WTF?

October 2, 2016

I was sitting in my friend’s eccentric, beautiful, simple, and fresh aesthetic, literally “apartment GOALS” living room. It was a nice, warm Sunday afternoon in late April and we were doing a girls’ day in Brooklyn. I was with my sister, a year younger than me, my ever-since-middle-school best friend, and two of the raddest...

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