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Mailbag: Letters to the editor for the week of March 5

My name is Lisa Nguyen and I am commenting on your recent article “Hmong Student Association Host Tea Party for a Scholarship.” First off I would like to say I absolutely love this fundraiser! Coming from a low-income family and being the oldest, college didn’t seem realistic to me. Who would pay for my college? My parents were already struggling to put food on the table. I knew I needed to apply to scholarships and work if I wanted to have a college education. I personally can say scholarships have helped me out immensely. It has made it possible for me to achieve higher education. I am the first in my family to attend college and I hope I am not the only one. Scholarships like these reach out to people who didn’t think they had a chance. College is expensive, that is no secret. But having scholarships like these can really make a difference since the financial burden of college can be stressful. As noted in the article, Hmong population in college is one of the lowest rates of higher education attainment among Asian population. It is important to acknowledge this because diversity and inclusivity plays a vital role in education. We cannot just exclude a group. If we see someone struggling we reach out and help them. This is why I love the ESC. They are doing great things to positively impact our community by teaching and by giving. I look forward to seeing what else in store for the future!

Letters to the Editor

Mailbag: Letters to the editor for the week of Feb. 12

Your article "Cultural appropriation at Western and how it can be avoided" (Feb 7, 2018) has finally moved me to speaking out about an issue that has bothered me ever since I joined Western almost 13 years ago. It's the name of our newspaper, "The Western Front". As most people are aware, it's a crude play on the title of the anti-war novel "All Quiet on the Western Front" ("Im Westen nichts Neues" in the original German) by Erich Maria Remarque.

The Setonian

Opinion: Western highlights diversity, but forgets about inclusion

For a university which claims to be inclusive, it’s time for Western to start practicing what it preaches. The Western Front editorial board would like to start this opinion piece by saying we are not intending to speak for students of color on this campus. They have shared their voices clearly, including last week, when the Oceanic Student Association issued a statement regarding Western Athletics’ proposed “Hawaiian Night” basketball game. We agree with OSA that students of color have been burdened with the uncompensated labor of education and making campus welcoming to diverse students. Our intent is to stand behind the work of students of color and ask Western to commit to their promises of inclusion.

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