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Aya Saed

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Aya Saed | Becoming an American

Yesterday, I cast my first ballot as a newly naturalized citizen of the United States.

November 7, 2012

Aya Saed | Arming America

Rather than killing Muslim civilians and children under a façade of liberation, we should empower these communities.

October 26, 2012

Aya Saed | Making a house a home

With such a deep history and continued commitment to Afro-American history, what could stop me from living in the house?

October 5, 2012

Aya Saed | A silent victory in the face of violence

I have more in common with a moderate Christian than any Muslim radical who proposes violence.

September 13, 2012

Aya Saed | Local actors supplement failing governments

The issues facing Sudanese citizens and those facing students of Philadelphia are not one in the same. They do, however, represent similar injustices.

July 11, 2012

Aya Saed | Not so different after all

The Class of 2016 — who will be joining us next fall — promises to be more diverse and representative of the shifting demographics in this country. The increased diversity creates new potential to unite students from all walks of life.

April 19, 2012

Aya Saed | Leveraging Penn privilege

Philadelphia is home to some of the most discriminatory laws in the country, but we simply do not have to deal with their repercussions because of our Penn ID.

April 5, 2012

Aya Saed | Why wear a hoodie for Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin is not dead — his memory is giving life to a powerful movement. And in his spirit, I’m asking this community to join the Million Hoodie March today at 5 p.m. in front of Du Bois College House as we march toward Love Park in protest.

March 26, 2012

Aya Saed | Notes from an NYPD subject

Before this incident, I was pretty confident that I was in no way subjected to the scrutiny of American law enforcement, but I was naïve. The same might apply to you.

February 23, 2012

Your Voice | Far from an even playing field

In reaching our leadership positions on campus, we have all learned to navigate these subtle forms of gender discrimination in our daily work.

February 19, 2012

Aya Saed | Should a point of view have a dollar value?

Don’t get me wrong. I have no qualms with free speech, since I am obviously utilizing that right as you read.

February 9, 2012

Aya Saed | Tackling the deathly issue

Penn students are eager to integrate themselves into the community and ensure that things change for the better. But it’s time to also gather momentum in combating an issue of life and death.

January 27, 2012

Weighing in on culture of obesity

Two Penn researchers are combatting the problem of our society’s culture of obesity in an innovative way — by partnering universities with the community.

October 7, 2009

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January 18, 2012