I wrote an article for PBS Newshour on the importance of discussing race/culture and the immigration experience with students:
Last summer I received a message from family in Iraq letting me know that a few of my second cousins were volunteering to
join the Iraqi army to fight the Islamic State group.
Miles and continents away, I could not make sense of the world at that moment. How andwhy? I was so hurt, hurt for my family back home and hurt that average civilians who have no army training had to volunteer to fight such evil.
You can read the full article here.