Let’s Do This.

Compared to last semester, I feel a lot more rooted and comfortable in my role as a student here at UofM after spending nearly the last 3.5 years abroad in rural communities across the globe. Those experiences came with a lot of questions about my role as an American occupying spaces in governmental and nongovernmental…

It’s all about the chocolate!

Until today, I didn’t know that Grenada made its own chocolate. I knew about all the spices but I had no idea that there were multiple chocolate manufacturers on the island. However, today we went on a tour of the island and saw not one, but two. The first chocolate factory was the Diamond Chocolate…

Ready to Fly

With only a few days left before we leave Ann Arbor and head to tropical Grenada, our trip still seems unbelievable! I normally spend my days working in a microbiology lab thinking about tiny bacterial communities. It’s a pretty drastic shift to start thinking about problems facing larger communities of people. Now the time has…

An Insider Outsider Perspective

“Community used to be a central unit where everyone was concerned about well-being but now we become more centralized and don’t know what is happening with our neighbors”-overheard at our community presentation in Cleveland, MS Coming into Clarksdale, I caught myself enthralled in the rich blues history and culture here. I was excited to explore…

Hear it for yourself

My deepest gratitude goes out to the people of the Coahoma, Lafayette and Bolivar counties for sharing their inspiring stories. I don’t think there is really much for me to say. It is not about me. I can’t articulate the stories for them. See what they had to say: ” People are trying to breath, they…

Stop, Look, Listen

After a long day of travel on some less than smooth flights, I’m safely back in Ann Arbor. Back to my own bed, my own couch, and to be honest – my own safety net.  Spending the last seven days in Mississippi has certainly changed me for the better, and certainly pushed me outside of…