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Chavez: Curiosity About Identity

Chavez: Curiosity About Identity

By Paij Chavez

September 18, 2019

  Growing up, I felt othered. On my dad’s side, my grandfather was from Chihuahua, Mexico, and my grandmother was white, with Latter-day Saint pioneer roots. My mom’s side of the family has English, Danish and pioneer ancestry — so again, white.  My dad and his siblings did not l...

Chavez: Stop Moralizing Food and Focus on Self-Acceptance

Chavez: Stop Moralizing Food and Focus on Self-Acceptance

By Paji Chavez

September 17, 2019

  The conversations about food, weight and health need to change.  At the time of its release, the 2004 documentary “Super Size Me” made a strong impact on American culture, but it’s been argued that little has changed in regards to the country’s perspective of fast food since th...

Chavez: You Are More Than the Money You Make

Chavez: You Are More Than the Money You Make

By Paij Chavez

September 11, 2019

It's fair to assume that most college students are in college because they hope to better their lives in some way. Curiosity and a general thirst for knowledge fuel many, but the goal of being successful is almost constant. There's plenty of debate over what constitutes success and it is very common to hea...

Chavez: Consider the Contributing Factors to Criminal Behavior

Chavez: Consider the Contributing Factors to Criminal Behavior

By Paij Chavez

September 7, 2019

The American criminal justice system needs a complete overhaul, as does negative societal attitudes towards people who commit crime and the stigmatizing language used to describe them. Whether it is used consciously or subconsciously, language can cause damage and dehumanization.  The word "criminal" is stigmatizing, isolat...

Chavez: Be Kind, Unwind: Practice Self-Compassion to Avoid a Burnout

Chavez: Be Kind, Unwind: Practice Self-Compassion to Avoid a Burnout

By Paij Chavez

September 4, 2019

  I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the first day of school.  Whether it is the feel of a new pen on a clean notebook or the unknown possibilities of the upcoming class schedule, starting a new school year feels exciting and fresh. Sororities, fraternities, student clubs and campus organiza...

Chavez: The American Dream is Capitalist Ideology, and We Can Do Better

Chavez: The American Dream is Capitalist Ideology, and We Can Do Better

By Paij Chavez

August 29, 2019

As wealth inequality continues to lengthen between the top 1% and the bottom 99, many people have presented their ideas on how to combat this discrepancy and make the economy work more positively for a larger amount of the population. To put it simply, this country needs to care about people more than ...

Chavez: Curating Social Media Can Help You Feel Better

Chavez: Curating Social Media Can Help You Feel Better

By Paij Chavez

August 27, 2019

The media and advertising we are exposed to shape our worldview. Every day we are bombarded with images and stories that are trying to sell us something — food, fashion, lifestyle, etc. The continuous growth of marketing in social media is so pervasive that it takes strong intention to step back and...

Chavez: Stop Blaming and Start Advocating For Victims

Chavez: Stop Blaming and Start Advocating For Victims

By Paij Chavez

August 25, 2019

Victim-blaming continues to come up in cultural conversations, but unfortunately, traditional media perpetuates this more often than it's deconstructed by it.  A 2016 article from The Atlantic provides a comprehensive breakdown of why victim blaming is a pervasive phenomenon in our society, citing the “just world hyp...

Chavez: Media Literacy is Crucial for America’s Future

Chavez: Media Literacy is Crucial for America’s Future

By Paij Chavez

August 13, 2019

  Media literacy has always been a concern for educators and activists, but with the explosion of social media and online journalism in recent decades, the ability to evaluate what you are reading is crucial to being an informed citizen. With a president who has lied to the American people ove...

Chavez: In Fiction Criminal Justice Seems Simple. Reality is Far More Unfair.

Chavez: In Fiction Criminal Justice Seems Simple. Reality is Far More Unfair.

By Paij Chavez

August 1, 2019

  This article refers to sexual assault and rape. While it is not explicit, reader discretion is advised. Does anyone else who started watching "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" when they were just 10 years old now look back on it with slight concern, or is it just me? The series is on NB...

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