CCNY Student is 2017 Truman Scholar

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CCNY Junior Claire Lynch is Selected for Prestigious Public Service Scholarship 

At a surprise meeting outside his office, President Vincent Boudreau had the pleasure of telling City College junior Claire Lynch that she is the recipient of a 2017 Truman Scholarship for Public Service. “Congratulations, Claire, you are a Truman Scholar. This is a huge deal.”

Boudreau told Lynch, who is a double major in political science and Jewish Studies, “This is life-changing. We’ve had Truman Scholars here at City College and we speak to them five, ten, fifteen years down the line, and they tell us it changed everything.”

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Q-and-A: Colin Powell on Vietnam service, Iraq and Afghanistan, and Black History Month

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Colin Powell didn’t sign up with four stars in mind. The New York City native and son of Jamaican immigrants had a much simpler objective.
“I came in the Army to be a good soldier. And what I've tried to do every day of my 35-plus years in services is to be a good soldier every day, and let the Army decide how far they wanted me to go.”
As it turned out, the Army wanted him to go very far. And Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush needed him to serve further still. Today, at 80 years old and “retired,” Powell is still finding ways to serve.

The first (and so far only) African-American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the first African-American to serve as secretary of state, recently shared insights from his incredible career as part of Military Times' Black Military History Month.

Sipping on the Indian Haterade: Hindu American Whiteness and Support for Trump

trump-indian-american-afp_650x400_51476604221 Unlike other communities of color in the United States, it has not been so easy for South Asian Americans to organize and act as one.  The very complexity of South Asia and the myriad of internal politics make mobilization a difficult issue.   Even during my time in Atlanta conducting ethnographic research on the South Asian American sporting community, organizations like South Asians for Unity struggled to collectively engage the heterogeneous ethnic, class, and religious South Asian American community in Atlanta.  Sikh American elders and I (a Christian Tamil) shared a sentiment of feeling minimally included in the discussions about peace on the subcontinent.

Thus, even the coming together as South Asian Americans during these precarious times is difficult.  Similarly, in her work on Asian Americans, Linda Vo, in Mobilizing Asian America (Temple University Press, 2004), illuminates the struggle with organizing the multiple nationalities, ethnicities, languages, and histories of migration into one political voice.  Taking Vo’s important work and extending it to understand South Asian American life in the U.S. proves informative and allows us to make sense of contemporary events, such as the Hindu support of Donald Trump.  While South Asian America is not singular nor uniform nor tied politically to a single bloc, I argue here that the small segments who support Trump, particularly Hindu fundamentalists and nationalists, seek wages from that relationship that will not secure rights for the rest of South Asian America, especially Muslim Americans.

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