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Mother of Mexican-American Student Killed In Paris Received Her College Degree In Her Honor

Nohemi Gonzalez was living her dream of studying in Paris when a series of coordinated terrorists attacks rocked the city in November of last year. The college student was eating with friends at a cafe when she was shot and killed. This week, California State University, Long Beach has posthumously awarded Gonzalez her degree in Industrial Design, which was awarded to her grieving mother.

In November 2015, Nohemi Gonzalez was one of the more than 100 people killed in the Paris attacks.

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Gonzalez was a California State University, Long Beach student and a proud Mexican-American studying abroad in the City of Lights. She was shot and killed while eating at a cafe with friends just one month before she was supposed to return home to California.

Her death shook the CSULB community.

It was certainly a hard pill to swallow. Thinking about how just a year I was in your shoes. Nohemi you were a little tiggres who was one of the hardest working ppl I've met. Since you were always in the shop it was great to have you as company! You'd let me take tools from the shop without signing in (shhh) and would give me some good tips for whenever I needed design help. I'll never forget how cheery you were, and how fun it was to hangout with you once at that party. Seeing how our design family grouped up just for you showed me and a lot of people how much of a special person you are. 100s of ppl came to see you and I know you were watching from the heavens. Say hi to the real Pocahontas for me, and you will always be remembered… My favorite TA Nohemi. #paris #prayforparis #prayfornohemi #sad #life #rip #loveyou #nohemigonzalez #csulb

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“She’ll always be with us. She’ll still be roaming these halls, like she always does,” said Tim Mraz, her boyfriend of four years. “You’re always in my heart. I love you, baby.”

This week, CSULB awarded Gonzalez’s mother and stepfather her college degree.

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According to a university spokesperson, Gonzalez had also been honored as a Outstanding Graduate from CSULB’s College of the Arts prior to the graduation.

Gonzalez was the first name called during the ceremony of about 800 students. Her mother was there to accept her diploma.

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“She will always be in my heart,” Beatriz Gonzalez told Press-Telegram. “She was a strong woman who wanted a better life and a career. She was dedicated to her education.”

Gonzalez would have been the first person in her family to graduate from college.

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“This year, the tragic and terrible acts of terror that scar our world hit hard and incredibly close to home,” said Cyrus Parker-Jeannette, the dean of the College of the Arts. “As many of you know, we lost one of our beautiful and talented students to the awful violence in Paris this fall.”

“Nohemi Gonzalez was a bright light among the very bright students of our design department,” the department dean said before awarding the diploma.

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“”I always get emotional when it comes to remembering all the achievements of my daughter. It’s very sad for me,” Beatriz told WLS-TV ABC7. “She’s always going to live in my heart and the diploma is going to remind me of the wonderful person that she was.”

READ: First American Victim Identified in Paris Attacks Was A Proud First-Generation Mexican-American

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The First Ever Tribally-Associated Medical School Opened On Cherokee Lands

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The First Ever Tribally-Associated Medical School Opened On Cherokee Lands

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In this unprecedented year that has pushed the boundaries of the healthcare industry past its breaking point, a new kind of medical school is making history. A medical school that caters to Indigenous American medical students.

The school is called Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation (COMCN), and it will be the first tribally-associated medical school in the U.S.

Largely the brainchild of former principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Bill John Baker, the project aims to combine the practices of traditional healing practice of the Cherokee people with Western medical teachings.

Bill John Baker’s original goal was to invest money into the Cherokee Nation medical system. His fundraising efforts drew the attention of Oklahoma State University, who approached the then-principal Chief with the idea of opening up a medical school on reservation lands. To him, the decision was a no-brainer.

“After we were removed from tribal lands and there were no teachers, we invested our treasury into teachers. This is a natural progression. Just as our ancestors grew their own teachers 150 years ago, we want to grow our own doctors,” Bill John Baker told Medscape.

As recent reports have detailed, Indigenous communities are being disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the CDC, Indigenous Americans are testing positive for COVID-19 at 3.5 times the rate of white Americans. This is largely due to lingering historical inequities and structural failings that negatively impact the overall health of Indigenous Americans.

One of the solutions to this institutional failing is to recruit and train more doctors of color–in this case, more Indigenous American doctors. As of now, 0.4% of doctors in the U.S. identify themselves as being American Indian or Alaska Native.

Since COMCN is a state school, non-Indigenous students are welcome to study at the school as well. According to the university’s states, 22% of its students identify as Native American, while they make up less than 1% of the U.S. population.

The devastation that COVID-19 has wrought globally has spurred an uptick in medical school applications.

In what has been dubbed the “Fauci Effect”, the number of potential students applying to medical school is up 18% this year from last year. It seems that this global health crisis has sparked a desire in certain people dedicate their lives to medicine.

So COMCN couldn’t come at a better time. America needs more Indigenous doctors and COMCN is here to teach them.

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Rep. Ruben Gallego Broke Down Jared Kushner’s White Privilege In A Twitter Thread About Their Paths To Harvard

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Rep. Ruben Gallego Broke Down Jared Kushner’s White Privilege In A Twitter Thread About Their Paths To Harvard

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Jared Kushner recently made headlines for saying that Black Americans have to “want to be successful.” Kushner continued in the Fox & Friends interview saying that Trump policies are trying to help them with issues that “they’re complaining about.” Congressman Ruben Gallego of Arizona took to Twitter to call out Kushner and his easy, money-paved path in life after the interview aired.

Rep. Ruben Gallego has a few words about Jared Kushner’s claim that Black Americans don’t “want to be successful.”

Kushner, Ivanka Trump’s husband, was being interviewed by Fox & Friends when he suggested that Black Americans don’t want to successful. He added that the Trump administration has created policies to help Black Americans. Specifically, the Trump administration has created policies to help Black Americans overcome things that “they’re complaining about.”

The interview was immediately slammed by Democrats and activists as being tone deaf. Furthermore, the rhetoric is reminiscent of language used against the Black community for decades to justify policies that disenfranchised and injured the Black community.

Rep. Gallego was one of Kushner’s classmates at Harvard and the two had very different paths to the prestigious school.

Rep. Gallego created a Twitter thread to show the hoops he had to jump through in order to make it to Harvard. As a Latino from a middle class family, Rep. Gallego didn’t have a lot of the same luxuries afford to him like someone of Kushner’s background. The congressman’s story about his way to the Ivy League school is something a lot of people of color can relate to.

The story is an extension and deeper dive into the college admission scandal narrative.

Rep. Gallego detailed his four years in high school with the mission of making it to Harvard. For him, that meant studying for his exams for years with free and used test preps he could get his hands on. There was a community support to make it possible for him to get materials he needed.

According to Data USA, Harvard’s student body is heavily white. The data shows that 41 percent of students are white, 13.5 percent are Asian, 8.19 percent are Hispanic or Latino, and 5.35 percent Black or African-American.

Even the interviewing process was something so many other students didn’t have to contend with.

Some universities, especially ivy league schools, require prospective students to interview with alums and administrators. These interviews weigh heavily in the process and for Rep. Gallego, they were not easy to get to. He had to rely on public transportation to make it to his various interviews around Chicago.

Rep. Gallego spent four years getting ready to go to Harvard.

After four years of hard work and sacrifice, Rep. Gallego was accepted to Harvard. His path to Harvard was filled with friends and family helping him along the way, which is common in Latino communities. It is a story that many of us are familiar with but it isn’t a truly universal story, as Rep. Gallego points out about Kushner.

Kushner’s easy path to Harvard is why the congressman took issue with Kushner’s comments.

Documents show that Kushner got into Harvard after his father pledged a $2.5 million gift to be paid in annual installments of $250,000. Both of Kushner’s parents were also members of Harvard’s Committee of University Resources and donated to the school. In an interview with ProPublica, a former administrator at Kushner’s high school admitted that no one at the school believed that he got admitted on his own merit. The official said that neither his grades nor SAT scores warranted his admission into Harvard.

Rep. Gallego ended his thread asking people to donate to the Biden campaign and the United Negro College Fund.

Rep. Gallego is clearly not letting this story go by without weighing in. Kushner’s comments have set off a firestorm of frustration with people across the nation.

READ: College Admissions Scandal Mastermind Reportedly Told Parents To Lie About Ethnicity To Further Advantage Their White Children

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