Neha Saju

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Neha Saju is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore planning on majoring in political science and history and minoring in English. Her column, "Pride, Not Prejudice," runs on alternate Fridays.

SAJU: Education remains incredibly important amid coronavirus disease crisis

The security of a nation depends on the knowledge of its citizens, as education is the foundational aspect of society. Protecting the safety of American citizens has often surpassed other social and economic values, but the conservation and cultivation of educational practices must remain central to transform security measures according to the unpredictability of a changing world. 


SAJU: Workplace myths used against women

 Last week in this column, the gender pay gap and the wealth gap exposed how society systematically undervalued the paid and unpaid labor of women. This week, the translation of these two topics into the professional lives of women will be analyzed, beginning with the notion of the "confidence gap."  


SAJU: Discrimination against women still prevalent

 James Damore’s workplace discrimination lawsuit has now gone down in infamy. Last year, the then-Google software engineer sued the company for workplace discrimination and claimed that there was company bias against conservative white men.  


SAJU: Rising costs of college unnecessary burden

 This week, seniors across America took a step toward understanding their futures. Some young adults will take time off, begin working or go to a vocational school. But most of these high schoolers — approximately 70% of them — will decide to attend college.  


SAJU: Nation must address disparities in our system of education

How does a nation secure its future? While there are numerous answers to this question, the most obvious response concerns a country’s treatment of its youth. The real test of a progressive nation is how it chooses to support and empower its young people, as they are the future of that country.  


SAJU: Weaponization of social media intensifies damages of hate

“Terrorism is the propaganda of the deed, and the terrorist is always as interested in his audience as his victim … But social media makes this vector much more powerful. We become host to the virus, and we accelerate its spread,” said Reid Meloy, a forensic psychologist and consultant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


SAJU: Benefits from privilege come with duty to extend gains to all

Privilege is the idea that some people benefit from advantages that are unearned and are, for the most part, unacknowledged. An individual will have privilege in at least one aspect of their identity: race, skin color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, socioeconomic background, mental wellness, physical ability, physical appearance and/or immigration status. 


We need to understand real meaning of self-care for benefits

My piece this week is inspired by Brianna Wiest’s article “This Is What ‘Self-Care’ REALLY Means, Because It’s Not All Salt Baths And Chocolate Cake.” This article will be based off the ideas discussed in Wiest’s piece, as they have caused me to re-examine and research what self-care entails, socially, politically and economically in present-day American society. 


SAJU: Allies need awareness of identity, privilege

Being an ally is a good thing, but only when it is done with the right intentions. Wearing the term "ally" on your sleeve does not inherently give you the right to call attention to your own support instead of the actual issues at hand. 


SAJU: Empathy is still of great importance

There should be something deep inside of a human being that causes one to stand for a belief — an indescribable emotion that makes one's chest cave in at the thought of injustice or the desire to fight the unfinished battles of those who came before. Something that reminds us of our humanity as well as our responsibility to society 


SAJU: Voting on Nov. 6 is absolute necessity

As a nation, we stand at a crossroads. The time is coming for us to choose who we are and what we choose to fight for. History is being made at this moment, and years from now when we look back at this time in the pages of a social studies textbook, there are two possible reactions for how we can feel. We can remark on how far we have come and how much progress has been made or we will look back and remember a better time. 


SAJU: Everyone should read ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas

I knew "The Hate U Give" was important to read before I even picked it up or before I saw all of the award stickers emblazoned on the front. These politically charged times sparked a desire in me to search for a piece of writing that would fundamentally alter my perception of the issues plaguing our society. I found what I was looking for with this story, and yet it still managed to surprise me with the numerous complicated issues it tackles as well the depth with which it tackles them with. 


SAJU: Attempting to define 'real' Americans is dangerous

Immigration is the blood that gives life to the governing body of the United States. Without it, America would have never developed into the nation that we know today and the flow of new ideas and perspectives would cease to exist. Generations of immigrants built this country with their hard work and determination to achieve the American Dream. Yet, we readily accept the narrative of the so called self-made man while forgetting that this land was taken from indigenous people and built on the backs of enslaved people. 

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