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Nicole Zhi

Pronouns: she/her

School: Irvington High School

Why are the topics discussed in Symbiosis important to the community?

The conversations around intersectionality and mental health at Symbiosis 2021 are important for us to be able to better educate and take care of ourselves through these challenging times. With COVID-19 and many issues brought to light over the course of this year, it is important to keep these conversations going to be an advocate for social justice and teen dating violence in your own community.

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Arista Zhu

Pronouns: she/her

School: Irvington High School

Why are the topics discussed in Symbiosis important to the community?

As students are getting more competitive in schools with the overemphasis on grades, our communities are paying less attention to the mental health of youth and undermining the importance of self-care. It’s crucial to have a space to teach and remind people to take care of themselves. It’s also important to educate the community about the differences between healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships for awareness and psychological well being, especially because many schools do not teach these topics. These topics are discussed in Symbiosis because they are topics that can not be ignored in everyday life. 

Anya Patri

Pronouns: they/them

School: Alsion Montessori

Why are the topics discussed in Symbiosis important to the community?

An important topic that Symbiosis will be covering is intersectionality as I think it serves as a reminder that while we often consider topics of race, gender, and sexuality in very different categories, and how they are all connected. Many of these connections provide both solutions and solidarity, and Symbiosis is a great place to have new conversations about them with a diverse group of people.

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Summer Chu

Pronouns: she/her

School: Irvington High School

Why are the topics discussed in Symbiosis important to the community?

The topics discussed in Symbiosis are very important for our community because a lot of these issues are occurring all around us and we may not know about it. It is important to know about these topics and know what you can do to help yourself and other people. Symbiosis can give you the resources to be more aware of yourself and protect your loved ones in the future. 

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Ananya Chittibabu

Pronouns: she/her

School: Alsion Montessori

 

Why are the topics discussed in Symbiosis important to the community?

Symbiosis is a place where people of all different races, genders, and sexualities can come together and have conversations about how everything is connected (intersectionality).

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Zara Ahmed

Pronouns: she/her

School: Ohlone College

 

Why are the topics discussed in Symbiosis important to the community?

Intersectionality is the makeup of someone's identity. The moment we begin to acknowledge these identities and the experiences that come along with them, the more we can begin to understand each other and the more we can empathize and grow as a community.

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Catalina Interiano

Pronouns: She/her

Moreau Catholic High School

Why are the topics discussed in Symbiosis important to the community? 

The topics that are addressed by Symbiosis are real problems that occur in our world.  Many of these topics are ignored and put to the side, when in reality, everybody should have the opportunity to learn and discuss these issues so they can be better prepared for the future.  I am proud to be a part of a team that brings attention to matters that concern people of all ages, not just children and young adults. 

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Aashka Jhaveri

Pronouns: she/her

School: American High School

 

Why are the topics discussed in Symbiosis important to the community?

The topics of mental health and intersectionality discussed in symbiosis are important to the community since they both can help youth. Mental health is something we all need to learn more about in order to help ourselves, and learning about intersectionality educates us on who we are and what we can do to help others.

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Aishwarya Thiyagarajan 

Pronouns: she/her

School: Washington High School

Why are the topics discussed in Symbiosis important to the community?

Intersectionality is ingrained in my youth activism within the community. Often in our community, we fail to recognize socioeconomic differences when lobbying for certain actions. With Symbiosis, we can educate community members and youth on how to use our voices in providing equitable platforms, especially for people of color. I hope that more people can encompass all interdisciplinary concepts of activism, such as racial justice and gender equality.

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