The Trouble with Trying to Fix College


Originally published on Make Change Magazine. 

There’s no question millennials feel cheated by the higher education system: The rising cost of tuition, the dim prospect of graduating in four years, and the slim pickings of high-quality jobs available upon graduation seem to guarantee debt for all eternity. But while our student loan crisis has so far been stubbornly resistant to disruption, that hasn’t stopped entrepreneurs from trying. The latest innovation—a short-term, career-focused program—is both for-profit and free of high upfront costs, but it still might not be the bargain many students seek.

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It Takes a ‘Small Village’ to Resettle One Refugee


Originally published on Make Change Magazine.

In the 1980s, the government of Bhutan ordered an ethnic cleansing in an attempt to control the Nepali-speaking Bhutanese community. The government cut Nepali language courses from school curriculum, required citizens to wear traditional Bhutanese attire, and enforced a strict etiquette code that interfered with the group's Hindu religion. Known as Lhotshampa, these ethnic Nepalese had their lands seized by the government and a few years later, more than 100,000 people were forced to flee. Because the majority were Bhutanese citizens, deportation left them stateless, and they were forced to seek safety in neighboring countries.

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