Columns, Viewpoints & News Articles

Below shows a range of my writing as a journalist– from editorials to news articles, where my interest in exploring identity has been consistent.

Everyone Is At Risk

By Brittany A. Smith

Published: February 13th, 2012
Source: The Michigan Daily

“Bulletin boards in residential halls scream “diversity matters” or hand-held pledges given across campus that honor sexual health awareness often provoke students to get more involved in knowing their sexual health status. These campaigns are often very ambitious. They ask students to survey their health with quick and easy tests or seek counseling for preventable measures that can be taken as a precaution against incurable diseases, like HIV/AIDS. Yet, current societal conditions make it difficult for students to act responsibly.”

Obama’s wins and losses

By Brittany A. Smith
Published: October 23rd, 2011
Source: The Michigan Daily

“The nation is split with people who understand the issues that Obama must resolve — such as those he inherited from the Bush administration — and those who do not….Obama’s supporters are beginning to realize that his presidency is indeed unprecedented, but is in no way as glorious as they had anticipated.”

One on one with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, legendary civil rights leader

By Brittany A. Smith
Published: August 27th, 2010

” I walked away with a better understanding of Jackson; in fact, his words resonated with me. The way in which Jackson speaks of the concerns of the day, such as the War on Terror, the loss of manufacturing jobs, and the rising price tag of higher education, is fueled not by an anxiety to complain, but with the invigoration of a liberator for change.”

Closing the Education Gap

By Brittany A. Smith
Published: October 10th, 2010
Source: The Michigan Daily

The Young People’s Project was crafted from the belief that math literacy could impact social change. In the United States, haves and have-nots are often distinguished by their quality of education. YPP was founded with the conviction that the only way to minimize this country’s socio-economic disparity is to challenge the achievement gap — specifically in mathematics.


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