Letter from the Community Section Editor:

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Photo courtesy of Katherine Frediani

To the community of the University of Dallas,

For those of you who do not know me, my name is Kate Frediani and I had the pleasure of being the editor of the Community section this past semester. The Community section, new to The University News this semester, came from a need to fill space because of a reduced Sports section, but also because the Editor-in-Chief saw a need for an enjoyable diversion. When I was asked to be the editor of the Community section, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. As such, I worked with the Editor-in-Chief brainstorming ideas as to what the Community section could entail. 

When I considered what it means to be part of a community, I was reminded of the one I came from and the weird traditions that my own family has. Those special memories inspired the Family Traditions column. Similarly, I saw a place in our publication to highlight the artistic members of our community, and thus the Art Spotlight was born. 

This semester, I have had the privilege to feature the unique traditions that UD students have, but this experience has done more for me than I for it. I have learned so much about the different cultures that my peers come from and the different ways that they express them. The Community section has encouraged me to reach out to new people, be open to different perspectives and appreciate my roots—all in order to showcase the beauty of our community’s diversity. It has brought me joy to share the striking pieces written by members of the UD community.

Although this experience has been fruitful, my time as the Community Editor has come to a close as I prepare to embark on my Rome semester. However, I know that the next editor will continue to give voice to the best of our community. I have full confidence that they will do a fantastic job.

I would like to leave you, UD, with two pieces of advice. Do not be afraid to share your story—no matter its origin nor character. Especially in our current climate,  those who courageously share their experience and their narratives are commendable. The personal and meaningful contributions made by the authors of the Community section have bettered our lives. Storytelling increases compassion and helps to foster a more welcoming society. Secondly, listen to other people’s stories. Be open to learning where people come from, why they think as they do and how the world has shaped them. You do not have to agree with them, but when we are willing to listen, we cultivate a  kinder, stronger and more united community.

Sincerely, 

Kate Frediani

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