"I go from the harshest aspects of the border to the responses of activists, social workers and community members who are trying to do something to make it better."
Sherrie Kossoudji, associate professor of social work and adjunct associate professor of economics, explaining the arc of the trips she takes with her students to the U.S.-Mexico border.
"When you go off to art school, you hope you find something that's right for you, and for a certain number of people that will be fibers."
Sherri Smith, the Catherine B. Heller Collegiate Professor of Art, is the first and only tenured fabrics professor at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design.
"For both those who teach and those who learn, it's about finding a way to teach to act, to stop making them recipients of knowledge but instead owners of knowledge."
Nesha Haniff, lecturer IV in Afroamerican and African studies and women's studies.
"It's just my passion to work with young people, so I knew this would be my career path."
Karin Arizala, staff psychologist at Counseling and Psychological Services
"Gamelan music and dance are vehicles for expressing and experiencing this deep harmoniousness not only between humans, but between humans and the divine."
Susan Walton, lecturer IV in the Residential College and in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, regarding the Javanese music style that has captured her interest.
"You really get to, at the end of the day, see your work and how you impact the people around you. It's incredibly rewarding."
Nelson "Buzz" Cummings, chef de cuisine in research and development at Michigan Dining
"When you're dancing, you can't really think about anything else. You have to focus. You have to be present and in the moment."
Julie Kelsea, health information specialist at the School of Dentistry, who enjoys ballroom dancing and sailing in her spare time.
"Great institutions don't become great institutions without great staff."
Janice Reuben, senior associate for programs and outreach for the Center for the Education of Women.
"If you are trying to convince someone else to understand your point of view, listening is more important than talking."
Arthur Lupia, Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor of Political Science and professor of political science in LSA
"It becomes like much more of a normal hobby to me — just a chance to meet up with your friends and play."
Robert Havey, communications specialist at the Bentley Historical Library and a fan of the competitive card game Magic The Gathering.