Category: News

First Thoughts

Usually, there is nothing more gratifying than being validated, than knowing you aren’t alone in your sentiments and experiences. But this time, there was nothing more gut wrenching either. We all know there is a gaping disparity between genders. It’s...

/ November 27, 2016

Active Voice and Me

Being talked over, spoken for, dismissed and ignored is all too commonly experienced by women and as an Arab Latina, it just comes with the territory. One of the main reasons I got into journalism was because I wanted to...

/ November 27, 2016

Building a community: the Active Voice listening tour rolls on

“Activating girls’ voices” was the advertised title of the gathering, a Saturday morning at a high school journalism workshop in Indiana. It was our public “coming-out party” after months of groundwork by our student fellows, a chance for our most-wanted...

/ November 17, 2016

Why I’m Here

“Sweetheart.” “Honey.” “You can’t be serious.” “That’s an inappropriate thing to say.” I’ve received these comments in actual professional settings, as well as in my positions as a student journalist. I’ve been disrespected, ignored, and not taken seriously on the...

/ October 11, 2016

Why I am an Active Voice Fellow

I don’t have a story of being personally censored. I was fortunate enough to attend a high school where my adviser trusted his students to be completely responsible for the paper and the administration did not subject us to prior...

/ October 10, 2016
2016 Active Voice Fellow Sindhu Ravuri

Introducing Active Voice Fellow Sindhu Ravuri

By Shea Smith Sindhu Shivani Ravuri was born in Los Gatos, California, but lived her entire life in San Jose. She attended the same school, The Harker School, from kindergarten until 12th grade. Now, a rising sophomore at the University...

/ September 9, 2016