Crimson opinion writer

Laura S. Veira-Ramirez

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Why I Left STEM

I remembered how fragile my future became as I watched votes go up for a man who held the fate of my undocumented community in his hands. I suddenly remembered that I had more to worry about than academics.


We Deserve to Be Here

You are all so much more than what they think you are. You are strong and resilient and have earned your place here.


An Open Letter to Undocu+ Freshmen

You will have questions on how to navigate this system as an undocumented college student that not everyone will be able to answer.


I'm a Female Minority at Harvard, and This is Why I Support PC Culture

I’m not sorry that you feel like you can’t freely express your prejudiced thoughts—not when you want to do so at the expense of another person’s existence.


Harvard’s Next President Should Be an Activist

We need someone who will not claim to know what’s best for their students by ignoring what those students—who are actually best positioned to know—are asking for.


Trump Is Still Trash on Immigration

I cannot forget the parents, mine among them, who see no hope in attaining these rights in their own near future.


The Real Fear of Deportation

Fear was present before I even knew what deportation meant—before I knew what it meant to not have papers.


Dissent: Harvard: Where Hate Speech is Welcome

Equating a single individual’s opinion to the same level of importance as an individual’s identity is unacceptable. We cannot afford to “test” the limits of free speech. A very clear line already exists; you are free to your own opinion so long as your opinion does not threaten another person’s existence. The line has been crossed here.

Divest Harvard

Dissent: Harvardian Hypocrisy

Divestment and climate change research are not mutually exclusive. Rather, the combined action will only pull the University’s usage of the endowment in line with the University’s espoused stance on climate change.

Op Eds

Financial Aid is a Treatment, Not a Cure

Their lives haven’t changed for the better. I find out that my dad pulled his shoulder at work and is still in pain. My mom shares her worries as she wonders how they will pay for the next month’s rent. I feel guilty and helpless. As I enjoy everything Harvard gives me, my parents continue to struggle.


"Get over it."

We can’t just pretend that millions of people’s lives aren’t at risk. We can’t just sit by idly and watch the country that people have worked so hard to build up burns to the ground.


Dissent: ​Undocumented Students Deserve Better

Those students who are already vocal about their status can be traced through coverage they have received in the media, and the declaration of Harvard as a sanctuary campus will only reassure them of the University's commitment to them.