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Omar + CM110 was absolutely one of the BEST decisions I've made during my time at UCLA. Wow. Where to even begin... I have never felt more validated, supported, encouraged in a class. Omar has done something that I've never experienced during my time in academia - and that is validate the fact that we are people first. This class has went above and beyond what anyone would expect of regular ole Western Anglo colonized academic culture. Not once did he make students feel inferior or sole listeners. Our input was welcomed at all times. This is the sort of class everyone needs to take in higher education. Especially at UCLA who screams diversity and inclusion. Omar has opened doors for me - mentally, emotionally, spiritually. You know when you finish high school or college and people in the after life ask you "So what'd you take away from that?" Certainly not the 2 years of French, Physics 10, or Geo 5, or Psych 120B.... but I can tell you about CM110 specifically with Profe Omar.... let me tell you all about it. This class dynamic is one that helped me through this quarter. My load for this quarter has been HEFTY, unexpected, uncertain, and very much stressful - BUT this class was the ONE thing that kept me on my feet. I looked forward to every lecture. Every single one. It felt like a break away from such a robot-like system that everyone else at UCLA is under. Though I am typing this during Week 10, I am truly not excited for the end of this journey with this course and professor. Omar is a gift to UCLA and only those who are open to what all that life brings will understand. You know, in life we are going to come across all kinds of people in different spaces whether it be at work, at school, on a plane, in another country, your uber driver, your in-laws... Everyone around you will not believe the same things as you, nor will they feel what you do about a certain topic... they may be on the other side of things, as a matter of fact. But that's life. And eventually everyone will come to terms with this truth. Everyone should. This is where empathy comes into play. Sometimes you just need to lend an ear, extract what you want, and move on. This is that class - one that tells all truth. One that does not judge. One where everyone feels welcome. Thank you Omar for giving me this experience. I will certainly take with me much... I wish Omar only the best. Anyone who gets to hear his word is fortunate. I hope you soar all over and go where people need your word.
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