Watch: Illustrating social action

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May 1, 2020 | Web First
Aaron Epp | Online Media Manager
Maya Morton Ninomiya, a student at Conrad Grebel University College, created an illustrated reflection on how the school was socially and politically active during the winter 2020 term. (Photo courtesy of YouTube)

When a Conrad Grebel University College student was asked to reflect on how the Waterloo, Ont. school was socially and politically active during the winter 2020 term, she went straight to the drawing board—literally.

Created for Grebel’s virtual term-end banquet last month, Maya Morton Ninomiya put together a three-minute video using original artwork to illustrate her reflection.


“We tackled a lot of difficult issues that were at the forefront of current local, national and global news,” Morton Ninomiya says in the video, including the Wet'suwet'en conflict, the ethical impacts of the fashion industry and the COVID-19 pandemic. “These were all very challenging topics to consider, particularly with all the unknowns.”

“The strange truth is that despite these disconcerting unknowns, these issues have a particular way of bringing us together,” she adds. “These issues that impact all of our lives collectively remind us that we are all part of this human experience together.”

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Maya Morton Ninomiya, a student at Conrad Grebel University College, created an illustrated reflection on how the school was socially and politically active during the winter 2020 term. (Photo courtesy of YouTube)

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