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I serve on a fellowship panel. Somehow this year’s applicants are different, although I can’t disclose the details, I want to mention that many are from first-generation, low income, immigrant descendants and those without the privileges (socio-economic) as we do, but all of them overcame many difficulties and achieved high academic standards and completed high-quality research projects, one big component everyone mentions is the MENTORING they have, either a professor or a peer-mentoring program, those programs specifically target STEM, or first-gen, or Black, Indigenous, People of Color, etc.
So a multi-tier mentoring program is essential to the students’ success! It is proven to be highly effective, although takes a long time and effort and a community together to do it.
For the first time, when I have been reading those personal statements, i burst into tears, multiple times, maybe I am getting older and get emotional, I don’t know, it is just I am so touched by their stories (always had hardship and overcame it with grits, perseverance, curiosity and a big heart for the community).
Just want to share with you and hope we will have a mentoring community for all levels and have diversity, inclusion, and equity. As EDGE mentioned: ” Everyone should get the chance to do mathematics in an environment where they feel like they belong.” (EDGE ’21 alum)
The portraits of the prophets are not arranged randomly. The depiction of Zachariah, for example, is positioned directly above the entrance to his prophecy. Zechariah had prophesied that the Messiah would come to Jerusalem and his entry into the city was mirrored by the believes entering the chapel. Zechariah lived in Jerusalem in the 6th century BC. Michelangelo’s painting depicts the priest as a venerable figure.
The prophet Jeremiah is also known as the “weeping prophet.” The document on the left next to his throne bears the letter ALEF, which form the beginning of the Lamentations of Jeremiah in the Old Testament. This may explain the withdrawn and resigned expression. Michelangelo depicts Jeremiah neither engrossed in the written text nor alarmed by God’s message, but instead in a melancholy mood with his head resting on his hand. Even the accompanying figures in the background are evidence of his pain.
The priest and prophet Ezekiel lived in the early 6th century BC. Michelangelo depicts him as an old man who was engrossed in his reading but has now suddenly turned around to look behind him. Ezekiel’s gaze is focused on the hands of the small accompanying figure in the background, which are stretching up toward the heavens. They refer to the source of Hod’s message. Gestures play a central role in a large number of the ceiling frescoes painted by Michelangelo. Ezekiel’s open right hand, for example, can also be understood as a gesture of both amazement and readiness to receive the message.
Joel is one of the oldest prophets in the Old Testament. Michelangelo shows him in a fully concentrated pose, with his attention focused on the writing on the parchment scroll in his hands. Joel heralded a divine punishment that would be inflicted on the sinful Israelites in the form of an army. Michelangelo used a large amount of detail when painting the prophet’s facial expression, with Joel’s puckered brows and wrinkled forehead bearing reference to his sorrowful prophecy.
Michelangelo’s depictions of the prophets and sibyls show them reading. The fact that they are always holding scrolls or books is intended to symbolize their intellectual activity. Michelangelo also depicted the prophet Daniel writing, as if he wanted to record God’s message for future generations. It is thought that Daniel lived around the year 600 BC. As a descendent of the People of Israel, he spent many years working as a scribe in the court of King Nebuchadnezzar II in Babylon, where he was above all valued for his ability to interpret dreams.
The depiction of Jonah forms part of a group of paintings showing a total of seven biblical prophets, all of which foretold the coming of a messiah. The books of these prophets tell their life stories, explore their dreams & visions and comprise the fourth part of the Old Testament. Jonah is considered to be a prefiguration of Christ. He was swallowed by a whale and only escaped after three days and three nights, the precise amount of time for which Jesus spent in the tomb after being crucified and before his resurrection on the third day.