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“Since the start of the pandemic, I’ve been holding a weekly virtual game night for the students in my research group at the City University of New York. Last Tuesday, we played The Voting Game. The premise is that players vote on which member of the group is best described by a character-revealing question, such as, “Who regularly orders delivery from less than five blocks away?” The class voted to award three extraordinarily different superlatives to a student named Beatrice: top dancer, most likely to rescue a drowning child, and best future lawyer. I once told Beatrice that when she becomes the first Latina senator from New York, she’ll have to buy me lunch. She laughed, but I often see things in my students that they don’t see in themselves”

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