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Student in Focus: Isabella Saeedy (‘23), Artist

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Isabella Saeedy (‘23) with her book “The Domestic Violence Awareness Project”

Successfully raising awareness about different issues in society requires a lot of dedication and demanding work, a challenge that Isabella Saeedy (‘23) took on last summer. She created a short graphic story about domestic abuse for the Los Angeles Public Library.

Called “Arthur’s Story,” it is part of a compilation of essays and other graphic stories created by teen volunteers from Strength United, a chartered domestic, sexual, and child abuse center created by California State University Northridge. The works are in a book about domestic abuse: “The Domestic Violence Awareness Project.”

“Over the summer I felt like I needed to contribute to my community, I had a desire to help and I wanted to do it in a way that was most fulfilling to me,” Isabella said.

Isabella mentions how passionate she is about writing and drawing, so when she stumbled upon the program “Close to Home” by Strength United, she knew it was the perfect opportunity to showcase her artistic ability and her passion for helping others.

The program involved 15 teenage volunteers, who over the course of the summer, attended weekly classes on domestic violence and learned about the different forms of abuse. They also had regular Zoom meetings with graphic artists to learn more about digital art. Each volunteer created a digitally drawn case study, highlighting different forms of domestic abuse. They worked on their projects for the entire summer.

“We had an August deadline and we started in June, so it took up pretty much the whole summer. [Personally], I think [I took] a month to two months with planning out, drawing, and story writing because I came up with the story myself and drew the whole thing myself,” Isabella said.

“Arthur’s Story” is about Arthur, a young man who suffers from a car crash and must depend on his girlfriend to help him during recovery. As time goes on, his girlfriend abuses her power over him by using his money to buy expensive items and isolating him from friends and family. In the end, Arthur finds help from the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

The story covers financial, emotional, and psychological abuse. Financial abuse involves the control of money when it is withheld or used against someone. Not being allowed to work, not having access to personal accounts, and not being included in financial decisions are all signs of financial abuse.

“I felt like financial abuse was not one that a lot of people knew about, and I chose to display this form of abuse because I have seen it happen and it’s not a well-known form of abuse that requires more attention, ” Isabella said.

Isabella’s initial goal when joining this project was to raise awareness. Many people have one image of what domestic abuse looks like, but it encompasses many types of abuse that are often in combination. When informed about the different types of abuse, people can identify when it occurs and seek help when needed.  Aside from the case studies, the book includes a glossary of terms used, hotline numbers, and addresses of different organizations that fight domestic abuse.

“The fact that it is in multiple Los Angeles Public libraries, that I can go to the page and see that it has gotten checked out, and just knowing that people are reading it, helps assure me that people are benefitting from this,” Isabella said.

The Domestic Violence Awareness project was Isabella’s first published work, and in the future, she hopes to continue to help her community and raise awareness about different topics through literary activism.

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Oma Sukul
Oma Sukul, Editor of Photography
One hundred kilometers an hour. Blink, and you’ll miss it. Hesitate, and it’s too late. But for Oma Sukul (‘23), Editor of Photography, it’s just another day of volleyball. Her lightning-fast reflexes not only help her as a varsity player out on the court, but they also enable her to capture spontaneous moments that are featured on the front page. However, Oma also treasures the slower parts of life. If one were to visit her home in Rancho Cucamonga, she would likely be found indulging in romance stories alongside her cat Lucky or singing along to Niel Diamond with her dad. She cherishes her connections with her friends and family, and you can always count on her to be genuine, friendly, and delightful in conversation. Born in Toronto, Canada, her transcontinental family means that she has roots spanning the Pacific Ocean. Contributing to dozens of articles last year, this year Oma seeks to further explore her creative side. Rediscovering her passion for the WCC's quizzes, she continues her quest to make the publication engaging and entertaining for all. One thing’s certain: whatever life throws at her, whatever the speed, you can count on Oma Sukul to spike it back with a smile.   Favorite song: “I am... I said” by Neil Diamond 
Wura Ogunnaike
Wura Ogunnaike, Editor of Culture & Lifestyle & Social Media Manager
After spending her summer in a lab for a science research program, Wura Ogunnaike (23’) is ready to return to the Webb Canyon Chronicle as a Social Media Manager and the Editor of Culture & Lifestyle. Reflecting her earlier efforts, Wura enjoys writing for the publication because of the freedom and wide range of topics she can cover in the process. This year, aside from having fun with writing, Wura is also taking on the responsibility of a Social Media Manager by utilizing social media outreach to attract more readership and enhance the reputation of the Webb Canyon Chronicle. Outside of the newsroom, Wura is a Jameson dorm prefect, where she always demonstrates the perfect balance between enacting leadership when necessary and showing kindness to her fellow dorm residents. In her free time, Wura likes to read, hike, and listen to Taylor Swift songs. However, her favorite song is “This is What Makes Us Girls” by Lana Del Rey. In addition to developing new interests, her goal for herself is to branch out in multimedia and work on social media-related publications. Some examples include podcasts or a photo gallery, which she has already exposed herself to during her first year of journalism.  Favorite Song: "This Is What Makes Us Girls" by Lana Del Rey

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    Shamsi | Aug 4, 2022 at 9:38 PM

    What amazing young people to write and illustrate their own stories. I especially liked the “Arthur’s story”. I appreciated the fact that a person with disability was depicted. Great job to the writer Isabella Saeedy.