- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) - White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett has told seniors at Colby College that while technology makes the world smaller and brings people together, it also causes fear of change and the unknown, which spawns conflict and polarizing politics.

Jarrett addressed the students Saturday, a day before commencement. The college’s website says the lawyer and businesswoman told seniors that as social norms and historical boundaries change, people “are desperately trying to hold onto the status quo” and are “building barriers both literally and figuratively.”

She advises students to get to know their fellow citizens and to embrace their citizenship through voting - “and not just in cool presidential elections” - serving in government or running for elected office.

Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, is the commencement speaker on Sunday.

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