This semester, students had the opportunity to participate in the Social Justice Ambassador program, a 6 week program for folks looking to explore issues of social justice through different lenses and deep discussion. Today this program culminates in a talk back for these students to share their experiences.
Students participating in the program gave #humsoc some exclusive info, providing the following thoughtful response to their experience:
In this 6 week Social Justice Ambassadors Program, we had the opportunity to become a part of a safe space where we were able to discuss our ideas and experiences regarding the world of social justice. The themes we examined were Class & Race, Sexuality & Religion, Power Privilege & Oppression, and Social Justice Strategies, and discussing and learning the ways in which these ideas make up the social norms, giving power and privilege to a selective few. Moreover, we talked about the importance of identifying our individual privileges and learning how to use them best to advocate for social equity and equality. Coming from different backgrounds allowed us to expand our dialogue by sharing our knowledge and ideas based on our own life experiences. This was an amazing opportunity to further our global understanding by listening to other members’ input and creating vibrant conversations surrounding social justice. In the world we live in, we are desperately in need of Social Justice Ambassadors, and we hope more students have the opportunity to further expand these pivotal discussions and be a part of this incredible program!
-Dominique Cagliuso, Dorian Provencher, Manuela Arap and Olivia Luis-Charles
Thanks to SDA for putting this program together! Get more info here, and reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or get at their social medias if you’d like to see more programming like this going forward. Stay warm and be kind this weekend, and thanks for reading.
(Coming at you straight from Prof Marnie Brady. Enjoy!)
Special guests Athena Viscusi, LICSW, and Maria Dohers of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders gave students a view into global social work practice. The class discussed social work perspectives involving cultural humility, self-care, cross-NGO partnerships, and humanitarian intervention within the context of militarism, climate change, and refugee dislocation. Athena Viscusi, a clinical social worker with MSF, provides support to field workers before, after, and during deployment to crisis zones abroad. She shared about her own fieldwork as a psychosocial mental health worker with MSF in Liberia, Palestine, Central African Republic, Myanamar, and Haiti, among other countries. During the height of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, Athena supported a program for survivors, immune to the disease, to act as mental health counselors to encourage and support those who were still afflicted. She was joined at MMC by a graduate student at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, Marie Dohrs, who shared about her previous work supporting immigrants and refugees here and abroad. Marie explained the steps she took in her process of applying to graduate school.
MMC students & Prof. Brady express their deep appreciation for the important and urgent work of MSF in the world, and for the time the guests spent with us discussing their own professional career paths and the challenges in global social work.
(Yay guest speakers! Thanks for reading, have a great weekend, spread kindness everywhere you go and be brave.)
We are just 10 days away from Griffins Give Day, when the MMC community comes together for 24 hours of giving to support our squad, current and future! I spoke with Carly S. from the Institutional Advancement office to get the inside scoop.
WHAT IS IT?: GGD is an annual day of giving, when the community is encouraged to support MMC with donations of any size. There are multiple ways to give including donating online or IRL in the Hewitt Gallery, making purchases with coordinated sponsors, and participating in the fun by entering to win raffle prizes and coming to the after party!
10/08 Make a purchase at CHIPOTLE (1153 THIRD AVE) between 4-8pm and a portion of the proceeds goes to #griffinsgiveday
10/09 Make a purchase at PANDA EXPRESS (1277 1st Avenue) between 4-8pm and a portion of the proceeds goes to #griffinsgiveday
10/10 Come to the Hewitt Gallery for your chance to win prizes!
WHAT DOES GGD MEAN TO YOU?
Institutional Advancement plans the annual event, and my job is to get the word out around campus and on social media. Last year over 40k was raised in just 24 hours. Our hope is that everyone who is able to give- and who values what MMC has provided them/the continued mission- participates! Any size donation is wonderful. The money goes to keeping the buildings safe and beautiful, scholarships that ensure great students of diverse backgrounds get to campus (and find success!), and updating technology so students are prepared for the world in this evolving era.
With so many ways to give, participation is a breeze! together we can make sure that this #griffinsgiveday is the most successful yet!
How will you be giving next week? Leave a comment, and be sure to hashtag your giving activities, and tag us! Give what you can, and most importantly be kind to yourself and everyone you run into.