Until this year I somehow always had a scheduling conflict when it was time for Hand in Hand. This year I will finally be able to volunteer and I cannot explain how excited I am about it. In case anyone is unfamiliar with what Hand in Hand does here is a description along with the events they have planned!
“Hand-in-Hand is an organization that hosts an annual spring carnival held at Saint Joseph’s University. Our mission is to spread awareness, increase interaction, and create unity among the Saint Joseph’s University community and individuals with physical and developmental disabilities.”
Hand in Hand is celebrating “Around the World in Forty Years” and have a ton of events leading up to the big carnival.
Even though I never got to attend the festivities of Admitted Students Day when I was a high school senior being behind the scenes as an RA proved to be just as fun. Once you’ve received your red envelope there are three major events that can help you seal the deal:
- Multicultural Admissions Program (MAP) – April 1st: MAP is both fun and educational. The purpose of the program is to show incoming students the importance of diversity and inclusion on campus. Prospective students get to spend a night in the residence halls, get familiar with some upperclassmen,
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“Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.”
– André Gide, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, 1947
I saw this quote inside a book called Reinventing Anarchy, Again. It’s an anthology that was published in 1996 that compiled writings from various anarchist thinkers.
As we all know, we had a break from classes yesterday in observance of MLK Day. This week there are lots of events and activities scheduled by the Diversity Awareness Committee to continue celebrating his legacy:
Tuesday, January 19th:
- MLK Candlelight Vigil and Dinner starting at 5:00 pm in Banquet Hall South.“Student Activism – Looking Back and Looking Forward” – Featured guest speaker, Charles H.F Davis founder of Activist Millennials and from Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He will speak about on his work,
Every year, the Center for International Programs (CIP) hosts a Thanksgiving dinner that allows International and American students to come together, mingle, and enjoy a good meal. For many of the students, this is their first American Thanksgiving dinner so they were excited not only to meet new people, but also to celebrate the holiday.
A few months ago the executive boards of the Asian Student Association (ASA), Latino Student Association (LSA), and International Student Association got together to talk about why there was no overlap of students in our general members. We all agreed that we should start working together in order to support each other’s organizations and help increase each other’s membership.
I have always been a big movie buff. I love everything about them–the creation process, the cinematography and, most importantly, watching stories come to life before your eyes.
And this year I was lucky enough to volunteer at the 24th Philadelphia Film Festival. Last year, as a freshman, I found out about the opportunity through my first semester English professor who recommended it to us. It was such an awesome experience last year that I had to do it again!
The festival ranged from October 22nd through November 1st. It featured a whole array of different films including documentaries,
Tomorrow is the beginning of Unity Week! This week is dedicated to LGBTQ identities and for that reason there will be a lot of LGBTQ centered programming. Here’s the schedule:
Sunday Nov 1
- Movie Viewing: “For the Bible Tells Me So” – Cardinal Foley Center 4pm
- A film exploring how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child. Followed by discussion with special guests from the Waldron Mercy Academy
- Moderated by Sr. Elizabeth Linehan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy
- Opening Liturgy Eucharistic Celebration – Chapel of Saint Joseph 7pm
Tuesday Nov 3
- ANNUAL SPEAK OUT!
I never want to stop going to school.
Life-long learning, to some, might sound torturous. But school is about being more than just a student. (I am not going to use the word “magis.” Sorry.) Learning is about opening your mind to new experiences, and about developing the ability to evaluate every second of every day in terms of what you can do to make the world a better place. Maybe even a safer place.
Safety has definitely been on my mind the past few days. I know I’m not alone.
Starting on Tuesday, the Latino Student Association will be hosting events all week-long for the entire student body!
If you don’t remember from my previous post about the Office of Multicultural Life, “The mission of LSA aims to preserve and promote the richness and diversity of Latino culture. Campus wide programming, collaborations (both on and off campus), and community service are used as vehicles to educate the SJU community, celebrate and explore various dimensions of culture, and develop appreciation and pride within the Hispanic community.”
In a nutshell, this organization allows Latino and Hispanic students to share and express their culture,
The Office of Multicultural Life is located in Campion Student Center room 229. The OML’s mission is to enlighten and educate the university community at large through programming that focuses on inclusion, embracing and understanding our cultural differences. The OML is housed within the Office of Mission and provides a myriad of campus programs and services that stress the importance of a) student advocacy and campus inclusivity, b) provide mentorship relationships and various levels of advising, and c) develop leadership skill sets through campus programming, workshops, and trainings. Serving also as a bridge of support for students of color, the Office of Multicultural Life is central to rooting students to the campus community.