Volume VII, Issue II (April 2018)

Realizing the “Beloved Community”

Inspired by the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., UMass Dartmouth students, local high school students, and area youth united for a weekend of leadership training and celebration on January 13th-15th. The MLK Youth Civic Leadership Institute, hosted by the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement, educated participants about the civil rights movement while the “Beloved Community” Art-In provided a creative environment that nurtured discussions of inclusion and equality within the local community.

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Learning in the Wilderness

This spring break, eight UMass Dartmouth students embarked on a journey to Jalova, Costa Rica to participate in an alternative spring break in partnership with volunteer organization Global Vision International (GVI). Students Stephanie Anastasi, Cheyanne Patterson, Melinda Robinson, Jennifer Trowbridge, and Binh Truong; alumni Samantha Viera and Tyler Vincent; and chaperone AmeriCorps Member Medora LaPlante spent the week fully immersed in the Costa Rican culture while volunteering at Tortuguero National Park (TNP).

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Giving Time to a Worthy Cause

On January 6-13, 2018 a group of students from UMass Dartmouth traveled to Panajachel, Guatemala with the nonprofit organization Worthy Village, whose mission is to build pathways out of poverty for women and children in Guatemala by providing economic opportunity, healthcare, and education.

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Building Community through Demolition

This past spring break, the UMass Dartmouth Habitat for Humanity chapter helped the Greene County Habitat for Humanity in Waynesburg, PA. The group consisted of eight students who worked on two houses – both demolition projects. Our accommodations were amazing! We stayed at Cornerstone Ministry located in Jefferson, PA. Cornerstone is a Christian summer camp which was originally a coal mine facility. They provided bedding, full baths, a full gymnasium, and an industrial kitchen where we made most of our meals.

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Knowing Our Place

Eight UMass Dartmouth students participated in the “Think Globally, Act Locally” spring alternative break from March 14-17. The theme this year revolved around three focus areas – environmental justice, environmental racism, and food justice. Each day the students participated in workshops and service activities ranging from trail clearing on campus to shoreline clean-ups with community organizations. Overall, the group enjoyed giving back not only to the UMass Dartmouth community, but our surrounding community as well.

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Gaining Confidence through Experience

There was eight junior nursing students, two senior nursing students, four UMass Dartmouth professors, three nurses from the community, a physician assistant, a physician, and two junior nursing students from Texas Christian University who traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti from March 8-10 for alternative break. We saw over 160 children for their annual well child visit and gave out toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap for the entire family, as well as a month supply of multi-vitamins to each child.

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