Month: November 2022

Laura Bunyan: Husky Harvest in “UConn Today”

Check out UConn Today’s recent article “Husky Harvest Aims to Help Regional Campuses with Food Insecurity" featuring Assistant Professor in Residence, Laura Bunyan’s, work with Katharine Vartuli ’23 (CLAS) to provide food to those in need. The pop-up pantry began as a hands-on class project that came about at the suggestion of colleagues and after talking with organizers of a pantry at Norwalk Community College. Husky Harvest has since been made a permanent resource on campus with providers like Connecticut Foodshare  and the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County Inc.

 

"At UConn Stamford and the University’s three other regional campuses, the fight against food insecurity and its stigma has prompted the creation of Husky Harvest, an initiative started this fall with Connecticut Foodshare to help those Huskies most in need."

C.A.L.M. Workshop: Leadership in Nonviolent Activism

The C.A.L.M workshop was organized by five students who are all doing an Independent Study course focused on Environmental Justice Leadership (EJL).  This course requires students meet once a week with Dr. Phoebe Godfrey to discuss, plan and develop EJL practices for themselves and to share with others. Students have focused on Mental Health, Mindfulness, Non-Violent Activism, Environmental Justice and how to address these issues in a workshop format.  As part of this work, they have learned from a veteran non-violent activism trainer and from there they developed, organized, promoted and offered the C.A.L.M workshop.  Fifteen students attended on November 2nd and the five EJL students co-led the workshop, along with additional input from the non-violent activism trainer, Joanne Sheehan.  In the near future the five EJL students will offer another workshop in a Social Theory class inviting those 40 students to link social theories with ‘social practice’.  

 

CONCLUDED EVENT: C.A.L.M. workshop - leadership in nonviolent activism with accomplished activist Joanne Sheehan. November 2nd, 2022.

Fierberg Scholar Dreams of Being an Advocate for the Voiceless

Check out this article in UConn Today on Faridah Kisekka-Sessanga, a Master’ student in the UConn School of Social Work and one of two recipients of the 2022 Janet M. Fierberg Scholarship. This scholarship was endowed by I. Martin Fierberg and Janet M. Fierberg, an alumna of UConn who studied Sociology and had careers in Social Work. The Fierberg Scholarship has helped Faridah Kisekka-Sessanga cover the cost of books as well as childcare for her four children, ages 5, 9, 14, and 15.

Please join us in congratulating Faridah Kisekka-Sessanga on her incredible accomplishment!