Levermore Global Scholars Student Initiatives
Our students are engaged in activism in the community.
Levermore Global Scholars make strong bonds with each other through their seminars, community oriented projects and their initiatives. Levermore Global Scholars have different majors, but they share the same passion about community and volunteer work, social and cultural initiatives, and learning by doing.
Read about some of our past student initiatives and reflections on them
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- Access to Education Campaign
- On April 28, 2008, Levermore Global Scholar Mashal Hamidi taught a lesson in the LGS lounge on how education can be the answer to many of the world’s problems today. Using the materials that she had obtained from the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), a campaign led by parents, teachers, and children who believe that their governments should provide access to affordable quality education, Mashal started her own initiative at Adelphi– Access to Education Campaign.
- The initiative was developed during the GCE Global Action Week when GCE participants prepared for teaching “The World’s Biggest Lesson” on April 23. During this week, parents, teachers, politicians, journalists, children, and others around the world raised taught a lesson about providing access to education for everyone and focused on the causes and consequences of exclusion from affordable quality education. Next academic year, Mashal plans to open the campaign to the rest of Adelphi’s community and to work with other student groups to raise awareness about the importance of education and the consequences of lack thereof.
- A Message from Mashal
Education – a right or a privilege? For individuals like you and me, education is a must. I guess that makes us fortunate, right? For a young girl or boy in sub Saharan Africa, Afghanistan, Iraq, and other developing nations, on the other hand, education is a dream. It is a far away fantasy that is only talked about.
- While we may see children on television living in poverty and hunger, has it ever crossed your mind that they are suffering because of lack of access to education? Guess what? It is true! With education they would not be in the state of poverty in which we see them. Education would break the cycle of poverty.
- As a native of Afghanistan, I have a deep concern for the right to education for all. Due to war and instability, the youth in my motherland are deprived of a primary education which leads them to lack many other things in life. Instead of going to school, girls are taught how to manage the household and do chores while young boys work for the family.
- When I was a senior in high school, I was invited to an event at the United Nations for Global Campaign for Education. It was then that I met another inspiration in my life. He was an 85 year old elderly man from Kenya who was wearing a school uniform. The reason he was wearing this navy blue school uniform was simply because he was an elementary school student. Yes, an 85 year old elementary school student.
- His village recently abolished school fees, allowing him to afford to attend school. To be sure, he did not allow his age to become an obstacle for him. Indeed, he was excited about school more than any other student I have ever seen. He held my hand and said to me in his native tongue, “I am lucky to go to school. I love it.” It was then that I realized that not everyone is as privileged as we are in the United States to actually be able to attend school and college.
- Education is obviously a very important factor in life. While we may be fortunate to obtain a higher education, there are individuals who yearn for the sight of a classroom and blackboard. Primary education in many developing nations is a privilege when in fact it should be a right!
- I want to make Access to Education Campaign my initiative simply because I believe that education is the pathway to success and the solution to all the problems in the world. Furthermore, every little action that individuals take may have a great impact on the local and global communities at large. Thus, as a Levermore Global Scholar, I hope to raise awareness about the Global Campaign for Education in order to help provide affordable quality education for all.
- Written by Mashal Hamidi ’10; Edited by Yana Kusayeva
- Art Initiative: Golden Rule
- Levermore Global Scholars Clifton Demeco and Elise Maghacot painted a reproduction of Norman Rockwell’s Golden Rule, a mosaic depicted at the United Nations headquarters in New York. On the behalf of the United States, Nancy Regan presented Golden Ruleto the U.N. on its 40th anniversary in 1985. The mosaic illustrates people from various races, creeds and color and bears the inscription “Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You.” Reinforcing the belief that all human beings must be treated with dignity and respect, this work of art summarizes one of the core values held by Levermore Global Scholars. Clifton and Elise’s reproduction of Golden Rule was displayed in the Levermore Global Scholars Lounge.
- Community Computer Coverage
- The Community Computer Coverage (CCC) is a Levermore Global Scholars initiative that partners with the Life with Literacy (LWL) to achieve the following goals:
-To collect used computers
-To refurbish these computers
-Educate the community
-Distribute/donate these computers in the community
- Computer Collection
LGS will write letters to and speak with different corporate and public organizations on Long Island and in New York City, asking them to donate old, unwanted computers. LGS will explain the security procedures, the donation process and how contributing to the initiative can be considered for a tax break.
- Computer Repair
Currently, computer repair for the Life With Literacy (LWL) Internship takes place in the Dept. of Mathematics and Sciences Computer Lab in Alumnae Hall, Room 112. Matt has been working on LWL with the help of some Computer Science (CS)/Computer and Management Information Systems (CMIS) Majors. Once more computers are collected; LGS and Math Majors will work on piecing hardware and installing software.
- Community Involvement
As an intern with LWL, Matt co-teaches a weekly computer class at the Belmont Race Track. This Initiative hopes to expand LWL efforts and create classes throughout Long Island where adults with little or no computer skills can learn the basics of using computers and their applications.
- Computer Donation
Last year, LWL donated one computer to a family of a student who graduated at the top of the ten week computer class. This year, LWL and Matt expect to donate at least three computers at the end of the course. Currently, there are twelve computers, some of which are in need of refurbishing, in the classroom where LWL holds its classes. If the program were to expand, an additional set of computers, including monitors, key boards, and mice, would have to be collected.
- Points of Interest
Life With Literacy (LWL) is a small non-profit organization founded in 2004. Despite the organization’s small staff, LWL has been able to achieve many of its goals, among which is teaching a computer literacy program. LWL has donated about twenty computers and currently teaches a class at the Belmont Racetrack, Elmont, NY. The Belmont Chaplaincy operates in cooperation with Chaplaincies in approximately 200 other racetracks around the country. They work with the Racetracks grounds, horse staff, and with the community. The Belmont Chaplaincy organizes events for the community and works with the families who will receive the computers. LGS Scholar Matt Sanfilippo interned with LWL, repairing computers, coteaching a weekly computer class at the Belmont Race Track and writing bilingual computer manuals.
- Cultural Project?
- Cultural Project is the LGS Scholars’ initiative based on an Off-Broadway theater Culture Project that offers alternative theater plays that address and bring to light the very issues that presently impact our world. Through the pieces it hosts, “Culture Project sparks conversation, lifts the human heart and incites political action,” which goes hand in hand with the Levermore Global Scholars Program’s goal of initiating conversation concerning the world surrounding us, not only through academics and in the classroom but also culturally using New York City as a medium. This initiative was inspired by the Culture Project play DAI that the LGS Scholars saw in Fall 2006.
- On February 9, 2008, the Levermore Global Scholars Program brought 20 students to the Culture Project to watch “Betrayed” a highly praised play on Iraqi interpreters who help and work for the United States Intelligence in Iraq, but when targeted by their own Iraqi people as traitors they are ignored and not helped by the United States government. After the play, we went to a nearby pizza shop and had some food while talking about what we thought about the play and how its affected our thoughts on the Iraq war. What was brought up was how little we knew and how much we want to know and do. The play was excellent not only in content and actual issue, but the dialogue, the acting, and the technical production of it was also very good in that it all came together so well and engaged the audience not directly, but in thought.
In fall 2006, a group of LGS students and I decided to see Culture Project’s DAI. DAI is a one-woman play written by Iris Bahr, who also stars as the sole cast member in this captivating and moving socio-political piece. The play showcases ten characters in a Tel-Aviv cafe before a suicide bombing. It spends a mere 3 to 5 minutes per character before their imminent death, however, that time is enough for you to feel for the characters. There are prostitutes, news casters, a New York socialite, a father, children, mothers and more, yet there was always a quality brought out that made the audience relate to the characters they saw on stage.
In that short 85 to 90 minutes, the characters were real and we saw their spirit and the lives they lived and experienced every day. The play will make you cry and scream; it will push your buttons and make you think. Students who attended were on edge throughout the night, captured by Bahr’s fluidity between characters, the humor she inserts at the right times, and the seriousness of the situation in that region of the Middle East. LA weekly says, “Bahr balances pungent humor, bittersweet pathos, and a sublime charm,” while Progressive U states that it is “the most effective piece of work [they] have ever seen. Many works of art give us the emotional reaction but few are capable of the full physical reaction that Iris Bahr was able to capture with DAI.”
Being that it was the first Culture Project play for the students of the Levermore Global Scholars Program, it came at a time that encouraged LGS students to be involved in critical thought regarding the various issues in the world that surround them and beyond. For me, it would set the tone as the very events we want LGS to take part in, those that incite thought and action within individuals while supplementing LGS learning and service goals.
- Written by Donna Truong ‘10
- Eliminating Hunger Locally and Globally
- The reason I chose to create an initiative to fight hunger was because it was a way for me to tackle a global issue on a local scale. Phase one of my initiative was to have a dance on campus (Adelphi University). Admission to the dance was granted by a donation of canned or boxed food. For those who did not have nonperishable food on hand, money donations were also accepted–and greatly appreciated. At the end of this event, an entire bin was filled with donated food and we also raised $87.22 in monetary donations. All the collected items are being donated to Long Island Cares, the largest food pantry on Long Island. This way, the work and donations from my initiative were able to directly affect the needy in our own area.
- The next step is to do something on a global scale. During the holidays, I plan to sell homemade holiday cards. Depending on the amount raised, I will use the funds to buy an animal from Heifer International and choose a small town that will benefit from this–hopefully a goat because goats are very useful.
- The last phase of my initiative will be to lead a hands-on trip for those who wish to volunteer. Volunteers will have the opportunity to go fishing for blue fish in Port Jeff harbor. The captain would then fillet the fish and the catch will be taken to a local soup kitchen where we will prepare and serve the fish ourselves.
- Written by Danielle Saunders; Edited by Yoko Liriano
- Dancing Hunger Away Reflection
On October 13, the most spectacular dance event of the season occurred! Adelphi Levermore Global Scholar Danielle Saunders hosted “Adelphi Dances Hunger Away!” With catchy slogans such as “We will party so Long Islanders can eat hearty,” Saunders and other LGS students busted moves while raising money for the local non-profit hunger relief organization, Long Island Cares. A table was set up outside the entrance to the dance and next to the cafeteria as well, as event staff accosted people going to buy their dinners. Using this rather forceful recruitment method, $87.22 was raised, as well as a three foot tall bin full of food! ASTOUNDING!
The event itself, besides being a hotbed of social activism to feed the hungry, also featured such games as “Collection Protection,” an update on the classic game of twister where participants had to put left hands on soup cans and right feet on pizzas. This contortion of a social distortion tied many students into knots, but those were worked out as soon as they started to jam again to the hot tunes spun by DJ Rich from Untouchable Entertainment. DJ Rich did LGS the favor of playing for free, knowing that the benefits were intended for a great cause. His music was very much appreciated.
Written by Haroula Tsolakidis
- Fair Trade for a Free Tibet
- Fair Trade for a Free Tibet is an initiative started by Carrie Lierl, LGS freshman, in order to raise awareness about and funds for Tibetan Refugees, whose grave hardships and injustices are often overlooked by the international community. The initiative will achieve its goals by hosting events such as movies, documentaries, and guest speakers and by selling hand-made Tibetan products. All proceeds will go directly to a monastery in India run by Tibetan refugees.
- “Fair Trade for a Free Tibet” initiative screened the movie “Seven Years in Tibet,” starring Brad Pitt. The film is based of the book and the experiences of Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer in Tibet during the Second World War. The event provided an interesting and informative overview of the Tibetan conflict for those students who may have been confused about the origins and/or details of the problem. At the end of the movie, Carrie sold items from Tibet to raise funds for the initiative.
- Human Trafficking Awareness
- Liliya Veleva ‘12, spent her first semester as a freshman raising awareness about human trafficking. She hosted a movie screening in order to get others students interested in the topic and then hosted a panel discussion about human trafficking and transnational migration.
- “Human trafficking is a violation of human rights,” according to Safe Horizon, “It is the illegal trade in human beings through abduction or recruitment, by means of force, fraud, coercion or ‘sale’ for the purposes of sexual exploitation, forced labor, or debt bondage.”
- Each panelist was given the opportunity to explain the roots of the human trafficking problem and offer possible solutions as it relates to their own area of specialty. Speakers came from a wide range of backgrounds and included Jennifer Dreher, Senior Director of the Anti-Trafficking Program at Safe Horizon; Michael Raggi, Adjunct Professor and retired Special Agent for the US Department of Defense; Thomas Mulligan, Immigration Judge and Philip Baverstock, Human rights adviser with the Delegation of the European Commission to the United Nations who were both present in personal, not official, capacity; and Dr. Stephanie Lake, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at Adelphi University.
- It is estimated that 700,000 to 2 million people are being trafficked globally each year. Despite these enormous figures, it is common for trafficking victims to live and work among us without causing any suspicion or alarm.
“(Trafficking is) an extremely hidden crime; anywhere a person can work, trafficking can exist,” Dreher explained. About 14,000 to 17,000 of these people are brought into the US alone. “Its incredible how hidden this problem is,” Mulligan added.
- Most of the victims are aware that they are in a dangerous situation, but few are aware of their actual rights and the infringements upon them. “You don’t have to be a citizen to be protected by the constitution; the word ‘citizen’ is no where in the constitution.” said Lake.
- Deportation is the worst form of threat to these victims; therefore they fear the law and usually do not seek help from any higher authority. This silence results in a large number of people remaining under the control of traffickers. According to Dreher, though the Anti-Trafficking unit of Safe Horizon has been in operation since 2001, only 350 survivors of trafficking have been admitted.
- Most of this trafficking is not for sexual exploitation or prostitution, as is generally thought. In fact, over 60 percent of the clients admitted to Safe Horizon were trafficked for labor purposes.
- The Trafficking Victims Protection Act was established in 2000. Raggi explained that this act makes trafficking a U.S. federal crime. The act takes measures to prevent it and increases prosecution of traffickers and protection of victims in the United States.
- When discussing implementation of laws and protections for trafficking victims, Baverstock said that just passing this act may not be enough. “The necessary laws are not in place or are not being properly enforced,” said Baverstock.
- The incentive that drives these traffickers is always the same: money. Human beings are the third most lucrative trafficked commodity, after drugs and arms. Up to $32 billion is made as profit per year for human traffickers. Human trafficking generates more money in a year than the revenue of Google, Nike, and one other large corporation combined.
- “Anywhere there’s money, there’s an incentive to traffic,” Mulligan said, “If you want to get to the heart of the issue, you have to follow the money.”
- This path oftentimes leads across countries and even continents. This is where cooperation is lacking the most. Raggi commented that one of the most frustrating things when dealing with international investigations, as a law enforcer, is when certain countries would not allow you inside; there the trail is lost and you are at a dead end.
- There is an immense need for greater international cooperation and adoption of “a knowledge base approach,” according to Baverstock. “If society is going to fight this, (they’ll need) anything that spreads awareness or knowledge,” offered Mulligan.
- Written by Michelle Consorte ‘12
- H20:Go Blue
- As an incoming LGS freshman I was astounded by how many cultures, religions, and world issues that I had blindly ignored during my formative years. Now through LGS, I realize that there are many issues and dilemmas that can be solved by education. For instance, I was not aware of the water crisis that our planet has been experiencing. That is why I decided to start the Water Initiative named H20: Go Blue! to better educate everyone on Adelphi’s campus about the water crisis.
- As part of the initiative, I plan to raise awareness about the water crisis and participate in the Food and Water Watch’s Take Back the Tap! Campaign. Other activities and events associated with water will include attending the Water Fest held on October 12 in Battery Park and hosting a panel discussion on water issues in the spring semester.
- Written by John Campana
- Trip to Water Fest
I chose to attend this event because I am interested in the water crisis that is happening in the world. I think it is interesting that for so long people have avoided drinking tap water because they thought that it was bad for them, while all along it is really bottled water that is bad. When we arrived at Battery Park, we were warmly welcomed by volunteers working at the event (one of them was the speaker from our seminar class).
- The event took place right on the water; it was interesting to see that the location of the event paralleled what the event was about. There were tents set up, live music, and food. At one of the tents, there was free water–free TAP water that is. At the same tent, they sold reusable water bottles to encourage people to stop drinking out of the plastic disposable ones (a couple LGS members bought them). At another tent, they had a taste test set up where people tried to decide which cup they were drinking had tap water and which one had bottled water. At another tent, there was information about the Drop Summit (some LGS members signed up to receive more information about it). The program, Water Fest, was all about “Taking Back the Tap.” We all received stickers that are blue and white and say “Take Back the Tap!”
- Written by Shea Butler; Edited by Yoko Liriano
- Levermore Global Scholars Journal
- This initiative was started by Hara Stephanou as a sophomore. As part of this initiative, LGS students will publish their academic papers in The LGS Journal after submitting their works to the journal’s editorial board. The initiative is entirely student-run and has been started to not only engage its readers in global affairs, but to prompt them to become leaders within their local communities, as well. Simply put, the journal will act as the “voice” of the Levermore Global Scholars Program.
- As part of this initiative, there are four major jobs which must be filled:
– The editor in chief will be in charge of overall operations, including financial responsibilities and data storage.
– The copy editor will be responsible for grammatical correctness in the articles.
– The production/web editor will lay out pages to be put on the web in PDF format.
– The managing editor/secretary will act as the assistant to the editor-in-chief and take notes during the meetings.
- The journal will be divided into separate sections with different editors taking the leading role for each of the sections. Specific sections to be included in the journal will be: Reviews, OP ED, Academia, Interviews and Spotlights, Internships and Study Abroad, Special Features, UN/Global News
- A section editor will receive submissions in their specific topic and select the articles they would like to appear in the journal. Each editor will look over their articles not only for selection, but for any grammatical errors, as well. Then, these articles will be reviewed by the entire editorial board and agree on which articles to publish in each section. Section editors will also work closely with the production editor in selecting the layout for their sections
- Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
- An annual walk that takes place all across the country at numerous locations per state. For the past two years, the event has been an initiative led by Levermore Global Scholars junior, Rebecca Benison. The walk raises monetary support for research and resources for breast cancer patients and survivors, and raises hope for men and women everywhere who are affected by this non-discriminatory condition. This year, the Making Strides walk at Jones Beach brought together 17,000 walkers, and raised $2.5 million. These figures are an outstanding indication of the immeasurable commitment, hope, and awareness that has been raised as a result of the walk.
Written by Rebecca Benison ’11
- Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Reflection
On October 18, 2009, the Levermore Global Scholars donned their winter attire and braved the elements in support of breast cancer research. Facing harsh winds, sleet, and temperatures hovering around 40 degrees, the group joined the ranks of 17,000 others for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Jones Beach.
- Despite less than ideal weather conditions, the boardwalk was filled with survivors, supporters, and families who wanted to make a difference in the lives of women and men everywhere. The feeling of camaraderie transcended that of a group experiencing the same external stimuli, and was more a feeling of understanding for the common goal; saving lives, and memorializing those who lost their battles.
- Together, participants of the 2009 Making Strides walk at Jones Beach raised more than $2.5 million in support of research and support for those affected by breast cancer.
– Rebecca Benison ’11
- New York to New Orleans (NY2NO)
- Levermore Global Scholar Janae Cummings started an initiative called NY2NO (New York to New Orleans) as a freshman at Adelphi University. The goal of New York to New Orleans Coalition at Adelphi will be to inspire, motivate and call to action the students to be involved in creating community service initiatives related to the rebuilding of New Orleans. It is also a way to create an open dialogue regarding a matter that has been impermeable for years. This initiative is a continuation of her work with the youth-led, consensus-based organization in New York City – New York to New Orleans Coalition. Last summer, she spent three weeks in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana, doing various community service projects and closely working with the New Orleans community.
- The New York City version of New York to New Orleans began approximately three years ago by Nat Turner, who was a teacher at the Beacon School, and was organized by several of the students who attended Beacon. With the help of their fiscal sponsor IFCO, the students and Nat were able to organize several brigades throughout the years to New Orleans during the winter, spring and summer breaks. For more information about this organization, please visit: http://ny2no.org/.
- The New York to New Orleans Initiative is meant to provide Adelphi University students with the opportunity to engage in transformative service-learning focused on building radical political analysis, urban farming, community organizing, education for liberation and all struggle towards justice. Our goal is to work together on creating sustainable living circumstances in New Orleans, ultimately traveling and working at a school and urban farm in one of the most vulnerable and devastated areas of the city. Our School at Blair Grocery rests in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans and has become a beacon of youth empowerment, engagement and sustainability for the past two years. We work with Our School at Blair Grocery along with a host of students across the countries who all are organizing themselves for the same purpose: youth are teaching other youth to organize around environmental and social justice.
- Watch a video introduction to the partnering organizations NY2NO Coalition and Youth Coalition for Community Action. Catch a glimpse of this work firsthand.
- Raising Awareness about Juvenile Diabetes
- On October 5, 2008, Levermore Global Scholars participated in the walk sponsored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as part of Michelle Consorte’s initiative to raise awareness about Juvenile Diabetes. Below is Michelle’s reflection of the event.
- Attending a cultural event is one experience, but being the person who actually started it and then being able to watch it unfold is completely different and much more rewarding. Juvenile Diabetes is a disease that I am rather intimate with. Thus, rather than just sitting by, I wanted to do something that would create an impact and help to find a cure for this terrible disease.
- The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the organization that sponsored the walk, was very helpful when I told them that I wanted to form a team. JDRF also provided me with the necessary materials for my presentation about Juvenile Diabetes. I think that the presentation and the walk were simple, yet effective ways to spread the word about Juvenile Diabetes across the Adelphi campus. Both of the events did not require a huge amount of effort from any one person, but they still had a great impact. I knew that I was having an effect on people when they would see me and immediately go “Oh yeah, I have to register for your walk!” This really made me feel good about the walk and the fact that my cause was actually getting somewhere.
- The turnout for the walk was rather impressive for a first time event. We had about twenty people on the Adelphi team and raised $635 in total. According to one of the signs on the actual trail of the walk, 85% of this money goes directly to research to help discover a cure for Juvenile Diabetes. None of the other 15% will function as a profit for the JDRF, but will go to other aspects of the organization. Even if this does not seem like a lot, in the long run every little amount adds up and helps bring us one step closer to the ultimate goal – the cure.
- I am very proud of the Adelphi team, to say the least. Not only for the amount of money that was raised, but for the effort that was given by each person – getting up early on a Sunday morning to come out and walk through the mud (literally) to show support for a cause. Since Diabetes affects so many people on both national and global scales, I think the walk was something everyone enjoyed because it was a way for them to help a cause that they cared about and probably had some personal connection with. The walk, in my mind, provided an excuse for globally conscious people to get together, have fun, and put their enthusiasm to good use. It was also a very social, active and fun event with free food, T-shirts, and music. And of course, the playground, which became a meeting place as well as a focal point for team pictures.
- I would love to do this event annually. I think it was a really fun and eye-opening experience for a lot of people. Just being able to see all of the different people who deal with this disease and the various ways that they are taking action against it was extremely inspiring, at least to me.
- Written by Michelle Consorte; Edited by Yana Kusayeva
- Rock It & Wrap It Up (Rock It)
- Matthew Sanfilippo and Brittany Consigili formed the LGS Rock It and Wrap It Up in Spring of 2007 to donate unserved food to local charities. LGS Scholars felt that Rock It would fulfill one of LGS’s goals of community responsibility. In the beginning, LGS Scholars looked for on-campus events that would have unserved food left over. They worked with Lackmann to gain access to this food. Students then had to properly package it according to Rock It’s standards, and find a place to donate it, through a process called a “food run.” LGS Rock It has donated food to the Mary Brennen INN, Belmont Racetrack Chaplaincy, and My Brother’s Keeper, all non-profit organizations in the immediate area. Rock It expanded, cooperating with the Waldorf School of Garden City and collecting their unserved food on a weekly basis and donating it. With the help of many other LGS Scholars, “Rock It” established regular donors off campus.
- Stage I of Adelphi’s Rock It and Wrap It Up Program is coordinating with On-campus donors. After selecting events which would have extra unserved food left over, an ARW representatives contact the organizations running them to set up a ARW sponsored food run. Stage II of Adelphi’s Rock It and Wrap It Up Program is establishing Off campus donors. After selecting organizations which would be able to supple food, ARW representatives visit them and meet with their managers in hope of setting up a regular service.
- SQUAD (Scholars Quest to Understanding and Accepting Diversity)
- The SQUAD Initiative was started by LGS student Reaz Khan. The major goal of this undertaking is to raise awareness about global issues that are affecting our communities locally and are fueled by intolerance, bigotry and ignorance. Working in close collaboration with the vision and purpose of LGS, this initiative aims to spread awareness and erase boundaries of hate through dialogue in a number of anticipated lectures, workshops and events. It is a way to unify and promote diversity on our campus. Whether it is race, religion, sexual orientation or ethnicity- it is vital to realize that as globalized citizens, we must not only tolerate, but accept and understand what makes us different. SQUAD plans on working with a number of existing on-campus clubs, departments and organizations to achieve their mission of engaging not only members of the university, but the Long Island community at large in order to foster and move forward into a new decade of informed and proactive global citizens.
- ISLAM IN THE US: Is Islam an Evil Religion?
This event’s aim was to deconstruct the many misconceptions that surround Islam as a faith and Muslims as people. From the recently planned “Burn a Koran Day,” to the Danish cartoons and the ‘World Trade Center’ mosque disagreement-Muslims have been in the spotlight in the mainstream media a lot lately. We often equate Islam with terrorism and not extremism at large. Haroon Moghul, the director of the Maydan Institute at New York University was the lecturer that tackled this important topic and really broke everything down to the basics. An event like this was long overdue for the Adelphi campus, as it is important for students to appreciate and understand diversity because we see it everyday on our campus and in our communities. It is important that we take the time to step back and realize what’s being taught to us, whether it be directly or indirectly and confirm it to be true. A broader understanding of world faiths, including Islam, creates a sense of global awareness and can be responsible for more educated individuals on a topic that’s so blurry in our daily lives due to social and cultural influences. As human beings, we should celebrate and fully comprehend what makes us different, not use it as a means of separating and dividing us.
- Weekly Art Program
- Danielle Saunders and Clifton Demeco are excited to lead the new LGS Art Program, which was born after the LGS Operation Unity event in fall 09. Danielle and Clifton meet with other LGS students once a week to explore global issues through art. In the past, students have made face collages, playing on the themes of identity, solidarity and friendship. They have also made colorful molds, expressing their attitudes about various issues, and helped make decorations for other LGS initiatives such as NY2NO.
- Who Are You Voting For?
- LGS junior Laura Grodin organized a mock Presidential Debate for On October 22, 2008. This was a great opportunity for the Adelphi community to get to know the policies of both Barack Obama and John McCain. Barack Obama’s policies were presented by Xavier Axelrod, while John McCain’s policies were presented by Michael Duffy. Political Science Department’s Dr. Wilson served as the moderator, asking both Xavier and Michael questions concerning the economy, taxes, war, environment, and education. After the moderator’s questions, the audience was given a chance to ask their own questions based on the candidates’ policies. The mock debate was a great educational experience, as the voters were able to personally ask “candidates” questions to help them decide who would be the better president for our country.
Written by Roshini Givergis ’12
- On April 3, 2008 Levermore Global Scholars Vivian Fridas and Laura Grodin, in association with V.O.T.E.R., put on the program “Who Are You Voting For?” The program consisted of a lecture by Professor Hugh Wilson entitled “The 6 Major Issues of the 2008 Election” and a reading of Professor Levy’s speech “The Fundamental Differences Between Republicans and Democrats.” The goal of this initiative was to increase the Adelphi community’s awareness about the issues that Americans are confronted with in this election.
- After Professor Wilson’s lecture and a reading of Professor Levy’s speech, four student speakers took the floor and represented the remaining candidates in the race: Jennifer Cohen (LGS) for Barack Obama, Michael Duffy for John McCain, Victoria Lombardi for Ron Paul, and Katie Quintana for Hillary Clinton. These students gave a brief summary of what each of their candidates stand for. This served to help the audience gain clarity about the candidates’ beliefs on various social, economic, political and ethical issues. In addition, Vivian spoke about the ideological differences and tendencies of the Democratic and the Republican parties and helped the audience obtain a better understanding of the main lines of divisions on the American political scene.
- The program was held in the UC lobby in an open forum so that students could filter in and out as they pleased. Laura and Vivian also passed out flyers about the V.O.T.E.R. program and a website where college students can register to vote.
- Written by Laura Grodin ’10 and Vivian Fridas ’10.