HSSJ 2170 Interpersonal Relationships

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HSSJ 2170 is a course on interpersonal relationships that uses a lens of social justice and critically analyzes how intersections of identity impact relationships.  Students are required to complete a 30-hour practicum at community-based agencies that serve disenfranchised community members.

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HSSJ 2170: Interpersonal Relationships - M 11:10-1:00pm, (23668)
Fall 2018
21 People | 72 Impacts | 268 Hours

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1) Lunch Session:
I really enjoyed watching the Theatre students' presentation, I had personally never seen art being used in this way to advocate for social change. I think art can be an amazing tool for expressing struggles, emotions, empathy and much more. I think these type of presentations could be really successful ways to advocate for change as the will elicit feelings of empathy within the audience, motivating them to become involved. I really appreciated how the presentation tried to exemplify all different types of immigration stories, the diversity kept it both interesting and informative.
My service has lead me to advocacy in the past, last year I served at Sandy Hook Promise, an anti-gun violence organization created by families who lost loved ones at the Sandy Hook School Shooting. This service ignited a desire in me to advocate for gun laws and I created a digital campaign with another member of my class to advocate for change.
2) Showcase Session:
I particularly enjoyed hearing presentations from students in the Intro to Human Services class as I recently took this course. It was amazing to be able to see how people chose to complete the project in different ways to people within my class last year. I learned a lot about gentrification in DC and how that is particularly impacting the seniors in DC. The senior community can often be forgotten about but many of the decisions young people today are making dramatically impact them.
3) Panel Session
I also attended the panel "What does MMIW mean?" This presentation discussed missing and murdered indigenous women. I was intrigued by this presentation as I have also been learning about the "Missing Women" in my economic development class this semester. The panel was very informative and I learned some extremely shocking statistics regarding violence against women in indigenous communities. The panel discussed cultural norms which made me contemplate cultural systems and privilege and how various people experience the world in such different ways.
Symposium Fall 2019

1) Lunch Session:
This presentation was the first of its kind that I have ever viewed. I think the arts in social change is important, especially because it can appeal to more audiences than maybe other fields. It is so important to connect with people with different interests in order to provide service, through performances like this.
2) Showcase Session:
I enjoyed so many presentations in the showcase section, but especially enjoyed the ones from the HSSJ course, program evaluation. I enjoyed the evaluation of GW programs since this is a community we are a part of and something we directly impact. The GWstar evaluation was incredibly interesting since this is so important in recruiting students and showcasing our university, but it was shocking to discover the lack of pay/compensation.

3) Panel Session:
I chose to attend the MMIW panel, "What does MMIW mean? A dialogue about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women." It was interesting to hear how the different cultural norms in these communities could impact the understanding of children/teens, especially women in these communitites. It was heartbreaking to hear the statistics of the violence against indigenous women. This really brought up the idea of identities and how privilege plays such a role in various systems at play.
Reflection on the Service Learning Symposium:
After viewing the GW Theatre students' presentation, it really opened my eyes to thinking about the different ways to engage others with social issues. Not everyone is going to be interested in reading article upon article, or watching a documentary, or watching the news, or even engaging in service. However, if people are interested in theater then it may be a great medium for communicating about social issues and engaging with a wider audience. Also, I think theater as an art form allows for a greater expression of the different complexities that come with social problems in a visual way. Also they can be acted out with different interpretations to show the many consequences one action could have. I definitely think art is an under utilized platform of advocating for different issues but it should be considered and integrated into social justice work.
I also appreciated listening to presentations from the HSSJ Fact Field Fiction class on both intergenerational relationships of service and the involvement of older, age 60+, adults in service. For me intergenerational relationships have been a very impactful part of my life and I have previous experience of serving a population of older adults by playing bingo with them. It was interesting to see what the group found to be the impact of intergenerational relationships on service and just on individuals generally. I also enjoyed listening to part of another group's presentation on the involvement of older adults in a volunteer capacity. I found it especially interesting that for many older adults the reasons why they might volunteer are also reasons why they may not volunteer. For example the reasoning of time, older adults may feel like they have a lot of free time on their hands now that they have retired so they should use it to give back, but on the other hand, they also may feel like the amount of time they have left to live is short, and question whether or not they should spend that limited time volunteering or doing something else.
Last day to Register to attend or present at the Nashman symposium is tomorrow. All faculty and students register at this link https://givepul.se/u1ghm Thank you and see you next Friday December 7th 12-3:45 at the Marvin Center!
Registration Deadline this Friday 11/30 2 Weeks ‘til Nashman Center Symposium on Community Engaged Scholarship! (And don’t forget survey completion for class pizza competition)
Thanks for all the scholarly work that you are doing in CES courses as the semester winds down it matters greatly to our community. 2 weeks remain until the symposium but registration closes for presenters and those attending the symposium this Friday. You can register or update your registration at this link https://givepul.se/uy3u0 Many timely topics this year at the symposium-Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Health Care Inequities in Wards 7 & 8, sustainability, housing scarcity, arts and the scholarship of engagement, issues east of the river, school partnerships and community service, mental health, self care, elder care, food insecurity and so much more. Don’t forget to sign up if you are attending any portion of the symposium-although we hope that you’ll join us for the free lunch and theater performance at noon and stay through the end of the day at 3:45.
If you are presenting as a group-don’t forget to have all group members register and use the same presentation title in their form.
We don’t yet have a class at 100% Survey Completion for the pizza delivery in class next week so if you haven’t filled your survey out yet make sure you do so at this link https://gwserves.givepulse.com/survey/take/G5PnWMd7yvo2ygH5ABt4 – we’ll announce the winner Friday!
We hope you are having a great semester in your Community-Engaged Scholarship course. From everyone at the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service: thank you for everything you are doing for our community! We’d like to take just 3 minutes of your time for a brief, confidential survey about your experience in this course. Collecting student feedback on these courses is important so we want to make it worth your time too: the first two courses to have 100% of the students complete the survey will have pizza delivered in class. Survey at link:
3 Weeks Until Symposium: Friday December 7th noon-4pm Marvin Center 3rd Floor
Don't forget to sign up for the Symposium the deadline is Friday November 30th! For those presenting poster or laptop presentations and for those participating on a panel please be sure to list your class and presentation title when prompted. Registration link: https://givepul.se/uy3u0.

This week we are highlighting our panelists-they are amazing. From 2:30-3:45 we've got 6 different panels discussing community engaged research, coursework and service. Topics include sustainability, finding missing and murdered Indigenous women, and issues east of the river just to name a few. The full schedule for the day is available here https://www.gwnashmancenter.org/symposium/.

Have a great break and we hope to see you at the symposium!
4 Weeks until Nashman Symposium On Community Engaged Scholarship
Last week we highlighted the theater performance from Dr. Jacobsen’s class that will take place during lunch-This week we want to highlight the showcase sessions that will happen immediately following lunch. These sessions are amazing and give students or small groups of students the chance to highlight what they’ve learned as attendees walk the galleries and grab dessert along the way. Check out the great photos from the Spring Showcase!
If your class isn’t presenting we still encourage you to attend to support your colleagues engaged in community engaged scholarship and there’s an option in the registration to choose that you are only attending and not presenting.
We have several classes and individuals that are participating-If your class is listed below then you are presenting please don’t forget to register and put your presentation title and presentation type on the registration form. Register here at the link https://www.gwnashmancenter.org/symposium/ registrations must be complete by Friday November 30th please register today!
• COMM 1041: Interpersonal Communication (Instr: Abbie Weiner)
• HSCI 2110: Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (Instr: Maranda Ward)
• HSSJ 1100: Introduction to Human Services and Social Justice (Instr: Wendy Wagner)
• HSSJ 3100W: Program Planning and Evaluation (Instr: Michelle Kelso)
• HSSJ 3152: Fact, Field, Fiction (Instr: Emily Morrison)
• HSSJ 4198: Citizen Leadership, Civic House Scholars Program (Instr: Wendy Wagner)
• SMPA 4190 Senior Capstone: Online Journalism Workshop (Instr: Imani M. Cheers)