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HSSJ 2171 Child and Adolescent Development

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CourseHSSJ 2171: Child and Adolescent Development - R 5:10-7:00pm, (23669)
Child and Adolescent Development (Fall 2018Traditional)
Semester:Fall 2018
CausesArts & Culture Civic Engagement Community Economic Development Education Food Insecurity, Hunger General Service Non-Profit Business Services Nutrition Older Adults Professional Development Research STEM Social Justice
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Lunch Session: Arts has a critical role in creating social change. It can allow individuals who have a passion for art to advocate on a different platform. It also allows for new and a wider audience to be reached through this platform. It is also a distinct way to bring an issue to light through creativity and imagination. My service experience tutoring incarcerated individuals has led me to advocate “Banning the Box.” Not requiring prospective college applicants to disclose their criminal history and preventing them from pursuing higher education in order to help decrease recidivism.

Showcase Session: My favorite showcase session was the video presentations SMPA 4190 Senior Capstone: Online Journalism Workshop. This presentation was very interesting to me because it talked about social change through videography. We watched several short documentaries about different issues surrounding DC that students made. Students interviewed people and put the video together. A topic I was not aware of was the racial discrimination that happens in maternity wards in which a video was able to explain in a couple of minutes.

Panel Session: I chose the session on missing and murdered indigenous women. They discusses the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women and how a fellowship winner is planning to address it. An interesting point was how they captured whales to be able to eat them. Then whale hunting became illegal so they could no longer eat whales. Their culture was slowly being taken by Western culture. Most people believed they were just killing whales for no reason and did not listen to the fact that this is their culture and how they are able to survive. In my community-engaged scholarship course I learned about the importance of listening to others. Something that can be so easily forgotten about. If others were to listen to the need to continue their culture, they would not be so quick to label.
1. Lunch Session - I was at the Symposium on Community-Engaged Scholarship on Friday and I was at the lunch session, where I saw the GW Theatre students presentation on immigration. I personally think it's really cool that they were able to incorporate such a serious social issue into an art form. I think it is important to be able to bring up these types of issues into other aspects of life and not just for people who are very interested and knowledgeable of these issues such as immigration. Having presentations like this would bring more awareness to the issue in an area where it might not be discussed as much. I think anything that is able to bring up discussion on social issues in this country are definitely needed. I personally liked being able to hear all of the different experiences that they were discussing, whether that was about their own life, or about someone that they interviewed. They made them all into first person point of views and to see the other performers perform what was being said was very well executed. I think the role of arts in social change may have the capacity to bring out more emotions depending on what type of art is being executed more than an article could and that's why I personally think that arts in social change is important.
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.
1) Lunch Session: The arts can be utilized as both a reflection of current conditions and a chance to initiate conversations/actions for social change. This performance allowed each audience member to contextualize his or her conception of immigration into the network of diverse experiences held by these students. With a sample that represented stories from many continents and time periods, we understood how immigrants have faced similar yet distinctive challenges based on time and identity (i.e. race, religion, religion, class, etc.) When we explore the similarities and differences of these experiences through art, we can develop a more nuanced understanding, spurring more passionate change-making that is staked in empathy. Much of my service experience related to legislative advocacy similarly used creative story telling to convince stakeholders about the importance of an issue.

2) Showcase Session: I had an engaging conversation after listening to "Washington, D.C. Ward 3 Crime: Reality Versus Perception." We discussed the fascinating ways that biases around race form people's perception of crime. We explored the need to build "trust" between older, white people in the neighborhood and students and officers of color, unpacking implicit biases and deconstructing long-held prejudices. However, the stigma/fear of any crime in the neighborhood, particularly among older residents, seems to be amplifying these biases and decreasing well-being.

3) Panel Session: I attended art as social action. We talked about combining artistic knowledge with clinical/human services theory to maximize the healing experience. The speakers talked about how their interdisciplinary approach allows them to create a space where they form meaningful relationships based on shared interests and specialized skills. While I am not artistically inclined, perhaps, i could reflect on what skills or passions outside of child/adolescent development theory I bring to my teaching position, leveraging them to form deeper relationships or more rich experiences with my students.
Show case: The show case which touched me the most was the one which focused on the prison pipeline. I have been learning about this in another class and it is truly my passion for my future career. The show case focused on how destructive punitive measures for children are. I've always found it extremely heart breaking how children can be sent to jail for not going to school, as a status offense which essentially keeps them out of school longer. The affects of the prison pipeline on children of color and poor families is heart breaking to hear about but also important to talk about.

Panel Session: My favorite panel was the one which focused on the lack of investigation and attention to missing and murder women of native and indigenous decent. It was heart breaking to think of the amount of women who are taken from their families without their families being given justice. It was also heart breaking to draw connections to the numerous women of color who have also gone missing or been murdered in past years.
Omarina Cabrera
Showcase Session: Which showcase presentation was your favorite and why?
The art presentation by the class of theatre students was really compelling and intriguing. I found it interesting that it incorporated stories from family members and cast members and included acting and movement as a way of telling the stories. I was really compelled the DACA story in particular. I think most times when people think of immigration they think of Latino people so it was nice to get another perspective on immigration from Jamaica and what assimilation could look like. Overall, I really enjoyed the presentation because they coined words such as "loneliness" and "family" and "division" which attribute to stories of movement and migration.

Showcase Session:
Unfortunately, I only saw a few showcases due to the fact that I was also presenting but, still this was my favorite part of the day. I really appreciated the diversity of showcases that students put together about different aspects of social justice and human services. One that I found really interesting had pertinent information and caught my attention only with the name was the Babies behind Bars presentation. The presenters were discussing the school to prison pipeline and the trajectory of adolescents and young children to jail through constant suspension, parents who were incarcerated and lack of support in schools for those in low income communities. I learned new things such as links to parents and children going to jail DUE to kids not going to school as a punishment which is not only counterintuitive but, destructive to families especially children.

Panel Session:
I attended the panel session entitled "Partnerships in Youth Development/ Education" which touched upon the GWTeach program at GW and the experiences of students and faculty alike as they try to find solutions to classroom problems that arise everyday. My favorite part was that at the end we all got to share similar and sometimes very different stories about what our experiences were in the classroom and how it has shaped our aspirations in the class.
Lunch Session: The social advocacy performance was unlike any other theatre performance I have seen before. As someone in the arts as well as social justice, I found the combination of the two very interesting. The use of dance and spoken word paved way for these individuals to tell stories and express social advocacy through their preferred art form. It would be interesting to see other interactions within the arts as well as social advocacy in order to see if the messages they create could reach a broader audience.

Showcase Session: I enjoyed the seniors presentation (3152) on their research of seniors and volunteer work. As a student in intro to HSSJ, who focused on seniors in a specific part of DC, I enjoyed learning about the work they had done in the same field. Additionally allowed me to make connections with the research I had done over the past semester.
1. Lunch Session
I agree with the theatre professor that every piece of art is embedded with a message of social change. Every form of art supports some political message. I think it was very interesting to both hear a person’s story while also seeing it visually. I think hearing both the visual and auditory message helps the audience paint a better picture the story even if they have never personally experienced it.

2. Showcase Session
My favorite showcase presentation was by a student in HSSJ 1177. His research was done to understand the relationship between Urban Green Space and Mental Health in Underprivileged Youth. He found that the amount of green space and even uneven pavement and roads that we are exposed to can help improve our mental health. I think this is very important to look at considering that we live in a city and have very little exposure to gardens, green spaces, and uneven surfaces. I think it is interesting also speaking to people who came from rural places that are used to that exposure versus people who came from cities and the different way they react to green spaces.

3. Panel Session
I attended the session about What does MMIW mean? A dialogue about Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women. I think this was a very interesting session because I had never heard of this topic before. This can be connected to our class this semester with the idea of culture. Culture plays a large aspect in many peoples lives and often other people are not aware of other cultures. I think it is very important to be educated about other people’s cultures especially if you are interested in joining a human services or counselor sector. The way that people interact and behave can be largely influenced by their culture and their surroundings.  
Lunch Session: I had never seen a performance on social justice quite like this. I have been to rallies and presentations regarding social justice issues, but they never bring art into the mix. I think combining social justice and art is a great idea. It allows the viewer to visualize the struggles others may be facing in a way that a usual political speech would not allow. I especially liked the storyline of the boy from Russia. He specified the environment he was in and his feelings in a way that allowed me to feel like I was with him in Russia while he was undergoing persecution.
Symposium Fall 2018

1) Lunch Presentation: 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 Presentation: 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: 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.