Hunkering down and reaching out
I am writing this post from my bed, where I am hunkered down with fuzzy socks and fluffy comforters prepared to wait out the storm. The news channels are calling it Nemo, but the driving rain and whistling winds outside my windows bear no resemblance to my favorite little clownfish. The weather channel summed up the 72-hour forecast with this headline:
Needless to say, I don’t plan on leaving my bed any time soon. Oh New York–I love you, but winter really isn’t your best look.
In better news, I had the opportunity this week to attend an on-campus screening of an amazing documentary called Half the Sky. The evening I attended was actually the first of a four-part series, each focused on a different issue of violence or human rights facing women around the world. Each segment was followed by a discussion, led by an invited guest, to stimulate awareness and encourage members of the SBU community to get involved in campaigns to end crimes against women.
Even though I was only able to attend one night of the series, the experience was deeply moving and inspired me to do my part to spread the word and get involved.
If you are interested in learning more about the Half the Sky movement, I highly recommend reading the book, watching the documentary, or checking out their website here. This experience was a great reminder for me of the passion for making the world a better place that truly ignites the Stony Brook community. From the local community to the global community, you’ll find innumerable ways to get involved and give back. Here are just a few examples of the awesome things that students are doing here at Stony Brook.
Students Helping Honduras
SHH is a non-profit aimed at empowering students to make a difference in rural villages in Honduras by participating in annual capital campaigns to construct schools in Honduras. SHH also conducts service trips through out the year.
SBU Blood Drive Committee
This student run committee organizes and helps staff blood drives on campus. Volunteers are essential to the success of a blood drive – they make posters, recruit donors, and are present at the blood drives to assist donors and nurses.
Stony Brook Compliments – #SBrunsonzamir
A forum for SBU students to “spread the love!” Message us with your compliments and a photo you’d like us to use. We will anonymously share all compliments that are submitted! — please tag your friends.
The most recent product of this group has gotten a LOT of publicity: on February 1st, 2013 students at Stony Brook University surprised Zamir, an employee who works the night shift at the local Dunkin’ Donuts, with handmade cards and gifts thanking him for his service. So many students had posted anonymously about the wonderful man at DD that the community decided to let him know how much they appreciated him. Check out the video!
Find out more: Facebook
Alternative Spring Break Outreach
No plans for spring break? Spend your week helping a community in need! Organized by the Career Center, the ASBO team takes a group of students each spring to a region of the country in need of disaster relief. Previous groups have gone to New Orleans, LA because of Hurricane Katrina, Galveston, TX because of Hurricane Ike, and Atlanta, GA because of major flooding.
Global Medical Brigades
Medical Brigades at Stony Brook University is a chapter of Global Brigades, the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. GMB develops sustainable health initiatives and provides relief where there is limited access to healthcare. Every 3-4 months, student groups visit these high-need areas to provide treatment to hundreds of patients and teach public health workshops.
Find out more: Website
American Red Cross Club
This is only a small sampling of the community-service groups represented here at Stony Brook, but here’s some even better news:
The spring involvement fair is THIS COMING WEDNESDAY, February 13th in the Student Activities Center!
I’ll be there repping the UG Linguistics Club–hope to see you there!
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