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‘Pathways to Success’: One intervention working to tackle education inequality

By radioactive | August 17th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Education inequality is something we hear about at every level of our education system and in every corner of the country, and it is deeply related to social, historical, and economic structural injustices that differentially impact students of colour, and students from low income communities. Communities around the country are working to tackle this issue in their own unique ways from grassroots development to advocating for sweeping policy change and ‘education reform’. One example of a local intervention  located in the Chicago area is called ‘Pathways to Success’ and it targets the issue of differential access to post secondary education. Ray Legler of National Louis University and his community partner Angelique Harris, a mother at a local high school, joined on air to share with us their work in the Chicago area to make sure that all students who wish to attend post secondary school are ready and able. Want to learn more? Have a listen to this weeks podcast.

Listen here: ‘Pathways to Success’: One intervention working to tackle education inequality by Mixcloud

Bringing the National conversation home: Talking about racism in our everyday lives

By radioactive | August 13th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Shelley Rowley from Emporia State University and Ashlee Lien from SUNY College at Old Westbury joined us on air to engage in a conversation on how we can think about, question and dialogue about topics such as racism and privilege with the people in our own lives. We all have experienced difficult conversations that have gone well, and times where they have bred complicity, anger and distrust. Shelley and Ashlee brought their experiences as professors teaching issues of race and inequality and shared with us what they have learned about engaging in these conversations with different groups of people. Interested in hearing more? Have a listen!

Listen here: Bringing the National conversation home: Talking about racism in our everyday lives by Mixcloud

RadioActive – Miami Thrives: Building collective power for social change

By radioactive | June 1st, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

These days innovation, ‘evidence’, and pressures to make sustainable change overnight can trump long term visioning, relationship building and the power of collective impact. One local coalition, Miami Thrives, is trying to change this by building power through coalition building and development for social change right here in Miami. Miami Thrives is a group of 6 local place based coalitions who are working and learning together to identify barriers to coalition building with the hopes of removing these barriers in order to soar to new heights in our local neighborhoods and broader community. Leaders form the Miami Thrives coalition joined on air to engage us in the challenges and possibilities of this great work.

Listen here: Miami Thrives: Building collective power for social change by Mixcloud

RadioActive – Breaking out of our bubble: crossing the university/community divide

By radioactive | June 1st, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

This time we had UM Human and Social Development students join us on air talking about their experiences in the Miami community. University students and local community have a long history of working together for the creation of a more just community. Whether this be through community service learning, activism, partnership building or mutual learning spaces. A group of Human and Social Development undergrads engaged us in a discussion on their experiences here in Miami and the learnings that have come from doing community engaged work.

Listen here: Breaking out of our bubble: crossing the university/community divide by Mixcloud

 

 

RadioActive – Human Trafficking: Adding Complexity to our Understanding and Action

By radioactive | April 27th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

This week Lauren Gutman joined us on air to discuss human trafficking (which includes labour trafficking, sex trafficking, and much more) in order to complicate what is traditionally a narrow narrative on what trafficking looks like. We heard from Lauren on: What is human trafficking? Who does it effect most? What can we do to address these issues in our local communities? What is the difference between sex work and sex trafficking? How can we shift the narrative from victim blaming to structural implications? Although we know we don’t have the full answers to these massive questions, we enjoyed getting into the conversation with all of you. This podcast is a preface for more to come – including this coming Friday the Melissa Institute is putting on a conference in partnership with the School of Education and Human Development on Human Trafficking. Learn more about the conference here!

Listen here: Human Trafficking: Adding Complexity to our Understanding and Action by Mixcloud

Social Justice, community development, networks for change: Local work for our local community

By radioactive | April 20th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

This Sunday on RadioActive I was joined by two Miami social change rockstars, Santiago Bunce and Camilo Mejia of Catalyst Miami, to discuss community development, social justice and the power of networks. We heard their incredible journeys to becoming activists and community organizers in Miami and beyond. We heard both theory of communities of practice and community networks along with two local case examples (Miami Thrives and the Social Justice Table) both working towards moving the needle on social justice issues in our community.

Listen here: Social Justice, community development and the power of networks by Mixcloud

RadioActive – Navigating the intersections of our complex social issues – thoughts from UM students

By radioactive | April 13th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

One of the most difficult issues we face today is in understanding how the many social issues ravaging our communities are complexly interconnected. It’s like a thread that runs through our social world, if you tug on it in one space, it inadvertently impacts another. UM students engage in two separate conversations in this episode on figuring out how we connect and understand incredibly complex issues from food deserts, to the criminalization of substances and people. We do not claim to be the experts on any or all things, but wanted to jump into the conversation on the many issues impacting Miami and beyond. If you want to continue the conversation please email radioactive@wvum.org.

RadioActive – Navigating the intersections of our complex social issues – thoughts from UM students by Mixcloud

Zebra fish, autism and bringing science to the community: The power of interdisciplinary scholarship

By radioactive | April 6th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

This Sunday on RadioActive we took an interesting turn! This time around on RadioActive we heard from Julia Dallman from the Biology Department and Jim Virga from the Communications School discuss their unlikely partnership and collaboration in teaching, and their work towards bringing scientific knowledge to the community. A story filled with zebra fish, autism and the development of interdisciplinary learning environments for University of Miami students it was an interesting and unique evening!

Zebra fish, autism and bringing science to the community: The power of interdisciplinary scholarship by Mixcloud

Migration, acculturation and traumatic stress: A dialogue on refugees and culture

By radioactive | March 30th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

 

This Sunday, we were joined on air by Dr. Dina Birman, the director of the PhD program in Community Well-Being at the University of Miami, and a long time advocate and Community Psychology researcher on issues of acculturation and traumatic stress for refugees. Dina took us through her understandings of culture, acculturation, who is considered a refugee in different contexts, the difference between refugees and immigrant populations, the resettlement process of refugees in America, and some of the main issues faced by refugees including traumatic stress. According to Dina, EVERYTHING is cultural, and she engaged us in an exciting dialogue about what this means and how we can and should learn more about the narratives, needs and strengths of refugee populations in our communities. A jam packed hour full of great information and resources to learn more.

Migration, acculturation and traumatic stress: A dialogue on refugees and culture by Mixcloud

Structural Racism: Shifting our lens from “bad apples” to complicity in oppressive structures

By radioactive | March 17th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

In this podcast I bring you one of my most influential professors from my undergrad years: Dr Ken Montgomery. When I was his student, he continuously, and systematically challenged my understanding of the world right to my very core. On this week’s episode of RadioActive my hope was to do the same for the WVUM community. Dr. Montgomery engaged us in a dialogue about structural racism: what it is, how we are complicit in it, and what we as students and community members can do to push back. He shared with us, that by shifting our understanding of racism to the structural implications, that there is hope; A much needed hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenge.

 

Structural Racism: Shifting our lens from “bad apples” to complicity in oppressive structures by Mixcloud