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N4P’: Transplant Foundation

By Alyssa Zirkman | November 1st, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Transplant Foundation is dedicated to assisting patients both during the pre-operative stages and the rehabilitative period, providing financial assistance to cover urgent needs such as transportation, medications, temporary housing at the transplant center and so much more.

Unquestionably, the number of successful transplants is limited by the critical shortage of donors. Transplant Foundation supports ongoing donor education programs to educate the Florida community and encourage organ donation and discussion within families. Transplant Foundation utilizes its Mentor Program, Community Outreach efforts and Education Forums as tools to educate transplant patients and the community about organ donation and transplantation.

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RadioActive – “Why Are So Many Minority Students in Special Education?”

By radioactive | October 29th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

This past Sunday, Dr. Beth Harry, professor and Chair of the Teaching and Learning Department in the School of Education and Human Development, joined us on air to explore issues of the disproportionality of minority students in Special Education. Taking us through her own in depth, ethnographic research, she wove a stark narrative for minority children and their relationship to Special Education. We dove into the issues and implications of these outcomes and took a storytelling journey through disproportionality in our education system and how other systems intersect to perpetuate inequality in our communities and society.

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N4P:Veterans Day Special Featuring Navy Lt. Louis Sanchez

By Alyssa Zirkman | October 25th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

For Veterans Day, we want to honor and thank all who serve and have served in the United States Armed Forces. One of the many service members is Navy Lt. Louis Sanchez, a true hometown hero serving his country, he is a 1989 Miami Killian Senior High School graduate and for the past 5 years, has served as a clinical social worker in the Navy. He is deployed right now on the USS Bataan, the flagship of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group. The deployment is part of a regular rotation of forces to support maritime security operations, provide crisis response capability, increase theater security cooperation and forward naval presence in the U.S Navy’s 5th and 6th Fleet area of responsibility. As the only clinical social worker serving in the BATARG, Sanchez supports more than 4,200 Sailors and Marines.

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RadioActive: Building Community: Admit it…We are just better together

By radioactive | October 20th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Community….that warm and fuzzy place where we feel like we belong, sing kumbaya and live happily ever after…right? But what is Community? What makes up our sense of community? Why is this something that may be worth focusing some intentional energy towards? Joining me to talk about some of our own work in building community, this past Sunday, was a fellow PhD student Candalyn Rade from North Carolina State University. We dug into the construct of “Community” with some theoretical ways of thinking about the strengths and risks of building our own communities. We shared some of our learning from one of our projects aimed at building up the community within the South East Region of our national organization for Community Psychology (the Society for Community Research and Action, SCRA). We then discussed how our learning might be useful in campus and neighbourhood life as we think about the diverse communities we all find ourselves in.

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‘Not For Profit’: Loving Homes For Children

By Alyssa Zirkman | October 18th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, a child is abused somewhere in the United States every ten seconds. Christian Homes For Children has rescued more than 1100 of these children over the years.

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N4P: Preserving The History of Coral Gables

By Alyssa Zirkman | October 9th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

The Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables (HPACG), is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1991. HPACG promotes the understanding of the importance of historic resources and their preservation and supports an environment in which its members and all community citizens can understand, appreciate, exchange information and live with Coral Gables history. The President of the Association, Dr. Karelia Martinez Carbonell, speaks with Shelly Lynn about the different volunteer opportunities available to the community.

‘Not For Profit’: Preserving The History of Coral Gables by Wvumnews on Mixcloud

RadioActive – But ‘evidence based practice’ sounds so pretty! The ethical dilemmas and limitations of prevention science

By radioactive | October 7th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Joining us on air this past Sunday was Dr. Scot Evans, faculty member extraordinaire in the School of Education and Human Development. Dr. Evans shared with us his critique and thoughts on the limitations and ethical dilemmas of what we call ‘prevention science’: the application of science to preventing human suffering. As a critical researcher Dr. Evans helped clarify why (and when) it can in fact be harmful to apply ‘evidence-based programs’ that emerge from Prevention Science to communities that are not made to adapt to a communities needs and/or relevant to the local context or aimed at the root causes of the human suffering we are working to address.

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N4P: Aging Out Of Foster Care In America

By Alyssa Zirkman | October 4th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

To fully understand why the Independent Living programs were created, and ensure that they are implemented to best fulfill their purpose, it is necessary to think about how children are normally raised by their own families. Parents are responsible for ensuring their children are trained in the family’s values and receive discipline to inculcate those values. Parents also help with their children’s formal education. We don’t often think about the day-to-day, common-sense information that parents also impart to their children. And until the “Road to Independence Act” was passed in Florida, children’s advocates did not focus much, if at all, on ensuring that foster children somehow learned this day-to-day information. Clearly, ensuring that foster children receive an appropriate formal education and health care services, and that they live in an appropriate foster home, can itself be a full-time endeavor.

The statistics, however, indicate just how important it is that foster children also learn all those things that parents typically impart to their children on an informal, daily basis. These things include: budgeting and money management, including how to write a check, and how using credit cards can increase the cost of purchases; menu planning, shopping and cooking; completing forms and applications; knowledge about paying taxes and timely filing tax returns; dressing appropriately for job interviews; and on and on. Those children fortunate enough to live in a family foster home, and to be stable in that foster home, can learn these things. But foster children who are moved frequently, or who live in group homes where these tasks are not modeled, simply do not learn these things. And when these foster children graduate from the system at age 18, they usually lose the adult supports they had; they are frequently unable to successfully perform the activities of adult daily living. Past studies have shown that approximately 50% of adults who aged out of the foster care system experienced homelessness and/or joblessness, were welfare recipients, or engaged in criminal activities for which they were imprisoned. This painted a grim portrait of life after foster care.

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RadioActive: The battle between theory & social change: How theory can misguide our good intentions

By radioactive | September 29th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Social Theory may, to many, seem irrelevant to our everyday lives, difficult to understand and downright dry. That is until you hear it from the mouth of Dr. John Murphy from the Faculty of Sociology at UM. Dr. Murphy joined us on air to explain how theory can connect to our everyday lives, and he went on to tell us how theory can impact us in how we conceptualize and act towards social change. What better way to dip our toes into the proverbial sea of social theory, then to have a theorist join us on air to push us to think about theory and its connection to the practical world in new and exciting ways. Dr. Murphy provides the necessary definitions, context and tangible on the ground examples to highlight the importance and all around awesomeness of social theory!

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RadioActive – Where did I leave that Critical consciousness…it has GOT to be around here somewhere

By radioactive | September 22nd, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Critical consciousness is someone’s ability and awareness to critique the social structures around them that oppress and lead to human suffering, while simultaneously having the awareness that we have the ability to change these oppressive structures. Our guest Susie Paterson and me, your host Natalie, took listeners through personal stories and trajectories into critical consciousness: Those moments in life that helped expose the world and its oppressive structures. Susie navigated listeners through a complex and abstract concept with great examples of how this plays out in real life, and left us all with the advice  - “go read everything”! Now that’s some advice I can get behind!


RadioActive – Where did I leave that Critical consciousness…it has GOT to be around here somewhere by MixCloud