Send Silence Packing is a nationally recognized traveling exhibition of 1,100 donated backpacks, representing the number of college students lost to suicide each year. The program is designed to raise awareness about the incidence and impact of suicide, connect students to needed mental health resources, and inspire action for suicide prevention. At each exhibit of Send Silence Packing, 1,100 backpacks are displayed in a high-traffic area of campus giving a visual representation of the scope of the problem and the number of victims
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This week on RadioActive we shook it up! Normally we take this time to talk about social change and ways to challenge the dominant narratives in our society. But as all of you fine folks know, trying to change the world can be exhausting, so we spent this week talking about creative forms of self-care. Sara Green joined us from Vanderbilt University to share with us her concept of Embodied Divinity. This concept is a movement-based practice that invites participants into a space exploring the value and magic of bodies, bodies in community, and care, derived from womanist ethics. Sara discussed why it is important to understand our bodies and how to care for them in a complex and kinetic way, in order to sustain the important work of social change and avoid burn-out.
Listen here: RadioActive – Avoiding Activist burnout: Helping ourselves so we can change the world! by MixCloud
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
RadioActive – But ‘evidence based practice’ sounds so pretty! The ethical dilemmas and limitations of prevention science
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.
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.