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Here are our offerings as of March 2011
a. In 2010 the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP/AIM) piloted a Herstory’s “Dare to Care” Curriculum with 127 students from 80 different countries as part of their four-week summer institute for entering freshmen. The project included full scale training for the entire EOP staff and the use of Herstory’s new manual for younger writers. In March of 2011 the department received a grant from the Office of the President to repeat the program during the summer of 2011.
b. This model was presented to other Educational Opportunity Program and Educational Opportunity Center directors, resulting in several new college and university affiliations, detailed below.
c. Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Anniversary reading for United University Professionals
d. Archive brings government archivist from South Korea to study Herstory
- SUNY College at Old Westbury/Student Engagement and Partnership Center—doubled their Herstory workshop offerings this spring. See their catalogue copy below:
a. Writing for Immigrant Rights: Engages students in working with the “Dare to Care” Curriculum” to tell their own stories, with the goal of helping other people to walk in their shoes. Opportunities for readings on WBON, Radio Fiesta or in other public venues, accompanied by a look at legislative moves around the Dream Act and other laws that impact immigrant students’ lives and those of their families.
b. Writing for Restorative Justice and Racial Equality: In a special initiative funded by the MS Foundation for Women and Ben & Jerry’s Foundation women students who want to make a difference write about their own lives along with young women who have experienced incarceration or other brushes with the juvenile justice system. Weekly workshops take place at Mercy First in Syosset, with Old Westbury students traveling there together each week, and will lead to publication (for those who are interested) in an expanded edition of VOICES, a book of prison and prison advocacy writings that is being used to train incoming corrections officers in Suffolk County, as well as approaches to current and future decision makers.
- C.W. Post/Long Island Women’s Institute
a. “Journeys to Justice” workshop by Herstory’s founder was part of the November Honors Conference.
b. “Tales of Workplace Danger and Advocacy”— a second year-collaboration with the Women on the Job Project of the Long Island Fund for Women and Girls. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, women’s ongoing struggles to achieve fair pay, shorter working hours and safer working conditions will be echoed through memoirs in Spanish and English. A “Dare a Stranger to Care” panel, facilitated by Herstory founder Erika Duncan, will share with our audience how personal stories can be shaped into moving testimonial art.
a. We are again working with Professor Natalie Byfield, who piloted the Herstory approach and its applications with 100 students of sociology leading to a paper delivered in Sweden during the summer of 2010 at the International Sociology Conference. She will be the senior researcher for a study of the impact of Herstory’s approach on recidivism, personal efficacy and civic engagement, through John Jay College’s Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation Center.
b. A related project will be Professor Byfield’s “Marked for Life Conference” to take place in the fall of 2011 at St. John’s University.
a. Writings from St. Joseph’s sister Herstory workshop in Nicaragua will be included in the third issue of Latinas Write/Escriben, in an expanded journal format, funded by the college, to appear by the summer of 2011.
b. 3rd Annual Presentation for Criminal Justice Club along with visits to criminal justice classes.
c. Keynote reading by Herstory writer Elizabeth Heyn from The Teller in the Tale, published by Herstory in 2009, for Kristallnacht commemoration through Center for Christian/Jewish Understanding.
d. Conversations beginning about creating new workshops around Hate Crimes.
- Suffolk County Community College
a. Brentwood Campus-- A daylong workshop retreat is scheduled in June for ESL students, echoing the format piloted at Farmingdale State College.
b. Selden Campus—Presentation of formerly incarcerated writers through Criminology Club and Department, May 2011.
a. Conference for high school juniors sponsored by Adelphi Department of Education and Nassau County Commission on Human Rights--Herstory presented “Journeys to Justice” workshops for three separate groups of students and teachers.
- Farmingdale State University
a. January 2011 launched a Herstory training retreat for Educational Opportunity Center /Bridge and Educational Opportunity Program faculty and staff, as a prelude to determining ongoing programmatic needs. Starting April 1st 2011, the college will offer monthly Herstory workshops to EOC/ Bridge students and EOC students-at-large.
b. Plans underway to bring Herstory to the EOP summer institute as well.
- Queensborough Community College
a. Presentation of formerly incarcerated writers to initiate a more ongoing connection with a pool of 1000 students of criminology and to teach VOICES in selected classes, while making it available to students throughout the campus.