Recaps of meetups, enrichment activities, and other events

FI UWFF Presents: Hip-Hop Pedagogy (Re-cap)

On Thursday, February 14, 2019, the Futures Initiative hosted yet another captivating event: Hip-Hop Pedagogy that is part of The University Worth Fighting For, a series of workshops that tie student-centered, engaged pedagogical practices to institutional change, race, equality, gender, and social justice. The cypher began with me Lauren Melendez (Director of The Undergraduate Leadership Program and Administrative Specialist, The Futures Initiative), sharing opening remarks and introducing my colleague that

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Hiphop Saved Lupe Fiasco’s and My Life: Hiphop Pedagogy Event Recap

His man called said, “your time might be now// They played your freestyle over ‘Wipe Me Down’// They played it two times said it might be crowned// As the best thing out the H-Town in a while”// He picked up his son with a great big smile// Rapped every single word to the newborn child// Then he put him down and went back to the kitchen// And put on another

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Hip-Hop Pedagogy Re-cap

On Valentine’s Day, I alongside two of my peers (Kia and Steven) and of course, Lauren and Kashema took part in an event that is slowly but surely breaking barriers in modern day education. Discussing Hip Hop Pedagogy. When I received the email asking if I would take part, I confirmed without hesitation. No box of chocolates were going to get in my way of my small, but significant part

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From Highbridge to the United Kingdom: Steven Joins Future Leaders Connect

In 2016 I authored a blog post on the Prison Writes platform titled Life is a Rollercoaster: Stick Around for the Whole Ride. While my words in that blog are quite profound, I must admit I am even taken aback by the power of them. If you were to tell me that I’d be released from prison in August of 2014 and four years later I’d be selected as a

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Happiness: Where did it go?

I want to discuss about one of the most important issues in our society: Depression. What is it? I googled the word depression and this what I found. Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities

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The Human Alliances

So the day of the event, I was trying to choose which one to attend. I didn’t notice till last week that they would be hosting multiple workshops in different rooms throughout the day. I misplaced my sheet but I was headed to E-129 and noticed it was jam packed. So i ended up meeting Lauren  other fellows and we went to a closer, more emptier room. I didn’t know

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About Last Month’s Conference…

Being a panel participant in the Multilingualism in Higher Education session at the Community College and the Future of the Humanities conference last month was empowering and eye-opening in a myriad of ways. Sujung, my co-panelist, discussed the hardships that Korean international students face in a community college environment. She revealed that some of these students feel ashamed to speak English because their way of speaking deviates from the “right”

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Community College and the Future of the Humanities Conference

I recently attended the Humanities Alliance Conference at LaGuardia Community College and felt so many emotions throughout the day. I was moved, inspired, and everything in between! Although nothing could beat the experience of actually being there, I hope I can convey a little bit of that here. First of all, from the moment I arrived and over the course of the sessions I attended, I was so touched by

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CC & the Future of the Humanities Conference Re-cap

Attending this conference exceeded my expectations. Not only did I learn so much from the different sessions, but I learned from the experience itself on the importance of simply listening. My first session consisted of discussing articulation between two-year and four-year colleges. I was glad I attended this session because I learned more about the transfer process. The session consisted of discussing how articulation works and how it can be

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“Difficult Text” Humanities Alliance Conference

I had the pleasure of attending the Humanity Alliance conference for two days. It was amazing experience, where I got to meet other people from different parts of the states. In those two days the workshop session that stood out to me the most was “Difficult Text”. It was a workshop in which different proffesors got to share thier strategies for reading hard text. I decided to come to this

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