Advocacy & Human Rights

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Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival

In the spring of 2013, the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary season. Designed as an annual semester-long series of film offerings for students, faculty, and the interested public, the MMFF presents the best of new fiction, documentary and experimental filmmaking by international filmmakers.

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Media Literacy

“Media Literacy” is a course with civic engagement opportunities for its students. Acknowledging that young people should be able to access, analyze, understand and produce various forms of communication, the course provides an overview of the principles and practices connected with work in American and global media literacy application within primary and secondary schools and community work. Civic engagement opportunities for this course include educational facilitation at nearby Amherst Cinema and curriculum development for local and national media literacy organizations.

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Men of Color Health Awareness

MOCHA is an innovative health movement in Springfield, Massachusetts which seeks to reduce severe health disparities in the city by creating health-conscious norms and diffusing them through men of color’s personal and social networks.

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National Center for Digital Government

The National Center for Digital Government is a research, teaching and outreach center of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and administratively based at CPPA. It was established with support from the National Science Foundation. NCDG builds global research capacity, advances practice, and strengthens the local, national and global network of researchers and practitioners engaged in building and using technology in government.

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New England Learning Center for Women in Transition

Valley Women's History Collaborative (VWHC) is working with NELCWIT to train students to collect the history of the founders of the New England Center for Women in Transition. The resulting oral histories are then made available to the organization for development purposes, fundraising or record keeping. The resulting oral histories, once collected and approved, are also made available through the VWHC records to the general public.

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New Worlds of Adoption conference 2015, "Launching into Adulthood"

Launching into adulthood can be difficult for any youth but for those who are adopted, it can be an extra challenging time. The Rudd Adoption Research Program is hosting its 7th annual conference: "New Worlds of Adoption: Launching into Adulthood. Dr. Ann Masten from the University of Minnesota will speak on research she has done on resilience in development with a focus on transitions to adulthood. Dr. Masten will be joined by three adult adoptees who are now in significant professional positions serving the adoption community.

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Northern Alaska Wellness Initiative

The collaborative engages tribal, educational, juvenile justice, clergy, behavioral health and youth program representatives from two regions and representing over twenty-six tribes to assess the developing and evaluating behavioral health services and programming. This group formed the Northern Alaska Wellness Initiative (NAWI), which meets annually to collaboratively assess and implement programming within and among the Northwest and Bering Straits Regions in Alaska so that they reflect community, tribal, and participant input.

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ReGreen Springfield

Through our tree advocacy efforts, ReGreen Springfield has collaborated with businesses, community organizations, educational partners and government agencies to promote the reforestation of Springfield, improve growing conditions for trees and engage new allies in tree care and monitoring.

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Resource Economics Practicum: Food Bank of Western MA

In this service-learning class, students did work to evaluate the adequacy of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits in Western MA in cooperation with the Food Bank of Western MA. They found that the current formula used by SNAP to determine the benefits of participants needs to be updated to capture the experience of people living in Western MA—particularly to reflect food and housing costs that are higher than the national average.

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Social Thought and Political Economy Program Brown Bag Activist Lunch Series

Social Thought and Political Economy Program (STPEC) students select community activists to invite to campus to deliver public talks and community discussions. Other enrolled students attend the events, read materials produced by the activists, meet separately for discussion, and write analytical papers on the activists' work.

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