Fusion Week!

7 Mar

Fusion is Goucher’s annual celebration of diversity and multiculturalism, where the college community is invited to reflect on issues of power and privilege, the meaning of community, and their own personal identities.

Check out some of these great events! (more…)

Imagine Seeds of Peace

6 Mar

Imagine More, Discover Seeds of Hope, and Peacebuildings will facilitate a half-day presentation about their programs and individual efforts to assist the survivors of the Haitian earthquake and the Pakistani floods. Students will lead this event, held on Friday, March 11, in the Hyman Forum of the Athenaeum from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Morgan Mitchell at 207-380-4345.

Imagine More is a Goucher student organization committed to developing a sustainable support system for the people of Haiti and Pakistan as they rebuild their nations. Discover Seeds of Hope is a Maryland-based nonprofit educational student association seeking to create global citizens through shared learning and expanded math and science literacy.Peacebuildings is an international organization working to help communities worldwide to build local gathering places to foster the human transformations necessary for peace and sustainability.

The proposed program is:

9-10 a.m. – Arrival and registration

10-10:15 a.m. – Welcome and introduction of Imagine More, Discover Seeds of Hope, and Peacebuildings

10:15-10:35 a.m. – Introduction to Imagine More and a ceremonial donation to Partners in Health of funds collected in 2010

10:35-10:55 a.m. – Introduction to Discover Seeds of Hope showing past achievements and how the nonprofit’s model can be applied to Haiti and Pakistan

10:55-11:15 a.m. – Introduction to Peacebuildings showing the reciprocal frame design and the organization’s building process

11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Feedback and Q&A from the audience

12 p.m. – Opportunity for informal exchanges.

For more information, please see:

www.peacebuildings.org

www.discoverseedsofhope.org

http://blogs.goucher.edu/imaginemore/

Haitian Student Panel!

2 Mar

Two Haitians on the Crisis in Their Country

5 Apr

Goucher College’s Roxana Cannon Arsht Center for Ethics and Leadership is presenting “Two Haitians on the Crisis in Their Country,” featuring readings by Edwidge Danticat and musical performances by Manno Charlemagne, on Thursday, April 8, at 8 p.m. in the Hyman Forum of the Athenaeum.

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved by calling 410-337-6333 or boxoffice@goucher.edu.

The evening’s program will interweave texts and song. Danticat will read from her works, as well as from samples written by other Haitians following the devastating earthquake, and Charlemagne will perform his politically charged folk music.  You can listen to a sample of his music below:

 

 

There will also be a question-and-answer session about Haiti, the resiliency of the Haitian people, and the effects of the latest crisis to strike this impoverished nation.

Smoothies for Haiti

3 Mar

Smoothies for Haiti

We have collaborated with the wonderful Norman from Bon Appétit (our food services company) to launch a series of fundraising initiatives. The first of these is a smoothie we have created, and named after Imagine More. The smoothies are sold in Alice’s Restaurant in the Athenaeum and $1 from every smoothie purchased will be donated to Imagine More. The smoothie has a tropical flare that we hope the campus will love.

At Your Service Auction

25 Feb

Our first major event was an “At Your Service Auction” that was held on February 25th in the Pearlstone Atrium. The service auction was designed to utilize Goucher’s talent and creativity, featuring the many abilities and strengths of our eclectic community. We collected a large number of pledges and items from students, faculty, staff, and local vendors. Attendees bid via silent and traditional live auction.

Services included:

  • A date with President Sandy Ungar
  • Cooking lessons with the executive chef of Bon Appétit Bill Griffin
  • Dinner and movies at several faculty members’ homes
  • Knitting lessons
  • A scrapbooking party
  • Personal training sessions
  • Swim lessons

Items donated included:

  • Gift certificates to local restaurants
  • Trader Joe’s gift baskets
  • A 2-night stay at a Sheraton hotel
  • The #1 room draw number

800 Dollars in Two Weeks!

15 Feb

Green Haiti Awareness Ribbons

We are starting to see the results of our work. At the first of our weekly meetings, over 40 students gathered into one room to help assemble over 300 green awareness ribbons. By tabling at events such as club rush, a Red Cross blood drive, and the Senior basketball game, we have raised over $800 in two short weeks. We hope to continue this effort at all of our events as it garners further support for our cause. It is an incredible feeling to walk down Van Meter Highway and notice our green ribbons.

How Imagine More Was Founded

1 Feb

Academic institutions such as Goucher are ideally poised to establish sustainable and socially productive relationships with Haitians in the local community and abroad. Last summer David Adams, a Goucher senior, spent a month in Haiti and met daily with college students from Port-au-Prince. All of the students expressed the same desire: to be connected, to have access, to engage. “They want to learn at all costs” he said, “because they know the value of an education. And proximity is essential in equalization. Determining the possible spaces in which long-term relationships may grow is lengthy and difficult, especially in the aftermath of the earthquake.” The time for developing mutually beneficial relationships is now.

Over winter break, shortly after the earthquake, we expressed concern to President Sandy Ungar and Vice President for Government and Community Relations Wendy Litzke about the devastation in Haiti, and we inquired about how Goucher could help. After meeting with the administration, it became clear that an efficient, collaborative and completely inclusive framework needed to be established in order to involve the Goucher community in Haiti relief efforts. When we got back to Goucher, we decided that it was necessary to continue meeting with the administration to share our ideas.

Following a countless number of meetings with faculty, staff, students and community members, we established Imagine More. We are a student-run ad-hoc committee at Goucher College, with the following mission statement: Imagine More is committed to the development of a sustainable support system for the people of Haiti as they work to rebuild their Nation economically, culturally, socially and emotionally. All of the funds raised will go to the non-profit organization Partners in Health. This organization has been doing phenomenal work in Haiti and other developing nations for over thirty years.