The Center for Community Engagement sponsors several programs throughout the year to help inform the Suffolk community about social injustices and to create awareness of these issues. The hope is that people will be encouraged to act to institute change by gaining a deeper understanding of issues that others face.
Food for Thought
Food for Thought is a monthly discussion group focused on social issues. Join us for lunch and meaningful insights on current topics. These events are open to the Suffolk community; please R.S.V.P. on SUconnect.
Hunger and Homelessness
Did you know?
- 1 in 3 children in the U.S. is at risk of suffering from hunger
- In the U.S., more than 750,000 people are homeless on any given night
- More than 800 million suffer from hunger worldwide
- About 24,000 people die every day from hunger-related causes. That is one person every 3.6 seconds
- 7.3 percent of U.S. households are at risk of hunger
- Approximately 1.35 million children in the U.S. are homeless every year
Every November, the Center for Community Engagement marks Hunger and Homelessness Month with several events and initiatives. This includes a month-long food and warm clothing drive to collect items needed by local food pantries and Greater Boston area organizations that serve the hungry and homeless. Donation boxes are located in the Center and many other campus locations. Check with your Resident Assistants for details about residence hall collections.
The drive includes:
- Non‐Perishable Food: The Center for Community Engagement, Sodexo and the Office of Government & Community Affairs are participating in BostonCANshare. Food donations will be delivered to the Greater Boston Food Bank.
- Warm Clothing: Clean out your closet to help those in need by donating your clean, gently used, warm clothing for adults and children. Donations will be given to Cradles to Crayons and Dress for Success.
- Sock Drive: Local shelters have a great need for warm socks. Please help by donating new, white, adult sized socks or making a contribution toward the purchase of this much needed item. Socks will be donated to the Oasis Coalition.
In addition to the food and clothing drive, the Center organizes discussions, volunteer opportunities, and workshops.
Social Justice Training
The Center for Community Engagement's Social Justice Training introduces participants to key concepts in social justice theory, including privilege, access, advantaged and disadvantaged social groups, oppression, institutional discrimination and the cycle of socialization.
Using theory and experiential activities, the goal of the training is to support participants in beginning to examine the social programming and belief systems that they have experienced. Participants are given the opportunity to meaningfully reflect upon the material and apply it to their own lives.
The training also encourages a meaningful examination of the notion of helping people as it refers to service learning and volunteerism.
This program is jointly sponsored with the Office of Diversity Services.