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 Awareness 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, residence halls and many other campus locations.
The drive includes:
- Non‐Perishable Food: Donate non-perishable food items to support both the BostonCANshare program and the establishment of an on-campus food pantry for Suffolk students. Food Donation Guidelines [PDF]
- Clothing: Clean out your closet to help those in need by donating your clean, gently used clothing for adults and children. Donations will be given to Cradles to Crayons and New England Center for Homeless Veterans.
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.