Series challenges students to understand themselves
The “JUST TALK” series began as an idea for students to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them, and has grown into a multi-departmental collaboration recognized by the office of the Attorney General.
The Center for Multiculturalism & Civic Engagement, has developed a series of discussions on Catholic Social Justice Issues/teachings. The Center hosts monthly dialogue sessions on diversity issues and ethical decision-making.
Participants exchange opinion and experience around issues that matter, particularly those of relevance to an institution of Catholic higher education.
“Our programming offers an opportunity for students to experience a deeper understanding of themselves, of each other, and of the world and peoples around them”, said Dean Rosario Reyes, who oversees the Center for Multicuralism & Civic Engagement.
Last semester JUST TALK focused on the ever prevalent debate on Immigration. The four-part series which included film presentations, lectures, guest speakers and group discussion has received a lot of community attention.
“And after a very successful semester, I started working and sharing my ideas for this semester with a few colleagues”, said Reyes. “Now JUST TALK series is sponsored not only by our center and the Center for Catholic Studies but we had the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, as well as the Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute join us.”
This Semester JUST TALK focuses on the issue of modern-day slavery, better known as human trafficking. Though often thought to be a horror experienced in under developed countries in Africa, South America and Asia, it is a reality that is apparent everywhere.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, every country in the world is affected by trafficking.
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