Category Archives: Social Justice

Ursuline College student Nancy Wilson receives top social work award

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Ursuline College is proud to announce that the Cleveland Region (III) of the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers named Ursuline College student, Nancy Wilson, the recipient of the 2014 Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Student of the Year Award. Wilson, a Brantenahl resident, is currently a senior social work major. She received the award in March at the 4th Annual Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare.

In addition to completing her social work degree this May, Wilson has earned certification as a chemical dependency counselor assistant and paralegal. She is currently employed at Murtis Taylor in the correctional advocacy and re-entry support program, facilitating dual diagnosis support groups, providing case management services, behavioral health and alcohol/drug screening and community support and advocacy for agency clients. She is also an active member of the College community, currently serving as president of Ursuline’s Social Work Organization.

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Advocate: Women Watch 2014

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Maggie Stark is the Founding President of the Sr. Dorothy Kazel Club for Systemic Change

Today a little over 25 students, faculty, staff and Ursuline Sisters gathered to recognize the 51 women and children murdered in Cuyahoga County since last year’s event.

As we walked the half-mile loop of red silhouettes, I noticed that the figure I was holding had the name of a 22 year old girl. Being only one year older than her, I couldn’t possibly imagine leaving this world so soon, so tragically.

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Women Watch: remembering women and children, victims of violent crimes

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The Ursuline College community will gather at 2:30 PM Monday, Mar 31 for Women Watch, an annual tribute to the women and children in Cuyahoga County who have died violently during the past year, and Sr. Joanne Marie Mascha who was murdered in a wooded area on campus by a mentally ill neighbor in 1995. Women Watch is hosted annually by the student-run Sr. Dorothy Kazel Club and Student Art Organization.

“We walk to remember those who have died violent deaths but also to remember to be nonviolent,” Ursuline Art Department professor Sr. Diane Therese Pinchot, O.S.U., M.F.A., said.

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Art Therapy and Counseling in Ecuador: adios amigos!

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Friday (March 14) was our last day working at ISPED Manuela Canizares elementary school in Quito, Ecuador. The day began with a special show performed by the children to thank us for working with them – and to say goodbye. The children dressed in animal costumes and sang simple songs in English on our behalf – mice, monkeys, tigers and cats lined the stage. There wasn’t a dry eye among us; we were so touched by the thoughtful gesture and the adorable kids.

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Art Therapy and Counseling in Ecuador: learning through service

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We were all excited to work again (March 13) with the children at ISPED Manuela Canizares elementary school in Quito. Today’s groups consisted of fourth, fifth and sixth grade students, as well as one group of cute four-year-olds! Our group is really hitting its stride now. Our Spanish is improving and the children all know us by name. The children are very creative and so sweet. We are starting to feel sad to leave have to leave in two days.

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Art Therapy and Counseling in Ecuador: working with street children, dealing with altitude sickness

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We woke up bright and early today (March 11) to journey to the school we are working at to began our work with the children. First, second and third graders were on today’s agenda. We played games and engaged them in projects such as making animal masks, crowns and a paper fish tank.

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Celebrate Women’s History Month with International Women’s Panel March 31

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The College is hosting a panel discussion titled “Transnational Perspectives on Women’s Rights as Human Rights” at 6 PM March 31 in the Mullen Little Theater, 2550 Lander Road, Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124. The discussion is free and open to the public and will be followed by a dessert reception.

“The theme for Women’s History Month 2014 is Women of Courage, Character and Commitment. Ursuline College, through its women-focused identity and mission, seeks to educate and encourage such women and prepare them to participate bravely and passionately in a global society,” Mary Frances Pipino, Ph.D., Director of Ursuline College’s Ursuline Studies Program, said.

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Ursuline College & H.E.L.P. Malawi: the journey begins

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By Tiffany Mushrush Mentzer, Director of Alumnae Relations and Development Specialist 

Today (March 9) we leave to begin our journey to Malawi. As I sit in the airport waiting for everyone to arrive for check-in, I think about my first time beginning this adventure. I had so many feelings & thoughts going through my head about the place I was headed to. I am sure Ursuline College students Maggie Stark, Molly Sabolsky, Taylor Bruno and Rhianna McChesney have a million thoughts racing through their heads. I know I was nervous, but extremely excited for everything I was about to encounter.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day 2014

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International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. Take time today to remember the progress and sacrifices women have made, and still make everyday, to better the world. Don’t forget to also celebrate, admire and show gratitude to influential women in your own life.

Below are some of the Ursuline Marketing Department’s favorite quotes about women, social justice, education and empowerment. Today, please share your favorite quotes about women, empowerment, education and the like on social media using the hashtag #WomensDay2014.

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Fat Talk

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By Avery Friedman, CNN Legal Analyst and Ursuline College Distinguished Visiting Professor in Constitutional Law

In 1920 women were given the right to vote.

In 1963 women were entitled by law to be paid in the same way men are paid.

In 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor became the first female justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

In 2007 Nancy Pelosi became the first female Speaker of the House.

Job and professional opportunities have never been greater. So why is it that – - after all this – - – 54% of women would rather be hit by a truck than be fat? (You read that right.)

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