News and Current Events
NCSA 2018 Pittsburgh
On April 7th, 2018 Dr. Anthony and Dr. Howard-Bostic presented their working paper on online teaching pedagogy titled, “Teaching Race and Racial Inequality in Online Courses.” They introduced their “Theory of Breaking Resistance” which proposes a pedagogy of teaching about race that involves synthesizing inter-ideological stances on racial integration as a way to encourage students to think deeper and more broadly about the existence and consequences of racial inequality. Brooke Sowers, a student from Dr. Anthony’s senior thesis course, also presented her research at the conference on the relationship between obesity to bullying (“The Prevalence of Bullying among Obese or Overweight Adolescents”).
Department Sponsored Events/Activities
Sept. 29/Oct. 2 Spring Mills High School & October 27/30 Martinsburg High School:
HELP BRIDGE(Partners: Berkeley County Schools/Berkeley and Jefferson County Boys and Girls Clubs) .
Chiquita Howard-Bostic will provide leadership training to 100+ local high school students as part of a diversity and leadership initiative.
October 17th, 7-9pm:
Teach-In on Human Trafficking (partner: Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce) Panel Discussion with four Breakout Sessions
Volunteers will help set everything up, hand out brochures, direct guests to proper location.
November 3rd in Washington, DC:
Students Present at Advena World International Conference . Dr. Howard-Bostic presents Keynote address about Service Learning. Nadine Stotler (undergraduate student) presents service learning research. Da’Shawn Long (undergraduate student) presents findings from study (SOCI 392: Co Op in Sociology)
NASA Robotics Lego League Tournament (Partners: NASA, Biology, and Lifelong Learners). Chiquita Howard-Bostic, Karen Rice, and Sytil Murphy partner to bring NASA tournament to Shepherds campus; students from Jefferson, Berkeley, and Morgan counties complete critical thinking, science, and robotics challenges
Agents for Social Change Project (partner: Student Affairs and Women’s Center/Shelter). Elementary schools in Berkley and Jefferson County will collect items for victims of domestic violence. Middle school youth: “Agents for social change” will come to campus to gather and package supplies with Shepherd students
Sociology and Criminology Club Activities
KIVA Donations – Sociology and Criminology Club donated $340 for international business initiatives.
Campus-wide Service Project (partner: Asbury Church) – Collect school supplies for youth in Houston.
Soup Kitchen (Partner: ISO) – Immanuel House each Monday on Buxton Avenue, Martinsburg 5:45pm. Donation: Collect hygiene kits for Christmas Giving (toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, floss, band-aids, hand sanitizer, etc.).
Donate children’s items to BeeHive
Online Fundraiser for Relay for Life – Identify individuals to donate money using the Relay for Life website.
Teach-In on Human Trafficking
A teach-in on human trafficking was held on January 25th at Shepherd University as part of a series of events which highlighted January as “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.” The teach-in was held at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education auditorium. Presentations were given by experts on a panel, which included contributions by Dr. Howard-Bostic and the Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce. Four breakout sessions were held afterward to allow participants to engage in discussions on how law enforcement, legislators, community members, and healthcare workers respond to human trafficking situations.
History Maker – Leadership Certificate. On February 16th, Howard-Bostic was recognized for her leadership in the local community at the South Middle School Black History Month Celebration in Martinsburg, WV.
The Shepherd University Department of Sociology and Geography, Department of Political Science, Department of Psychology, and Student Affairs sponsored a fundraiser for Kiva, an international nonprofit that raises money online to loan to people in communities around the world. The Kiva Campaign was a campus-wide fundraiser that took place on Thursday, April 20. The money that was raised has been loaned to entrepreneurs through Kiva to help pay for a variety of needs. Crowdfund loans go to borrowers in more than 80 countries who are often financially excluded and can’t access other fair and affordable sources of credit. Kiva borrowers work in many industries and may be farmers, artisans, students, shopkeepers, builders, or restaurant owners.
Red Flag Bystander Intervention Campaign
More than 800 small red flags dotted the front lawn of Shaw Hall on Tuesday April 8th, symbols of a university-wide effort to raise awareness about dating violence on the Shepherd University campus. The campaign was led by Chiquita D. Howard-Bostic, chair of Shepherd’s Sociology and Geography Department, Joseph W. Robbins, chair of the Political Science Department, Christopher Cobian, adjunct faculty, and Shepherd graduate, Kristin Leiter.
A faculty and student team organized the Red Flag Campaign against dating violence, which is a project of the West Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. The campaign encourages friends and other campus community members to speak up whenever they see warning signs of sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking in a friend’s relationship, according to the campaign’s website.
Social Science Day
The Social Science Day program was held April 5th. The event was hosted by the Department of Sociology and Geography in order to allow 8th grade students in Berkeley and Jefferson County Schools an opportunity to be on campus while classes are in session. Faculty and staff across the campus worked together to make the event a success. The event allowed students to sample both the academic and community life of Shepherd University.