Projects

Academic Year 2017-2018

Homelessness

This project worked with Alpha Phi Omega and the senior center to educate the Gettysburg College campus on the issue of homelessness. A fundraiser was organized using tables at the College Union Building to help homeless individuals.

Peace and Justice Week

The first peace and justice week was coordinated on campus to raise awareness of the minor on campus and to promote dialogue regarding how peace can be achieved on campus and beyond. The week enabled students to engage with a variety of platforms to discuss their wishes for peace and to attend various events that made them more aware of the social injustices in our world.

Students with Learning Disabilities

This project was focused on raising awareness for students with learning disabilities and to gain more students’ support for this issue. The project consisted of meeting with the administration to ensure sustainability and create more substantial goals for improvement.

Student Accessibility Services at Gettysburg College

Through discussions with neurodivergent students and learning about disability services at other colleges, this project created a blueprint for a Student Accessibility Office to better support neurodivergent students on campus.

Sh*t Sharing

Boxes for gently used clothes and items were placed in residence halls allowing students to donate and take items they desired. This reduced waste as well as gave others free and anonymous access to those items.

Environmental Sustainability

With a goal to reduce waste and encourage more sustainable waste management, this project created a plan to order reusable containers to be used at the Bullet Hole and the Dive on campus.

Building Bridges

Through research and interviews, this project focused on the history of diversity and inclusion at Gettysburg College by highlighting the people and offices that have helped to make Gettysburg a more diverse and welcoming place.

Walkout: Gettysburg Against Gun Violence

This was an organized demonstration against gun violence and advocated for stricter gun laws through an intersectional lens. The demonstration included student speakers, a moment of silence, and a call to action.

American Minstrel Tradition

This project created an educational website which was built around the history and social implications of American minstrel tradition to critique aspects of minstrelsy and provide discussion questions for further inquiry.

Academic Year 2018-2019

The People Project

This project created opportunities for people to share their stories and to have their voices heard through a staged reading performance. The goal was to create empathy and understanding through storytelling.

Black History in Adams County

This project created a digital tool to increase access to key records pertaining to Adams County’s Black community. Specifically centered on Lincoln Cemetery and the over 225 unmarked Black graves there, this project gathered documentary evidence to identify the graves.

GRAB Kayaking

This project created a GRAB Kayaking trip that was centered around peace and justice. The goal of the trip was to facilitate conversation about diversity and inclusion on Gettysburg College’s campus.

The Impact of Students of Marginalized Identities in the Art Department

This project held a demonstration in the Schmucker Gallery to showcase the impact students of marginalized identities have by representing the art department and sharing their talent with the Gettysburg community.

Build Change

This project created a digital campaign for the NGO Build Change that entered the social feeds and inboxes of hundreds, resulting in increased donor engagement and exposure for the NGO.

Ending Plastic Straw Use

This project aimed to end plastic straw use at Commons and the Bullet Hole at Gettysburg College because of their negative effects on the environment.

Toiletry Bags for the Homeless

This project raised money through bake sales in order to make toiletry bags that were donated to the Adams County shelter for the homeless.

Panel on NATO-US Relations

This project hosted a panel of three guests and a moderator on the topic of international security alliances, with each speaker bringing a different view about how alliances might help to further the goals of peace and justice on an international level.

Political Science Research Conference

This project organized and hosted a student research conference on behalf of the national political science honorary society, Pi Sigma Alpha, where students were able to present their own research through a peace and justice lens.

The Reporting Initiative

This was an educational program focused on the process of reporting sexual misconduct with a goal of increasing reporting and promoting conversation about stigma surrounding sexual assault.

Economics, the Environment, and Colonialism

This project was a lecture and discussion about colonization in Africa, specifically focusing on trophy hunting and the environmental effects of colonization such as the depletion of African natural resources.

Sexual Assault on Campus

This project built an education program to raise awareness about scholarship concerning sexual assault and build connections between previously disconnected groups of students. The program laid the groundwork for the “Not in Our House” campaign for Greek organizations.

Advocating for Students with Learning Differences

This project focused on raising awareness for students with learning differences on campus and creating meaningful conversations among students and faculty on campus in order to gain better infrastructure to better support neurodivergent students in the future.

Educational Resources in Nepal

This project was an application to the Davis Peace Project for the summer of 2019 to provide books, computer resources, and a scholarship fund for students in the area using the project’s budget. The application was accepted, and the students were approved to work in Nepal for two months.

Children’s Art Workshop in Nepal

This project created an art workshop for kids in Nepal with an emphasis on Nepali culture. After the workshop, the art was taken to the Children’s Art Museum of Nepal where an exhibit was created so that the children could see their art on display.

Face to Face

This project was a comparative art gallery exhibit focused on the representations of indigenous cultures by American artist Andy Warhol and First Nations artist Carl Beam.

The Bandana Project

This project consisted of making bandanas for the Southern Law Poverty Center because women farm workers use bandanas as a way to hide their gender from others to prevent being sexually assaulted or harassed.

Reproductive Health Issues in Senegal

This project worked on implementation strategies against female genital mutilation as well as juvenile malnutrition within rural regions of Senegal using social network analysis.

Women’s Rights Under Attack: Fighting Back in 2018

This was an organized panel with two powerful women who volunteered to tell their moving stories about overcoming adversity and using their voice to help empower women and make a change in how our world sees feminist issues.

Immersion Project to Morocco

This project consisted of leading an Immersion Project to Morocco about Women’s Rights and Islam.

Discussion on Health Care

This project hosted a discussion regarding universal healthcare for members of the disabled community where this student interned.

Machismo and Women in Latin America

This project was through an internship with Maki y Pakariñan, a non-profit organization in Cuenca, Ecuador. The project focused on the effect women have on the community tourism and artisan industries, specifically in light of machismo which is especially prevalent in rural indigenous and mestizo communities.

Spanish-Speaking Initiatives in El Centro

This project, in coordination with the El Centro program, incorporated a Spanish-speaking emphasis for the children who take part in the program to encourage them to hold onto their roots and use Spanish in the public sphere.

Share a Shirt

This program was dedicated to gathering donated clothing for a women’s shelter that houses families fleeing from domestic violence by creating campus drop boxes for collection.

F*M*N*ST: A Musical for Social Change

This project was a thirty-minute musical focused on the struggles that some women face in the music industry. Focusing on the power men hold over women in the music industry, this project consisted of research to write and record songs that’s reflected the inequality women in music face.

Terrorism, Intervention, and Security Panel

This project consisted of multiple panels in collaboration with the Eisenhower Institute to bring scholars to campus for discussions on refugees, security, and terrorism to better educate the community on such political discourse.

He For She Discussion

This project involved helping to facilitate a discussion for HeForShe, a United Nations initiative to get men and people of all genders to stand in solidarity with women to create a united force for gender equality.

Hygiene Product Drive

This project was a donation drive for Survivors Inc. in Gettysburg to collect hygiene products and cleaning supplies. The drive encouraged students to realize how easy it was to make donations and help the community.

Gettysburg Activist Artists Circle

This project created a space that allowed writers and artists to share their experiences, creations, and ideas related to peace and justice, social progress, and activism.

Queer Shabbat

This was a planned Shabbat celebration that integrated the experience of queer Jewish individuals. It highlighted the experience of queer Jewish leaders and incorporated readings from a Queer Synagogue into the traditional Shabbat readings and experience.

Policy Letter to Mayor de Blasio

This project was a letter written to Mayor de Blasio about issues with housing in New York. A multifaceted strategy targeting affordable housing and new public housing complexes to target the housing crisis was researched and presented in the letter.

Community Conversations

This project created a club that connected high school students and college students to engage in critical conversations about controversial topics and issues of injustice to spread awareness and engage younger students in issues of justice.

Climate Change Attic Event

This project hosted an event in the Attic at Gettysburg College highlighting how climate change will affect the United States in different regions. The event consisted of informational activities, a presentation, and a game centered on understanding the impact of climate change where participants lived.

Survivors Inc. Concert

This project was a concert and informational session focused on spreading information about sexual harassment and assault in partnership with Upscale and Survivors Inc.

LGBTQ Pages on Chinese Wikipedia

This project consisted of being a volunteer editor for Wikipedia pages in Chinese focused on sexual minorities to increase access to knowledge and spread information.

Academic Year 2019-2020

Quarantine Stories

This project consisted of documenting the thoughts and impacts of quarantine on the individuals in this student’s community through socially distanced interviews.

Painted Turtle Farm

This project involved a student becoming a summer coordinator at Gettysburg College’s Painted Turtle Farm, a farm that grows vegetables to support the local community and local immigrant families to create connections with the Gettysburg community and educate about food and sustainability.

Resources for Music Education during Remote Learning

This project created a website containing resources for music education majors including topics such as project-based learning, teaching diverse learners, music education philosophy, and more to help music teachers think critically, even during remote learning.

The Brown Nipple Collective

This project co-founded The Collective to create a space for women of color to gather and converse about important issues. The goal was to bridge the gap between different groups that exist on campus and create a space for all women to be respected and supported as they continue in their Gettysburg careers.

Latinx House

This project consisted of creating a Latinx House on campus as a part of the theme housing options at Gettysburg College to create a safe space for Latinx individuals to live together and gather.

Partnership for Afterschool Education

This project consisted of serving as a summer teaching fellow through the Partnership for Afterschool Education and working with South Bronx United, a nonprofit organization that uses soccer to engage immigrant and first-generation youth in the South Bronx community.

Project Hope Mentor

This project consisted of becoming a mentor for a mentee in Project Hope, a program that connects children in the foster care system with a mentor.

The Butterfly Coalition

This project created the Butterfly Coalition, an organization that serves the immigrant community, especially those that are undocumented, both on and off campus to help create a space of hope and support.

Interfaith Social Night

This project held a social night between the Newman Association and Hillel Association with a goal of increasing communication and dialogue between various faith groups.

She Leads: A Discussion on the Intersection of Gender and Leadership

This was a workshop led through the Garthwait Leadership Center to bring awareness to a variety of stereotypes and barriers that particularly impact women in the workplace and positions of power.

Internship with Observatory Against Sexual Harassment

This project consisted of interning with the research team at the Observatory Against Sexual Harassment in Chile to generate information regarding sexual harassment and make scientific materials on this issue available to the public.

CONAPP

This project consisted of being a part of the planning committee for CONAPP, a completely undergraduate student run conference that brings in students from across North America to engage them in reflection, discussion, and praxis of pertinent issues.

Newman Association and the Gettysburg Community

This project highlighted the ways the Newman Association has connected with the greater Gettysburg community through an annual fundraiser called the simple supper and the continued efforts with the South Central Community Action Program. With this relationship, the officers of the Newman Association have stressed the understanding of why these events were occurring.

Environmental Sustainability Initiatives on Campus

This project consisted of working for the facilities office as the sustainability intern and helping with many different sustainability projects such as the Give It Up for Good Sale and the College Green Book while learning about the major environmental issues at the college.

Living in Our Community

This project consisted of leading the Monologue show that is a part of First Year Student Orientation and changing the script to ensure the stories being told were still relevant and important to campus life. The goal of the show is to promote safety to incoming students and present available resources.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

This project consisted of taking on a little sister through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Gettysburg, building her confidence and encouraging her to pursue change-making leadership positions.

Phoenix Rising

This project created Phoenix Rising, an advocacy-based club and support group for students on campus who are neurodivergent or have other issues that make learning more difficult.

Indigenous People of Norway

This project was a virtual presentation, discussion, and movie screening about the Sami people in Norway, raising awareness and educating others on the history of this Norwegian Indigenous group.

Women in College

This project was a documentary consisting of interviews with faculty, administration, and students at Gettysburg College to highlight the female presence on campus and the challenges faced.

The Gender Gap of Gettysburg’s Recreational Adventure Board

After noticing a gender difference within Gettysburg Recreational Adventure Board activities, this project organized and ran an affinity program women’s trip that aimed to provide a space to discuss gender issues in the outdoor environment.

South Central Community Action Program

This project consisted of volunteering with the Work Ready program, which provides individuals with tools on how to become a productive working member in the community. It taught individuals to overcome barriers and maintain employment.