Service-Learning Seminar-Practicum De-Brief
Monday, April 15, 2013
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
On April 9, 2013, UDC-DCSL held its annual Service-Learning Seminar-Practicum de-brief to share with students, faculty, and supporters the experiences of this year's 3Ls on the Mississippi Delta, Mississippi Gulf Coast and the Arizona-Mexico border. Prof. Susan Waysdorf gave an introduction and Patrice Wedderburn moderated the panel presentation.
Erika DuPree and Erika White talked about their trip to the Mississippi Delta. Erika White worked with Anton Martinez on education issues since Mississippi has the lowest education level of all the states. Erika DuPree discussed her work on child punishment and designing a pamphlet about juvenile justice.
Candice Tucker and Laura Duncan talked about their trip to Biloxi, MS. The students partnered with 2 other universities and Hope Community Development Agency, a nonprofit organization, to work on environmental legal cases stemming from Hurricane Katrina. Candice Tucker described the trip as a "capstone experience” and said it felt good to work in an under-served area outside of D.C.
Tyrone Hanley and Vanessa Altamirano talked about their trip to the Arizona-Mexico border. Tyrone Hanley said it is important to see social justice issues at the border to see the consequences of border control. Vanessa Altamirano said the trip to Arizona was "life-changing." She talked about being stopped at the border and asked for her passport, seeing the Joe Arpaio detention centers for undocumented immigrants, and the general lack of respect for due process.
After the event Professors Susan Waysdorf, John Brittain, and Kristina Campbell thanked their colleagues and invited students at the School of Law to participate in Service Learning next year. View photos from the trip on Flickr and below..