This month we spoke with Susan Burns, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Clarke University.
Q: When in your life have you not been free?
This month's conversation highlights an accomplished Ask Big Questions Alumna. Michelle Sawwan was an ABQ fellow from 2012-2013 while she was completing her master's degree in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Virginia. She went on to work in student affairs administration, and is currently employed at Sin Barreras (Without Barriers) -- a non-profit organization dedicated to serving immigrants in the United States.
Q: What's one lesson that you learned the hard way?
This Passover, ask yourself some important Big Questions.
Ask Big Questions has been selected to receive the inaugural Outstanding Program award by the Commission for Spirituality, Faith, Religion & Meaning at the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).
Ask Big Questions, an initiative of Hillel International, brings diverse college students together for conversations that help people better understand themselves and others. These conversations create community and inspire action.
As we look back on 2014, we're thrilled with its successes:
As many know, there have been protests nationwide voiceing outrage at a grand jury's decsision not to indict the New York Police Department officer who choked Eric Garner to death. Garner was Black, the officer was white, and this non-indictment came a week after the decision of a grand jury in Missouri not to indict Darren Wilson, the white officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an 18 year-old who had been unarmed.
We are delighed to be featured in the newspaper of record! David Bornstein wrote an wonderful article on our work. Here's an excerpt:
“If you start a student discussion with a hard question, like ‘How can we bring peace to the Middle East?,’” Feigelson says, “the two students who think they know the most are going to debate and protest, while everyone else watches and thinks they have nothing to contribute. It doesn’t build trust or capacity for solving problems. It creates an adversarial environment.”
In order to recharge, we often first need to unplug! With technology in beaming from our living rooms, beckoning at our desks, and buzzing in our pockets, unplugging today is a conscious decision.