This semester, students taking classes with Dr. Elaine Correa, Dr. Jennifer Foster, Courtney Grim, Erika Hamann, Drew Marsherall, Samantha Purpora, and Dr. Bridgette Slavin are engaging in a cross-disciplinary community-based learning project to explore global issues connected with the local refugee community in Buffalo, including multiculturalism, diversity, community building, human trafficking, current events, and related services and programs in WNY.  The events and activities associated with this project are supported by the Center for Community-Based Learning and the Honors Program, coordinated by Dr. Alice Villaseñor. Search for #MedailleCBL2016 on Twitter to follow the project.

The Center for Community-Based Learning organized site visits to the West Side Bazaar, an on-campus screening of the documentary God Grew Tired of Us, Cultural Competency training from the International Institute of Buffalo, a lunch time talk from the volunteer coordinator of Jericho Road Community Health Center, and an upcoming panel discussion featuring local experts on human trafficking.

To engage students, faculty have selected relevant readings and designed classroom assignments that help foster connections between classroom learning outcomes and real-world problems.

Throughout the remaining weeks in the semester, students will be fundraising and organizing service-learning projects with the FLY After School program of Jericho Road Community Health Center.

Our next event, a panel discussion on human trafficking, will take place on Thursday, March 3, at 6 pm in the Lecture Hall. We hope that you will join us to hear from Theresa Nietzel, Erie County Sheriff’s Office Human Trafficking Investigator; Emma L. Buckthal, Immigration Staff Attorney with the Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc.; Todd Bunnenberg, Victim Assistant Specialist with Homeland Security Investigations; and Ann Briedenstein, Human Trafficking Program Coordinator with the International Institute of Buffalo.

Students will present their learning to the campus community at the conclusion of the semester, so stay tuned for more details!

Questions? Please contact Bridget Brace-MacDonald at

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