http://news.cincinnati.co a .com/article/99999999/FLASH01/100409 “I HAVE MANY WANTS BUT 012 FEW NEEDS”: SPRING BREAK NEEDS IN RURAL APPALACHIA Jessica King 2011 UC Diversity Conference
University Honors Program y g Comprises the top 5% of UC students and offers an engaging environment in which students are inspired to learn more, do more, and be more. Students are challenged through honors seminars and experiential g g p learning projects that focus on: Community engagement Global studies Leadership Research and creative arts Committed to helping students maximize their C d h l d h educational opportunities at UC while discovering and pursuing their passions in life and using their gifts and talents to make meaningful contributions to society. l k f l b
Appalachian Region pp g Appalachian mountain chain stretches from Mississippi to New York, including parts of Southern Ohio, spanning 205,000 205 000 square- miles
Appalachian Culture pp In brief A strong work ethic, independence, self-reliance, pride, religion, humility, modesty, patriotism, loyalty, neighborliness, “un-churched” religion, family bonds Coal d i b i d i C l and timber industries Distinct dialect Social issues Poverty, isolation, prescription drug abuse, mountain t removal t i top l
“[The Appalachian people are] a misunderstood group, doing the bestthat they can. Just because they have a different culture, they are notany less important and they work just as hard.” – first year student
Evolution of an Experience p Alternative spring break offered in conjunction with an honors seminar for a number of years Appalachian Culture & Intercultural Communication Taught by MJ Woeste, Dept. of Communication Student d St d t demand to offer experience in the d t ff i i th absence of the course Spring S i 2010 – 12 students d Spring 2011 – 23 students
Pre-Departure p General promotion of opportunity p pp y Pre-readings and videos, linked in e-portfolio The Road to Poverty: The Making of Wealth and y g Hardship in Appalachia -- Billings & Blee (2000) “Hidden America: Children of the Mountains” – Diane Sawyer, Sawyer 20/20 Special Meeting led by returning students in the last two years Icebreakers More discussion of history and culture, Anecdotes from prior experiences
Christian Appalachian Project pp j “Workfest is CAP’s alternative spring b k f college i break for ll students. The event attracts more than 400 students from 40 diff different colleges and ll d universities each March. During Workfest, students serve i teams to repair in i substandard housing and build new homes for low- income f l in eastern families Kentucky. No prior construction or building experience is necessary.” (christianapp.org)
Workfest Orientation and welcome Four work days Mixed crews New builds, rehab projects Evening programming History of the region Poverty Family dinner School night Nightly reflections
Impact p Credit/service requirements may have been an / q y initial motivator Post-experience reflection indicates much more Interest in continuing to serve in some capacity Recognizing local needs Altered perceptions of the Appalachian region Region of contrasts Noted N t d some reinforced stereotypes i f d t t More complex views about poverty and why it exists
“My perceptions have changed. It is a mixture of poor and not poor attimes right next to each other. It has a beautiful landscape right nextto a landscape full of garbage. My perception of Appalachia is bestdefined as one of stark contrasts.” – first year student
y p“Community service will help me become a better andmore understanding student. I want to help those inpoverty locally.” – third year student
Urban Appalachian Population pp p 1 in 4 native Cincinnatians can trace their roots to Appalachia (uacvoice.org) Particular pockets of this population found in communities such as Camp Washington, Northside, Price Hill, etc. Other People’s Words: The Cycle of Low Literacy, People s Purcell-Gates Urban Appalachian Council
“This trip has encouraged me to stay actively involved in the Cincinnaticommunity because poverty is such a relevant issue here too. It has pushedcomm nit beca se po ert s ch rele ant iss e too p shedme to want to sort of ‘stop the fire at the base of the flame’ and getinvolved in education and youth mentoring.” – first year student
A particular slide catching your eye?
Clipping is a handy way to collect important slides you want to go back to later.