Daily Archive for Monday, March 11th, 2013

Meet the Washington D.C. Group!

This year 11 students and one advisor will be going to Washington D.C as part of the ASB program. Below are their brief introductions as well as a group picture.

Jessica Hron

Jessica, the student leader for the trip, has great passions in the field of social justice and traveling. She understands that injustices are something that can be overcome by the activism and respect of all people. Jess plans to learn a lot throughout trip; not just about the people we are volunteering with and for, but about herself and poverty within our nation. She is looking forward to the affects this trip will have on all those involved as well as all those who hear about it upon our arrival home.

Cymone Jones – I am a senior, graduating in Fall 2013 with my Bachelors in Human Services. I intend to go on to get my Masters Degree in school counseling at Lakeland College. I am going on this trip to be introduced to a new population of people, and in hopes that the people I am serving will have an impact on my life. I am very excited for this trip and all it will teach me.

Kellie McGavock – I’m a sophomore at UWO, currently working towards a degree in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration. I’ve decided to partake in ASB because it’s a great opportunity to put my better foot forward and help the less fortunate. I’m looking forward to the week ahead and can’t wait to share my experiences!

Jacqueline Bolwerk -I am a junior this year, with a major in Elementary Education and minors in Mathematics and Language Arts. This is my first year at UW-Oshkosh, so it is also my first year going on an ASB trip! I have had a few encounters with hungry and homeless before, so I am hoping this trip can be a culmination of all the little experiences I have had so far. I can’t wait!

Ashley Hachtel -I’m a freshman majoring in nursing here at UWO. I am very excited to be able to get to know the people we will be helping on our trip and am interested in seeing what poverty is really like in our country.

Nicole Swenson –  I am a Psychology major and Social Justice Minor here at UW Oshkosh.  I am so excited to serve the community in Washington DC and bring awareness to the the issues of hunger and homelessness. As Dr. Seuss once wrote, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.”

Maxwell Ayres –  I am a pretty chill guy who loves to lend a helping hand when needed. I like to run and read in my spare time and my dream is to become a Special Education teacher. I am a freshman. My hometown is Port Edwards, WI. 

Hello from the New York group


Holding baby sea turtles in Nicaragua!

Holding baby sea turtles in Nicaragua!

Hey everyone!

My name is Nazek Sankari and I am the blogger for the New York City Alternative Spring Break group! I am a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. I will be graduating in May with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a Social Justice minor. I’m very excited for this spring break trip because of it’s focus on Diversity & Inclusion. I am very happy that I was accepted into this specific trip because besides pertaining to my minor, diversity and inclusion are two of my core values. I will be pursuing a Masters in Social Work and diversity and inclusion fit perfectly into that realm as well. The university offers a plethora of volunteer opportunities for students and staff to get involved in directly in the Oshkosh community as well as outside of it. I am so blessed and fortunate that I am able to participate in this alternative spring break trip to New York City. I hope to gain some knowledge and experience from this trip that I can bring back to my university community as well as the greater Oshkosh community to make both a more diverse and inclusive environment. During my time at the university, I participated in another type of alternative spring break on the border of Mexico and the U.S. I served as part of a student volunteer group that administered humanitarian assistance throughout the desert with a group called No More Deaths/ No Mas Muertes. I was also fortunate enough to study abroad in Nicaragua for two weeks for an English Composition class. The focus of the class was to write about community development and cross-cultural relations. We volunteered with and observed three different types of grassroots community organizations and learned how each interacted with their community.

Another reason that I, as well as many of my companions on the trip, chose the NYC trip was because most of us have never been to NYC! Just exploring the The Big Apple itself will be an experience but I’m even more excited to actually volunteer. While in New York, we will be volunteering with two organizations: God’s Love We Deliver (GLWD) and Gay Men’s Health Club. With GLWD, we will be preparing, cooking and delivering individualized nutritious meals to people who are unable to shop or too sick to cook for themselves. Our time with the Gay Men’s Health Club will be spent making safe sex kits and performing other projects they might such as cleaning, organizing and painting. I am very excited to work with both groups because both combine two of my passions: cooking and comprehensive sex education.

Thanks for checking out the blog and be sure to check back in during the next week! It’s hard to believe we depart for New York in six days!

Ciao for now!

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