Summer of Service

blogpostThe semester is coming to a close and my exploration of diversity and student activism at Purdue will be put on hold for the summertime. I want to thank those of you who are religious readers of A Seat At the Table for spending the semester learning and growing with me through these regular posts.

There are many things we were able to cover looking back but I know there is still a whole host of topic yet to be uncovered. I hope you were able to expand you thinking and understanding of race and justice as well as to get involved around Purdue.

The active students on campus who inspired me to start this blog are all dedicated to important issues that need to be addressed and I encourage everyone to reach out to groups on campus and in the community dedicated to seeking liberation and creating a better community for everyone. There is still a lot of work left to do to make this world more equitable for everyone so I want to leave you with some groups that would be great to get involved with over the summer.

YWCA

The mission of the YWCA is to empower women in the community to help them build a sustainable life for themselves and their families. The YWCA also works to eliminate racism and promote justice and equality through their programs.

Kheprw Institute

Kheprw is an organization dedicated to community empowerment through self-mastery. KI is on a mission to create a more just and equitable society through nurturing youth and young adults to be effective leaders in all areas.

SURJ

Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) is an organization of predominantly white folks who fight for racial justice while also learning ways to use their white identity for the movement.

Younger Women’s Task Force

The Younger Women’s Task Force is a group for young women by young women who purse social justice and intersectional spaces to fight for liberation through community organizing efforts and a feminist lens.

Civic Engagement and Leadership Development

Purdue’s CELD office is home to many opportunities to serve the Purdue community directly as well as the surrounding Lafayette community. The CELD continuously runs the ACE food pantry and also has a street team working to eliminate homelessness in Lafayette. They also have service events throughout the summer to get involved.

I encourage everyone to take some time out of their summer to serve their local community through one of these or other organizations that are pursing equality and justice. I will be interning with Kheprw Institute this summer so hopefully I will see some of you at our programming. By working together we can eliminate the systems of oppression that exist and build a better world for everyone.

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