Making the Douglass Difference in the World
Within the Global Village, students stay engaged with the New Brunswick and the greater Middlesex County Community. Service learning is a dynamic, immersive experience for Douglass women, and the Global Village collaborates with local organizations to create meaningful partnerships between our students and our local communities. For example, Global Village students have engaged with organizations that serve undocumented, immigrant, and refugee populations. In the past students participated in the Annual March Against Domestic Violence, as well as engaged with our community partners through avenues that connect the House’s theme to the local organization including but not limited to food security, women’s empowerment, homelessness, economic development and other causes.
Recent Service Projects:
Community Based Research
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the traditional service project planned was not able to take place with the Central Jersey Diaper Bank. The Global Village completed a community based research project and compiled a white paper report on the social determinates of health surrounding diaper insecurity.
Art as Activism
The Women in Creativity House utilized their creative talents to bring comfort and awareness to those whom have been impacted by the covid-19 pandemic. The students donated hand sewn over 150 masks to donate to RWJ Barnabas Health, designed posters to encourage safety and to boost morale, and even created coloring books for home-bound children.
“This project holds a special place in my heart. With everything going on in our world, it is easy to feel isolated and alone. In times when it is essential for us to unite, we tend to fight for resources and toilet paper, rather than share and be kinder towards one another. I am proud that I was able to utilize the materials I had laying around the house to make masks. A little effort can go a long way. Besides the meaning I already feel behind the project, I was able to work on it with my mother, which only deepens the emotional connection I feel with the project. It was an incredible experience, and I feel blessed to be safe and healthy right now!” - Cheshta Kundra DRC'22
Food Insecurity Awareness
The Global Village Ambassadors collected over 200 pounds of food for the Unity Square Community Center and provided thanksgiving dinners for 15 families.
“Throughout my first year of being in the Global Village, I have been exposed to a multitude of events that have cultivated a sense of community and good spirit. Sharing the experience of being able to donate food and create an event that strengthened the sisterhood between Douglass women was the best of both worlds. We were able to collect the donations and create packages to deliver to Unity Square Community Center. Being able to personally package and donate the food as a team made me feel grateful that I have been granted the opportunity to use the privileges of our tight-knit community for the better good.” - Maryam Zayed DRC'22