Chatapalooza — Community Service in Hanover and Beyond

By | September 8, 2019

>>2012. This chat is going
to be focused on religious and spiritual life at Dartmouth
and this is an opportunity for you to ask us
your questions. So all you have to do is
just post your questions on the chat box right
below the screen and we’ll be able
to answer them. So to start we’ll
introduce ourselves. My name is Alex I’m joined
by Cordelia as well as Rachel and I’ll start by telling
a little bit about myself. I’m a 14 which means I’m a
sophomore here on campus. I’m involved in a few
things extracurricularly, I’m involved in missions. I do marketing communications
as an intern, and I am also a tour guide. I am also involved
in Student Assembly, where I’m on the treasury
of that organization, and I’m involved in MoneySmart which is a community
service organization, I’m going to tell you a
lot more about it later on.>>Hi. My name is
Cordelia Owusu and I’m a 13 which means I’m a junior. I’m a Woman’s and
Gender Studies major. On campus, I’m involved with
issues that concern women like Mentors Against Violence, Proud to be a Woman dinner
I helped organized that and I also do Students
Fight in Hunger which is just an
organization whereby we cook for senior citizens in Hanover.>>That’s good.>>Cool. I’m Rachel, I’m a 13
like Cordelia, I’m a junior. I’m from Hershey, Pennsylvania. I’m a Neuroscience major and on
campus, I’m involved in a bunch or organizations run by
the Tucker Foundation which we’ll talk
a lot about here.>>Excellent. Well, let’s talk about that now. So the Tucker Foundation is
our center for spirituality as well as service on campus. So we’re going to
be talking more about the service
aspect of that. So they’ve offered us
[inaudible] opportunities as well as resources within
the Tucker Foundation. And I guess we can start by
talking about the organizations where we’re involved
in within Tucker. So you want to start?>>Sure. I’m involved in
one organization called ALE which stands for Alter
Leadership Experience that is an organization in which
we take the middle schooler’s and high schooler’s from the
upper valley of New Hampshire and Vermont and teach
them leadership and group facilitation
skills through the outdoors.>>That’s great.>>Also involved in an organization called
North Country Weekend where we bring kids from
inner city Boston up to campus for a weekend to try to
show them why they should be interested in going to college. Show them what they can
learn, how they can get here and also Special Olympics
where we go bowling every week and also have winter
and summer games.>>Great.>>Yeah.>>With me, it’s a
little different. I don’t really work
with Tucker that much. I worked with Dickey.>>Okay.>>Which is another–>>Yup.>>Foundation that–>>That focus on
international understanding.>>Yeah international,
yeah like going abroad to volunteer and
stuff like that. And I did something with them. I went to India in the Fall
so just teach English to women which was very rewarding
and just like applying stuff I have
learned in class just seen how that manifest in the real world.>>Wow, that’s really cool.>>And personally, I’m
involved in MoneySmart. MoneySmart is an organization
on campus that focused on providing financial
literacy to students. Basically, what we do
is we go out to areas around the upper valley, New
Hampshire and Vermont region. And we go and we try to teach
some simple spending decisions. So, we go through how much
money you could save if you, you know quit smoking and
didn’t buy cigarettes anymore or we do things with
younger students like who are preparing
for college. We go through what the
actual cost of colleges is, and how you can save up for
it, how you can plan for it and just simple things
like how you go through the application process when you’re going
to financial aid. So, I mean it’s a very
rewarding experience I know, I definitely really
enjoyed being part of that. We also just posted
links to Tucker Center and Dickey Center in the chat. So feel free to explore
those and also let us know if you have any other questions. So, let’s go into a little
more of what resources Tucker and Dickey have to offer. There are centers that
are like full buildings that have a fully staffed and they have a lot
of great resources. So what do you guys found so far
to with the Tucker and Dickey that you can take advantage of?>>I think for me just, when
you’re interested in something and the college has that support
system to help you with it. Like, just, if you
want to go anywhere in the world you can just
simply apply for funding–>>Yeah.>>– and just do what
you really love to do, I think that’s really important,
it has for me it has helped me in my college life career–>>Yeah.>>– [inaudible] because I, I was able to really
enjoy what I did in class and also enjoyed what
I did off campus–>>Yeah.>>– at the same time.>>And you know just to
elaborate more on that. Dartmouth is very unique
because of the deep plan. And since we have
this flexibility, we have a quarter system where
you can choose, you know, you’re required to be on for
a certain number of terms but you can kind of have some
flexibility deciding you know where you want to be and
what you want to be doing. So you have this opportunity
to go abroad and you know work and teach English or work in
a clinic in Africa something like that, there
so many options. Like I’d had a lot of friends, they’ve been able took
advantage of that. And the nice thing is
as well that is that, we go with this philosophy
with admissions where you apply and we are need [inaudible]
so we don’t you know, accept to whether or not
you can pay for college and when you enter
Dartmouth we don’t lose that philosophy either. Just as Cordelia mentioned, we have like multiple
centers across campus. We can get funding to
do this set of projects, whether you’re traveling or whether you’re
working somewhere abroad. I’m just really great
to have that resource. So what are the things have
you found through Tucker?>>Sure. I would say that Tucker
just has a ton of programs that are available that
can really fill to any sort of interest you may have. Like when I came to school
within the first week, I went to the volunteer fair, there’s a volunteer fair
every term that shows you all of the different
organizations that Tucker, and I’m assuming Dickey
offer for students.>>Yeah.>>And I was sort of able to
just wander around for an hour and write my name on in every
list and get an e-mail from each of those organizations
explaining a little bit more about what they do, who might
be interested, and easily signed out for, you know, 10
or 15 different things that I had thought might be
interesting and tested them out and shows which ones I
wanted to be more active in and I have stayed really
active in those communities so that was a fantastic way to
get really involved immediately.>>Excellent. Excellent. Well we actually have our
first question posted. And, the viewer asked,
is asking, what sort of community service
in there around Dartmouth because it’s not in the city? Well, great question. Well, we’ve already
both mentioned projects that we’re involved
in and you know, you’ll be surprised there’s a
huge need in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire, Vermont area. It’s really incredible. Two centers that I worked with,
one is Stanley [phonetic] place, the other place is located in
the [inaudible] which is just over the river, it’s about
a 10 minute drive from here. And it’s actually, you
know a place that we go where there are single
mothers who are on food stamps and they go there to drop
off their kids for day care and they have some
instructional aspect as well. And MoneySmart is one of
the instructional aspects. So we go and we teach them all
these different things and kind of go through one on
one to help, you know, budget planning and
things like that. And you know it’s surprising
to see the need, you know, we’re not in the
middle of nowhere, there’s actually huge
population and you want to talk a little bit more about
groups you’ve worked with?>>Sure absolutely. I was going to say actually that
Dartmouth and Tucker are able to provide us funding to go
a little bit further outside of Hanover so, ALE the
organization that I worked with goes 40 minutes
away sort of into Vermont where there’s a huge need
for mentoring resources.>>Yeah.>>Actually, there are a lot
of kids you wouldn’t imagine because we’re in the middle of
nowhere [laughter] eventually. But there are a lot of kids who need stable relationships
with older kids. A lot of them have difficult
financial situations at home which provide troubles
with their families, and they really value the time
that they can spend with us and we can also then
point them toward college because it’s not something
that they might not– that they might see a lot
of so that’s a focus right?>>Yeah. Also like
just 10 minutes from campus there is a church
where every Friday, students go and cook for senior citizens
and we just hang out with them for 2 hours every Friday and
that is also very rewarding. It’s just right at home
you know it’s just–>>Yeah, yeah.>>Some of them are [inaudible]
and they live from in Hanover so it’s very interesting. You can do so much just
being on a small campus.>>Yeah, I mean it’s amazing
the need is, as well I know when a hurricane I
reinstruct this past I guess, there’s this huge, huge need and I think the campus
really stepped up to help their surrounding
towns, there were so many towns in the Vermont and
New Hampshire area that were just completely
devastated by the overflowing rivers and
the amount of rainfall and wind that we had during
the hurricane. And there’s, you
know like a footage of like bridges are
collapsing and things like that. And, there’s a huge need and I
think Tucker Foundation as well as the students and Dickey
Foundation also really stepped up to help that need.>>One more amazing thing
that Tucker throws the day of caring every fall term
which is a really neat way to see the surrounding areas
and to see groups of people who are really dependent
on our health. I think there are like 10
groups of people who go out to 10 different states with
in the Upper Valley community and it’s easy to get
involved in that and it’s just like a 24-hour mission that
a ton of Dartmouth students, faculty, friends, community
show up for so that’s good–>>That’s awesome. Well, we actually have another
question posted on the chat. Are Dartmouth students
service minded? Some schools, also make
a graduation requirement and is there a graduation
requirement for service at Dartmouth and you may
want to address that?>>No, there is no graduation
requirement but I think, as a student on campus,
we are very self aware of problems we face,
as a society. Like for example, the students
of African-American students on campus, we have this alliance
called the Dartmouth Alliance for [inaudible] children
for which is also sponsored by Tucker whereby,
we have students of color who’s parents
are not necessarily black or African-American
who come to Dartmouth. And we just do hair day care
and we just like play with them, it is just like, it’s something
that we feel like we owe to society more so than
just being forced to do, personally that’s what I think.>>Yeah, I would say I haven’t
really met any one who feels that they’ve been
forced into service.>>Right.>>Especially just
because there are so many different things
you can be involved with.>>Yeah.>>You can choose something
that caters directly to your individual like
desires for involvement. And I have made, you know,
some of my best friends through a service
organizations and I– you know I have so much fun in
getting out and being involved. I think that’s a
huge part of it. It doesn’t feel like a chore. You could just spend time with
amazing people on campus–>>Yeah.>>– doing amazing things. And it, since it is
a small community, and like for the last question,
you were addressing that, you see the impact way more
directly than you might in a bigger place so it’s
immediately rewarding.>>Yeah, and I think the
other great thing is that, there’s so many organization
on campus that kind of encourage community service. A lot of sports teams, a lot
of fraternities and sororities and a lot of other groups,
they’re all like, you know, have different programs
that they run themselves at a community service. I know there’s a
fraternity that I think does like a Halloween party
and they have all these like fun little games where the
kids would come and dress up and Dream, I watch
the program here. And they all come and they do
activities at the fraternity. And they have always, like
Halloween-themed things. I know that a lot of sports
themes also go out and will, will go to a [inaudible]
catching or something like that. Once it turned [inaudible] among
there are more [inaudible]. So a lot of kids on campus,
do make an active effort to involve themselves
with some service. But then, there are
so many other groups that are service oriented
themselves where other students who were not necessarily
in a group that does that can get involved in
which is absolutely great.>>Absolutely right.>>So what is your favorite
thing then to be involved in service wise here at campus?>>That’s a tough
question [laughter].>>Yeah.>>That’s a really
a hard question. I think that my, my biggest
risk commitment is to ALE, is to the mentoring
program that I do.>>Yeah.>>And I’ve loved
to being involved and I’ve love being able to
take a position responsibility, I’m one of the coaches now. I think that the reason
I enjoyed it honestly so much 80 percent of that comes from the other Dartmouth
kids that do ALE with me. And you can just see
how passionate each of those people is
about helping the kids that we’re involved with>>Yeah.>>It’s hard to put into it. I don’t know. I don’t want to wind them up
against to each other right?>>Yeah, definitely,
and what about you?>>Yeah, that’s a hard
question [laughter]>>Yeah.>>I know.>>I think just doing something
on campus or just locally. We don’t necessarily have the
mentality that we are going to save the world which sometimes can be
a little problematic.>>Yeah.>>Just like, we’re going
to help people in Hanover. We’re going to do what we can. I think that’s the most
rewarding thing I have learned as a volunteer on campus. Just like I am recognizing
the problems in my community and solving those
problems first before I try to change the world.>>Yeah.>>So–>>That’s a great point.>>Yeah.>>So I think we have another
question posted in the chat. What do you like the
most about Dartmouth, and why should you come here? This is a pretty
open ended question. I guess if I’ve started
that one, my favorite in Dartmouth
is the community. We have this really
type of community, I have personally applied to lot of more urban schools
and larger schools. And you know, so I
end up with Dartmouth and I was so happy that I did. Because I didn’t realize, I
was applying that, you know, when you go to a more urban
school or a larger school, the community is
very, very different. You know when there’s
other things going around, on around the campus,
this, you know such a focus to the student body is not
necessarily going to be happy on campus and maybe off campus. And you know a lot of
schools whether you are out– just outside of the city or
within the city, you’ll go out, you know, especially night life. You’ll go out all across the
city and none of them is going to be going out to on one
campus or in the same area. And I really liked that that
everyone is kind of together. We have this really [inaudible]
community where every– you know every thing is
focused on Dartmouth. You know whether you’re
in the town of Hanover or whether you’re, you know,
in the surrounding area. It’s kind of cool,
everyone is focused on that. The second thing about community
that I really like is that, you know, you’ll
be wearing any kind of Dartmouth paraphernalia just
like the sweatshirt right here. And if you’re wearing that
in the airport and you run into a log, they’ll stop you
and they want to talk forever about things that’ll be, I call ’em a Dartmouth
[inaudible] or a Dartmouth 14. And just talk about
all the things. And alumnus here are just
are just so interconnected, are so much in love with
Dartmouth and just want to like talk to you and
learn more and hear about it. So [inaudible] strong
community is my favorite part. So what about you guys?>>I would echo that,
[inaudible] time. I think that the size of our
school honestly is perfect, because I am able to
recognize so many faces that I really do feel
like I’m at home. I’m never somewhere when you’re
in the library, definitely not. When you’re in the library or
in the food halls you don’t feel like you don’t know anyone.>>Yeah.>>But I meet new
people every day.>>Yeah.>>Right.>>And to speak to
what you’re saying. I was in New York this
past winter on and off term and I saw people from Dartmouth
almost every day randomly.>>Right.>>You know I would
see them in the street. I would be wearing
a Dartmouth shirt or I would just recognize them.>>Yeah.>>Because you, you get to know
people so well and I had tons of conversations, went out for
coffee, went out for meals, the people who went to
Dartmouth that I didn’t know, went all well while I was here. But the fact that you
go to the same school and that Dartmouth creates
such a bond between people who would otherwise be complete
strangers, it was great. And I felt completely at home
in one of the biggest cities in the world, that was amazing.>>Yeah. And completely– the same thing happened
to me but in Barcelona. I was starting to [inaudible]. We had 2 programs over there and
despite being in a foreign city, I ran into Dartmouth
students at least once a day and just randomly and it’s
kind of cool to have that.>>Yeah. I think one thing that has made my Dartmouth
experience very good is the bond I have with my professors.>>Yeah.>>Like, I’m pretty sure in
big schools there aren’t that, there are many opportunities
where you can just sit down with your professor and you
know have dinner, have lunch, have a coffee and just talk. Just talk about what
they are interested in, what you’re interested in, I
think that has really helped and shaped like how I study
and what I’m interested in on campus or in my studies. And so that has been
really rewarding.>>Yeah, and I consistently
love the fact that our professors
are here for us. And they made that
known, you know, it’s just like our
peer institutions, our professors are calling the
Wall Street Journal they’re on NBC, they’re flying down the
DC or wherever to give talks and they’re flying to the North
Pole to do research and they’re, they’re going all over and they’re doing these
incredible things.>>Right.>>And yet, their first
priority is consistently and always the students. And I found a lot of my friends at peer institutions
just don’t find that. You know the professors that
we hear about in the news from other schools, they’re
just doing the stuff you hear about in the news. And they’re not [inaudible]
in teaching courses. All the professors here
are you know, doing both and they’re juggling them but
they’re juggling them well which is really quite nice. I think Dartmouth gives
them the flexibility to continue doing
their research there. You know, projects, their
writings but also continue to the teaching which is
really kind of a [inaudible]. So another question from the
chat, if there is an interest in community service that’s not
represented, how realistic is it to create an organization
that consist or target whatever
audience were looking for? So anybody want to answer that?>>Sure, I would say that
it’s absolutely feasible.>>Yeah.>>I think that there’s
always going to be an audience who will be interested
in any thing about, anyone else at Dartmouth
is interested in. I can’t say that I’ve personally
done it but it’s a good idea, maybe I’ll think about it. So I wouldn’t know
logistically sort of what hoops I have
to jump through. But I think that people are
a 125 percent supportive. I now that within the
organizations I’ve been involved with, we’ve made
structural changes or we’ve changed our
goals through the programs and it’s been entirely feasible.>>Yeah.>>You know getting those
things, getting those done. And I’ve had the support of
people at the Tucker foundation.>>Yeah.>>I’ve had the support
of people in the administration
who helped out. So I think if you don’t find
something that you’re looking for which honestly, I wouldn’t
expect, it’s easy to make it.>>Yeah. There’s
also the possibility of making your own group. We did that on my
freshman winter. We tried to raise money
for women in Congo. It was called Dartmouth
Alliance for [inaudible]. And, it was interesting, we got
a lot of funding from Tucker. And we just like came up with
this idea and just ran with it and just created a new group. I was recognized by the
college so you can do anything, anything that you want.>>Yeah I mean I can
with the resources, I’m, I can go through a
number of programs and the MoneySmart program
I’m involved was founded up 3 years ago. Biker [phonetic] a Dartmouth
student who is, was an Economics and Education double major. And said there’s a need here
and I want to solve that and she got funding and she
got resources and advice from the Tucker Foundation. And we have a full staff there
that, is just there to help you which is really great. Dream, which I’ve mentioned
before is a mentoring program. I mean that was thought about
by Dartmouth students as well. Dartmouth for Clean Water was a
partnership between engineering and economic students at Tucker. And you know there
are– there’s examples that we can go on and on. And it’s nice because, you know, departments across
campus will come together and they’ll find a need
and they’ll find solutions. The school of engineering
for example, there’s a course called
Engines 21, Engineering 21 which is introduction to
engineering and their kind of sole goal is to identify
a problem and a need and a [inaudible] solution and
to test that out and market it. And they’ve created a number of
really, really great projects. I know one of my
favorite ones was a– I think, a project
we’ll be able to do out is how you can
create a light. And– but something that
was like, it didn’t have to be charged, it could
be charged in the Sun, so that’ll be like electricity. And that it could
be easily pulled out of a back pack or something. And the student made
an inflatable light that kind of mixes chemicals. I guess it’s like a one
time use thing and the last like 24 hours or something. And I just think, things
like that are really needed, and there are kind of solutions
to problems which is a great. So unfortunately
we’re out of time, so it’s time for us to wrap up. But we want to thank
you for joining us for the community service chat. And we’ll be actually
back in just 10 minutes and we’ll be doing a question
and answer chat again, out doors in the Dartmouth
and in club at Dartmouth. So we want to congratulate you
in getting accepted and we hope to see you in April,
middle of April for Dimensions weekend
that’s a revisit weekend. If not, we have to
see you in the fall. So have a great rest of your day
and thank you for joining us.

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