In Liberia, while hope is an influential and potent force, it needs back-up. We can apply this lesson in Chicago, where so many youth do not feel hope–and we are dealing with our own epidemic of violence.
An open letter to President Obama and U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic James Brewster: We are honored to collaboratively support the work of Ambassador Brewster and all those advancing social justice for the marginalized and for all people, in the Dominican Republic and beyond.
The first family we visited was a widowed mother with HIV and four boys. The second family we visited was a mother and a father of four. It was difficult for us having such limited abilities to help.
We are sad to learn that Margot Adler has passed away. She was a longtime National Public Radio (NPR) correspondent, author, and the granddaughter of Alfred Adler whose work inspired the founding of our School. She also was a friend.
As a person who can blend in as Dominican or Haitian, I have been completely impacted by issues of colorism and ethnicsim in the Dominican Republic. And I realize that racism needs to be addressed as a global determinant to health.
Following the fall of Communism, there were a great many social, educational, and economic needs to be addressed. Aeropagus Institute was created to meet local needs in the areas of education, social work, and counseling services.
We have had the opportunity to be involved with all three.
It breaks my heart and sunders my soul to observe the sex workers here, to see young girls and women the same age as my nieces wooing white male tourists for sex in order to eat, to have a roof overhead or beds to sleep in, to care for a sick family member, to survive. A selfish part of me wishes I didn’t know what I know.
This morning stood out apart from my typical graduate student morning. I woke up knowing that we were going to meet with officials from the United Nations. Our aim is developing a mental health assessment for refugees migrating to the Dominican Republic.