Social Justice Immersion Program Hits Close To Home

Swearer Center’s Winter Break Projects fosters students’ connections to local communities:


While some students relaxed at home over winter break, 35 social action-minded undergraduates spent a week living in a church in downtown Providence as part of the Winter Break Projects, a program run by the Swearer Center for Public Service. Participants broke off into five smaller groups that each focused on a specific issue in Rhode Island, including homelessness, environmental justice, health care, refugee communities and education.

(Distributed January 23, 2015)

Refugees Find a Place at the Table and a First Thanksgiving

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Bienfait Jugado, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, enjoyed his first-ever Thanksgiving feast Saturday. He was one of about 150 recently arrived refugees at the Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island annual holiday event.

“I ate an apple, a carrot, and cake,” the 9-year-old said. “And some cheese. And water.” Not to mention some turkey, of which there was plenty to go around.

(Distributed November 22, 2014)
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