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A DECADE OF WORK IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH: SOCIAL SERVICE OR SOCIAL CHANGE? (OR, WHAT DOES MOVEMENT TOWARD SOCIAL JUSTICE LOOK LIKE?) Gina Stiens and Adam Renner.

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1 A DECADE OF WORK IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH: SOCIAL SERVICE OR SOCIAL CHANGE? (OR, WHAT DOES MOVEMENT TOWARD SOCIAL JUSTICE LOOK LIKE?) Gina Stiens and Adam Renner Rouge Forum Louisville, KY March, 2008

2 Contact Lenses (Audre Lorde) I see much better now And my eyes hurt

3 Overview: Conviction that change is possible (Freire) Concepts to keep in mind when generating service partnerships (understanding/interrogating power) Social service vs. social change (Kivel) Short range vs. long range goals (Gil) The buffer zone (Kivel) History of our trips Partners Projects/Process Applying concepts to our work: getting ahead vs. getting together Feedback

4 Transcending normal Challenging status quo, emergent reflection, critical consciousness Short range vs. Long range goals (Gil) Short range = necessary, reduce intensity of injustice Long range = social transformation Social service vs. Social change Social service = get ahead Social change = get together Caution: buffer zone Take care… Keep hope alive Social control

5 Our work at the intersection of compassion and justice A couple of thoughts on our service learning process Service learning for caring solidarity Overcoming boundaries Reciprocity--dialogue, trust Long term Dynamic of server / served Charity vs. development vs. social justice (Farmer)

6 History high school students committed friends; scripts 2002-service learning with TMC; dissertation 2003-learning conference 2004-CCSA strengthening relationships 2008-(PT)

7 Partners Blossom Gardens Since 1998 Bringing food, medicine, toiletries Help with construction projects $ West Haven Since 1998 Bringing food, medicine, toiletries Outfitted local mens football team $ Partnering with our DPT program, 2008 Ambassadors for Christ School books, school supplies rebuilt roof taught lessons in school $

8 Partners Mrs. Kaye (and Barrett Hall Basic School) Since 1999 Books, school supplies, stove, desks, Taught lessons in school Served on school board Down payment on her land Sponsored and hosted graduation ceremonies Putting her through Sam Sharpe Teachers College and providing monthly stipend to family Other $ Other Have brought more than 70 different people to the island to work with these partners since 1998 Thomas More now sponsors a parallel trip every year New partnership with DPT and doctor/hospital in Colorado (for work at West Haven) Full scholarship secured at BU for Jamaican student Helped move students family to the US

9 Getting ahead vs. Getting together Social service/Short-range upcoming 10 day trips, meeting immediate needs in the childrens homes, planning lessons for a school, Mrs. Kaye and the Fentons? Who has gotten ahead? Social change/Long-range continuing this trip year after yearits evolution (people, purposes), linking it to others work (TMC, PT Dept., Colorado,…), ongoing discussion from last years group, Mrs. Kaye and the Fentons? Who have we gotten together?

10 Litany for survival (Audre Lorde) So it is better to speak Remembering We were never meant to survive

11 Feedback If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But, if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.


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