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VT Engage plans workshops and service trips for April and May

From: VT Engage

For the rest of the spring semester, VT Engage: The Center for Leadership and Service Learning is offering a variety of student leadership opportunities and workshops for the university community. Additionally, the team is offering in-person service opportunities to Stadium Woods.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation for any of these opportunities, welcome! You are welcome to contact either the session presenter directly or our team at 540-231-9798 or engage@vt.edu during regular business hours at least five business days prior to the event.

To register for the following events, users must sign into GobblerConnect. This requires users to sign in through Virginia Tech’s CAS system which requires 2-Factor Authentication. Please note that all times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Food insecurity Discussion Series
This discussion series is centered around global and regional food insecurity issues. Each week, participants will watch short videos or hear from a speaker, then reflect as a group on the issues presented that week.

  • Topic: Food Deserts
    Monday, April 12, 3 - 4 p.m. | Register
    About 19 million people in America live in a food desert, which disproportionately affects Black communities. Despite nationwide efforts to improve poor food environments, many of the biggest names in America’s grocery industry continue to avoid these neighborhoods.
  • Topic: Water Conservation
    Monday April 19, 3 - 4 p.m. | Register
    Welcome to Earth Week. The global water crisis is at an inflection point. How do we price our most valuable resource, while also ensuring food systems security and access to it as a human right?

Stadium Woods service trips
Join us to spend time in Stadium Woods, a beautiful and unique old-growth forest on campus near Lane Stadium! Participants will remove invasive species and learn more about the forest that our community has worked to protect.
Tuesday, April 6, 3 - 5 p.m. | Register
Tuesday, April 20, 3 - 5 p.m. | Register
Tuesday, May 4, 3 - 5 p.m. | Register

6 Things You Didn’t Know about the Disability Experience at Virginia Tech
Monday, April 12, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. | Register
Join VT Engage student leaders and members of the Disability Caucus and Alliance to learn about some of the major issues that disabled students and faculty face in the education system including obtaining accommodations, physical inaccessibility, and the resulting social environment.

Coded Bias Documentary
Film Screening: Tuesday, April 13, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Filmmaker Q & A: Tuesday, April 20, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Register for the events
Join VT Engage and the University Libraries for this two-part event about the documentary Coded Bias! This film explores the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini's discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces and women accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all.

I can make that with my old T-shirt!
Monday, April 19, 12 - 1 p.m. | Register
Learn some fun ways to take your old T-shirts and re-purpose them into something new. During the session, you will get the opportunity to make a T-shirt bag to use for grocery shopping. Materials needed for the session: an old T-shirt and scissors.

Student Leadership Competencies and CliftonStrengths: how do you uniquely lead?
Tuesday, April 20, 3 - 4 p.m. | Register
In this session, you will learn about Seemiller and Murray's Student Leadership Competencies and how they can help you in your leadership journey. We will also workshop and reflect on how your personal CliftonStrengths impact the way you lead and follow.

Wait, don't throw that away!: Reducing Food Waste
Wednesday, April 21, 1 - 2 p.m. | Register
During this session, participants will learn a series of recipes designed to utilize common forms of food waste. Along the way, information will be provided about Campus Kitchen, food waste in the United States, and the environmental consequences of throwing food into the garbage.

APIDAs in Government
Thursday, April 22, 2 - 3 p.m. | Register
Hosted by the Asian Cultural Engagement Center and VT Engage, this event will feature APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) leaders who will share their experiences of what it means to be APIDA, highlight their political positions, and discuss their political advocacy. Featured panelists include Virginia State Senator Ghazala F. Hashmi; Jimmy Rhee, Special Secretary of the Maryland Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs; Virginia Delegate Sam Rasoul; and Virginia Delegate Kathy K.L. Tran.

What is service learning?
Thursday, April 22, 3 - 4 p.m. | Register
The complexity of our global, interconnected society poses us all with some challenging questions: what is my connection to social problems? What can I do to be a part of resolving them? In this interactive workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about service learning through an exploration of the Active Citizens Continuum.

Accessible Communication Considerations
Thursday, April 29, 12 - 1:15 p.m. | Register
In this workshop, learn tangible ways to make communication, particularly in marketing, more accessible, how to avoid common accessibility mistakes, language to use when discussing the disability community, and more.