Caroline Kravitz ’19 writes in:
Join us for Wesleyan Refugee Project‘s second annual ‘Advocacy Week’! Throughout the week, various artists and activists will be visiting campus to perform and speak about storytelling through art. Events include film screenings, panels, fundraisers, and performances by local artists. This week is intended to spark conversations both on and beyond Wesleyan’s campus about art as a form of activism, empowerment, or other times as exploitation. By raising these questions, we hope to re-examine our definitions of crisis, activism, art, and agency. We also hope to think critically about how we frame and engage with one another’s voices.
A brief outline of the lineup of events is as follows:
Mon. April 22nd:
‘Greening the Camps’ Conference call and lunch: 12-1pm
‘Another News Story’ Film screening: 7-8:30 pm
Tues. April 23rd:
‘Know Your Rights’ Training: 12:15-1pm
‘Art & Ethics’ Panel and dinner: 5:30-7pm
Weds. April 24th:
Film-Aid Short Film Screenings & Fundraiser Dinner: 6-8pm
Thurs. April 25th:
‘Matangi/Maya/M.I.A’ Documentary Screening: 7-8:30 pm
Fri. April 26th:
‘Post Advocacy Week Round Table Discussion’: 12-1pm
**Be sure to check out our flyer, in addition to individual facebook event pages/posts as next week approaches!**
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Date: Monday, April 22 – Friday, April 26
Time and Place vary per event. Check out the Facebook Event for more information!
“Don’t take pictures of them. They won’t show up in the photo.”
What’s the easiest way to get Wes students to buy lemonade for a charitable cause? Recruit the Skull & Serpent, of course. Members of the semi-secret society teamed up with members of the Wesleyan Refugee Project this afternoon, selling lemonade outside of the ominous Tomb.
Fellow editor wilk received an invite to the lemonade stand in his inbox, and mistakingly thought at first that it was an invitation to join Skull & Serpent. (Better luck next time, buddy.) The message said there’d be a lemonade stand outside of the Tomb starting at 1:03pm (yes, really), and proceeds would be benefiting Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS).
I had class at 1:20, but on my way over I swung by this mysterious operation. Skull & Serpent members are never seen in their full costumes outside of the Tomb (apart from this shenanigans), let alone in broad daylight. If they were dying from heat exhaustion underneath those black robes and masks, they weren’t showing it. They also weren’t especially stoic, either; they chattered away at anyone who approached the stand, all of them masking their voices with what can only be described as a cross between a Blues Clues and a Mickey Mouse impression.
Apart from the lemonade stand that appeared outside Michael Roth’s office a few weeks ago (in protest of low-income students not receiving enough financial aid), this was the coolest one I’ve seen on campus. Honestly, the more lemonade stands at Wes in springtime, the better. Just…maybe don’t make all of them this demonic.
Libby Salzman-Fiske ’19, Caroline Kravitz ’19, and Sahar Shaikh ’17
Note: The information found in this feature was recorded in early to mid-February. Immigration and refugee policies in the United States are still in flux under the Trump administration, and the exact details regarding immigration laws and their enforcement may have changed since these interviews were conducted.
Since the Wesleyan Refugee Project (WRP) was founded in the Fall 2015, the volunteer organization has been hard at work in their contributions to resettlement programs, legal aid, tutoring services, and fundraising events. We spoke to one of the group’s founders, Casey Smith ’17, last September. Since then, it’s become even more difficult for refugees to enter the United States under Trump’s new immigration policies, and the future for refugee resettlement in the US is uncertain.
This semester, I spoke to several different members of the WRP, all in different leadership positions. I asked each of them how they got involved with WRP, what the group is focusing on this semester, and how other students can volunteer and participate. Read their stories after the jump:
Ever since Trump’s #MuslimBan, many Wesleyan students have come together asking what we can do as a community to help those who are (currently) affected by the Executive Order. The Wesleyan Refugee Project—in conjunction with the Middle Eastern Student’s Union, the Allbritton Center, and the Muslim Student Association—held a training session for Wesleyan and the community, where we heard from two amazing speakers who provided resources and information for those who were seeking advice on how to help the refugees who cannot enter the country.
STAR & CRESCENT RESTAURANT
Located at the Alpha Delta Phi House
DINNER- 5:00- 6:45
FIRST THREE FRESHMEN EAT FREE EVERY DAY!!!
Fundraising Week at the Star and Crescent
In the wake of the election, we at the S&C want to extend an invitation to anyone feeling scared, frustrated, or outright angry. We have always endeavored to try and make the restaurant a safe, comfortable space that promotes dialogue and discussion over some tasty food. But, it is more important now than ever to make a concerted effort to support the marginalized communities most affected by recent events. Therefore, this week, we will be collecting donations for a different charity at every meal (of course, any and all contributions to these fundraisers are optional and left to your discretion). If you cannot make it to one of the week’s fundraisers, but would still like to contribute, we will post links to the sites where you can donate to the organizations directly. We hope you will join us in breaking bread and spreading awareness about a few wonderful causes.
Descriptions of the organizations and their websites are listed at the bottom.
This is part of our In Depth series, where we highlight the activities and people behind new student groups and/or student groups that might go somewhat under-the-radar. You can read the rest here.
The Wesleyan Refugee Project (WRP) was founded in the Fall of 2015 and had a very busy and successful inaugural year. I sat down with Casey Smith ’17, who helped to found WRP to find out more about their founding, what they’re working on now, and how new students can get involved.
More things happening TODAY, this one from Vina Vo ’18:
Mabuhay is the annual Asian/Asian-American performance art show, happening during WesFest. This year, in collaboration with the Asian American Student Collective, there will be a visual arts showcase as well! Bring your prefrosh!!
Doors open at 7:45pm for early viewing of the visual arts showcase. Performance starts at 8pm.
Refreshments will be sold and all proceeds will go towards the Wesleyan Refugee Project supporting the Collateral Repair Project (CRP) in Jordan. Cash and Venmo accepted!
Date: Thursday, April 14 — TONIGHT
Time: 7:45-9:30 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
PSA from Casey Smith ’17:
Have you been hearing about the global refugee crisis in the news lately and wondering how you can help out? Are you into international relations and community service?
The Wesleyan Refugee Project (WRP) is seeking volunteers for a new initiative supporting the Connecticut refugee community and bringing awareness to the current worldwide refugee crisis.
Members will have the opportunity to volunteer with refugees at Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS), a nonprofit organization in New Haven that resettles refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo, Sudan, and numerous other countries. The Wesleyan Refugee Project will also hold fundraisers and speakers from local and international refugee organizations throughout the year.
If you have questions, contact Casey Smith at cksmith[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or Cole Phillips at cdphillips[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
Date: Tuesday, September 22nd
Time: 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
Place: Usdan 110