Global Engagement & Ethics


Expanding the Conversation: Sexual and Domestic Violence and the LGBTQ+ Community

Expanding the Conversation: Sexual and Domestic Violence and the LGBTQ+ Community presented by Arcadia alumni Alexandra Araujo Gonzalez (2014 Cohort) on February 18th at 7:30pm.

The conversation around abuse and violence has already begun, and as it grows, we reflect on who is included in those conversations and who is left unseen. So, let’s expand the conversation! What is the impact of Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence on LGBTQ+ survivors? What are the barriers that prevent them from accessing resources and supports? And what can we do moving forward?

Green Vision: Seeing Green, Thinking Green, Doing Green

Seeing Green, Thinking Green, Going Green presented by Thiel alumni Crystal Durachko (2017 cohort) on January 21st at 7:30pm.

Lets talk sustainability! How can we incorporate small changes into our everyday lives that can help take care of ourselves and the planet?

Moving Past 2020

Join us for our next webinar, Moving Past 2020 Vision presented by Pitt Bradford alumni Akiré Hoots (2017 cohort) on November 19th at 7:30pm.
Hindsight is 2020, it’s time to look forward. Let’s gather together to discuss our realities and share our dreams as we look towards the future. Register here today!

Finding, Raising, & Projecting Your Voice

Join us for our next webinar on October 15, 7:30-9:00pm. This discussion will be facilitated by Temple Viras Dominique DeSilva (2012), Christine Boegemann (2012), and Geneva Heffernan (2017). In this webinar, we will discuss experiences in our life where we have felt our voices stifled, strengthened, silenced, encouraged, and so on.  We may uncover some of the social constructs built around taming and/or freeing one's' voice.  Feel free to also share performances, artwork, video and music clips, etc. which represent finding, understanding, using, and raising our voices.  Remember, anything is worth sharing and you are the expert of your own experience. 

Our community is built on five principles: Community Artivism through Reflection,Encouragement, and Support  

Community: We choose to create a space where all are welcome to try, learn, and share their love of arts and culture with one another.
Artivism: Use your art and/or personal experiences to show others how you interpret the topic.
Reflection: Asking thoughtful and critical questions allows us to learn and respond critically as a community.
Encouragement: Positivity is key! Appreciate the courage it takes for a peer to share and show love in the chat.
Support: Active listening is an important part of creating a supportive community.

Summer Webinar Series Interview 

Check out an interview with 2018 Vira Laura Gooding that debriefs the summer webinar series and explores her experience with VIH, Amizade, and life as a graduate student.  

Ethical & Virtual Service Learning

The VIH community is excited to launch its third and final webinar: Ethical Service Learning featuring Waynesburg Vira Maranda Valentino.  This webinar series constitutes an ongoing partnership with our friends at Amizade! In this workshop, participants were able to compare and contrast service learning models, and identify elements that create ethical and responsible service learning experiences. This webinar was produced in collaboration with Amizade. To view a recording of this webinar, click here.

Ethical & Virtual Social Action

During this webinar, we came together as a community to consider questions around continuing our engagement in the COVID era, primarily through virtual forums.  We considered questions such as ‘What does virtual social action look like?’ ‘How do I engage in virtual social action in an ethical way?’ ‘How do I harness the power of connection and community in spite of, or perhaps because of, the physical distance between us. Our featured VIH guest speaker was 2013 cohort member Brittany Reyes. This webinar was produced in collaboration with Amizade. To view a recording of this webinar, click here. 

Ethical & Virtual Global Storytelling

Our first webinar focused on Ethical Storytelling, and highlighted the perspectives of our 2011 Chatham Vira, Natalie Vazquez!  We considered questions such as ‘why is storytelling in an ethical way important?’  ‘How do you approach this?’ ‘How does ethical storytelling influence your relationship with others?’ And finally, ‘What, if anything would you do differently in terms of your own storytelling moving forward in the future.’ This webinar was produced in collaboration with Amizade. To watch a recording of this webinar, click here.