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Model United Nations Team Receives Prestigious Award in Atlanta, GA.

Model United Nations team receives award in Atlanta, GA.

St. Petersburg College’s Model United Nations team received the Distinguished Delegation Award at the Southern Regional Model United Nations (SRMUN) Conference held on November 15-17 in Atlanta, GA. Distinguished Delegation is the received by delegations that place in the top 10%. Cooper Hochstetler and Kingsley Coleman also received an Outstanding Delegation award. The SPC delegation represented the State of Qatar.

College and university students from around the Southeast country attend SRMUN conferences. At conference, students work in committees to address regional and global issues and adopt resolutions that detail solutions to issues. Schools are assigned country to represent and the delegates must remain in character as they discuss issues from perspective of assigned country. The SRMUN conference also included a special crisis committee simulation of the League of Arab States. Overall, students spend many hours researching history of assigned country, committee topics, and position of country on committee topics. All in all, MUN veterans Chris Stansel & Shemar McKoy led a team that included 8 brand new members. They did outstanding work and we are very proud of their leadership. We continue to be very proud of all MUN members for their strong efforts and dedication to improving their academic skills through out-of-classroom experiences.

Some committee topics addressed:

Addressing the Challenges to Accessing Vaccines
Increased Prevalence of Non-Communicable Diseases in Developing Member States

Addressing the Role of Transnational Organized Crime Groups in Human Trafficking
Combating the Threat of Cyberterrorism

Migration and its Effects on Economic Development
Humanitarian Relief in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters

Expanding UN-Based Green Energy Infrastructure Programs in Developing Member States
Promoting Global Collaboration in Combating Rising Sea Levels due to Climate Change

 

Dr. Randy Lightfoot and Dr. William Fleming traveled with the team. Additional MUN faculty members who assist students in preparing for conferences include Dr. Douglas Rivero, Dr. Roberto Loureiro, Professor Kim Jackson and Professor Roy Slater.

Visit the SPC Model United Nations Facebook page for pictures from Atlanta conference and other MUN conferences.

Attached are some pictures of the students in action.

Model United Nations Team Wins Awards

Model United Nations

St. Petersburg College’s Model United Nations team received the Distinguished Delegation Award at the National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference held on November 9-11 in Washington, DC. Distinguished Delegation is received by delegations that place in the top 10 percent.

Model United NationsChris Kiyaseh and Joanna Wilkins also received an Outstanding Position Paper award, which is awarded to students who place in the top three percent of their committees. The SPC delegation represented the Republic of Rwanda.

College and university students from around the country attend NMUN conferences, where they work in committees to address regional and global issues and adopt resolutions that detail solutions to issues. Schools are assigned a country to represent, and the delegates must remain in character as they discuss issues from the perspective of their assigned country. Overall, students spend many hours researching committee topics, along with their country’s history and position on the committee topics. They must also attend committee practice sessions.

Our students do outstanding work at MUN conferences. We are extremely proud of them for their hard work and dedication. They are excellent ambassadors for the MUN Program and St. Petersburg College.

Some committee topics addressed:

Increasing the Role of Civil Society in Sustainable Development
Natural Disasters and Climate Change: Mitigating the Effects
Addressing the Use of Chemical Weapons
The Role of Emerging Technologies in International Security and Disarmament
Protecting the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Emergencies
Treatment and Prevention of HIV/AIDS
Mitigating the Impact of Environmental Health Risks
Expanding Protection for Victims of Gender-Based Violence
Protecting Migrants from the Threat of Human Trafficking
Economic Integration of Migrants

Students also had the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational excursions. The team received a tour of Congress by Congressman Bilirakis’ office and had the opportunity to visit the State Department. They discussed career opportunities and learned about Rwanda from a Foreign Service officer from the Bureau of African Affairs.

Model United NationsProfessor Kim Jackson traveled with the team and me. Additional MUN faculty members who assist students in preparing for conferences include Dr. Roberto Loureiro, Dr. Randy Lightfoot, Dr. William Fleming and Professor Roy Slater.

Visit the SPC Model United Nations Facebook page for pictures from DC and other MUN conferences.

Social & Behavioral Sciences Career Summit

The Social & Behavioral Sciences and Human Services Department will be hosting a Career Summit on Tuesday, October 9th from 530 to 830 PM. The event will be held in the Gibbs Campus, SS Lobby.  Pizza will be provided!!

This is a great opportunity for students to meet local employers and participate in career workshops. Some of these workshops include such topics as resume writing, interviewing techniques, internships, civic engagement and how to obtain a job with a challenging background. Even more, students will have the chance to get professional head shots that they can utilize for their LinkedIn page. Finally, City Council Member Steve Cornell will be on hand to discuss some of the job opportunities that are available for students in the Social Science and Human Services. In fact, Steve is both is social worker and a city councilor. Thus, he marries the best of the social sciences and human services in an effort to give back to the community. He is also motivated to inspire our students to be passionate about the Social Sciences.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/896745587380493/

To RSVP, click here:

http://web.spcollege.edu/survey/26895

CNN Commentator Bakari Sellers will be coming to SPC for 2 Civic Forums

CNN Commentator Bakari Sellers will be coming to SPC for Social and Behavioral Sciences Week. He will be participating in 2 forums! His talks will be titled Making Democracy Work- The State of Our Politics. Bakari Sellers represented the 90th district of the lower house of the South Carolina state legislature from 2006 to 2014. He accomplished this feat in dramatic fashion given that he was just 22 years old when he defeated a longtime incumbent. Thus, he became the youngest representative in the South Carolina state legislature. As someone who is just 34 years old and is a millennial with additional policy aspirations, this will be a great opportunity for our students to engage with a dynamic and groundbreaking speaker.

CNN correspondent Bakari Sellers comes to SPC

The 1st event is Student-only (free as well) and will be held at American Stage from 12:00 to 1:30 pm at the DT Campus on October 10th.

Please click here to register.
https://web.spcollege.edu/survey/27253

The second event will be held at the Seminole Campus on the same day from 6 to 8pm. This event is open to the entire community.

Click here to register:
https://solutions.spcollege.edu/events/making-democracy-work-the-state-of-politics-today-and-where-we-are-headed/

April Community Engagement Events for Social & Behavioral Sciences

The Social & Behavioral Sciences & Human Services Department is proud to conclude the Spring 2018 semester with a variety of community engagement events.  A timely forum & film on sexual harassment titled You Are The One starts things off on Thursday, April 19. The film will be shown at the Seminole Campus (UP303) at 3pm and is presented by the PSI BETA Honor Society. They are the resident psychology honor society at the Seminole Campus.

Following up on Thursday, April 26th is a forum on autism. Indeed, this forum will be held on Autism Awareness Day and is titled Fostering a Community of Care. This title is extremely appropriate given that President Williams’ vision for SPC revolves around creating a community of care. The forum will be held at the American Stage Theatre at the DT Campus and will be led by Dr. Mark Durand, USF Professor. Dr. Durant is an expert on autism disorders who has published over 15 books on the subject. His research focuses on establishing models in order to better understand autism behavior. The forum promtly begins at 230pm.

Lastly, come learn more about Ancient African Civilizations at the Carter Woodson Museum in St. Petersburg. The event is on Saturday, April 28. The St. Petersburg Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) will be showing a film that documents the rich history and legacy of Ancient African Civilizations. The event begins at 10am and is open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Douglas Rivero @ 727-394-6948 or rivero.douglas@spcollege.edu. Additional info can be found below:

https://spcollege.facebook.com/groups/1844222962531700/

 

SBS Community Week Highlights

We are proud to announce that Community Week for the Social & Behavioral Sciences was very successful! Faculty, students and guest speakers participated in a variety of educational forums.

On Monday, March 26th, students at the Clearwater campus enjoyed a riveting presentation by Ben Montgomery from the Tampa Bay Times. He discussed the importance of the press and investigative reporting in helping to document and correct social injustices. Some examples of his amazing work in this area include his reporting on the human rights abuses that took place at the Dozier/Florida School for Boys as well as an extensive analysis of police shootings in the state of Florida. Tying past and present, Ben explained that racial discrimination is a part of Florida history that must be addressedFinally, Ben discussed the importance of supporting local newspapers, such as the Tampa Bay Times. He chronicled how big corporations have bought out many local papers. In their quest for quick profits for their shareholders, corporations have eviscerated investigate reporting. He worries that this is a threat to democracy. This was part of the 2018 SPC Reads Author Series. Several talented local authors were selected for this prestigious honor.
However, SBSHS was lucky to have a 2nd SPC Reads Author participate. Professor Sheree L. Greer gave a dynamic, engaging and fun presentation at the Gibbs Campus on Wednesday, March 28th. Entitled “Point of View Matters: Just Like Black Lives”, Sheree pushed students to consider views from a variety of marginalized perspectives. As such, she discussed several powerful cases (such as Trayvon Martin) in which the dominant narrative ignored the voices of minority groups. Many more examples can be found in her new book that is entitled “A Return to Arms.” Sheree concluded with a hopeful message about the importance of engaging in activist causes. Whether it is direct action or simply providing a meal to people who are going to a march, no action is too small. Above all, be kind and listen to your fellow man with civility and respect.
Students from the Social & Behavioral Sciences also participated in several forums.  On March 27th, Savannah Strandlof delivered an excellent presentation about the SPC Model UN team to a group of interested students at the Seminole campus.
She discussed her experiences with MUN, the process for applying for the team and the amazing work that students do at domestic and international conferences. At the DT Campus,  Micheal Sporck (another MUN student) also discussed his experiences with the MUN team at the Galapagos Islands. He discussed how this amazing outside the classroom experience has done wonders for his resume.
SBSHS Week concluded with a SBSHS Faculty Interdisciplinary Discussion & Career Conversation on Thursday, March 29th. A variety of panelists engaged in a spirited discussion regarding such issues as race relations, drugs, incarceration, poverty and gun control.  They did so in an interdisciplinary way as we had a variety of disciplines represented. These included Government, Psychology, Criminology, History and SLS. Kudos to faculty members Sara Brzezinski, Bledar Prifti, Boris Damianov, Brian Turnbull and Cynthia Fox. The panel was moderated by Dr. Douglas Rivero, chair of SBSHS at Seminole. Dr. Joseph Smiley, Dean of SBSHS, was also on hand to support the panelists.

Community Week for Social & Behavioral Sciences: Student & Faculty Presentations

Community Week Model UN Student Presentations flier

Community Week for the Social & Behavioral Sciences & Human Services Department begins on Monday, March 26. This is an opportunity to meet students and faculty as they discuss some of the amazing programs and career opportunities that we have in the Social & Behavioral Sciences & Human Services Department.

Community Week – Model UN Student Presentations

Community Week Model UN Student Presentations flierOn March 27, Model United Nations students will be discussing our award-winning MUN program. The MUN team is an academic travel team that competes at domestic and international conferences. These include conferences in  Gainesville, Washington DC, New York City, as well as international conferences. MUN students engage in research, make presentations, and learn key collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.

As a special treat, SPC MUN students will be on hand to discuss their personal experiences with the program.

Savannah Strandlof, who participated at NMUN NY 2017, will be at the Seminole Campus. Michael Sporck, who participated at NMUN Galapagos 2018, will be at SPC Downtown. Both award-winning students will discuss what it takes to make the team and the amazing experiences that they had. From learning about global issues and improving key academic skills to making lifelong friends, this an excellent opportunity to enhance your resume.

Free food and beverages will be provided!

For more information, please contact rivero.douglas@spcollege.edu.

A Night of Conversation: Major Issues & Career Opportunities

Community Week A Night of Conversation flierCommunity Week for the Social & Behavioral Sciences & Human Services Department concludes on Thursday, March 29 , at the Seminole Digitorium.

Faculty from the Social & Behavioral Sciences & Human Services Department will be discussing major domestic and international issues from a variety of perspectives. These include race relations, inequality, gun violence, immigration, incarceration and international conflict. In addition, faculty will also be discussing career opportunities within their respective disciplines. They will provide key advice and discuss some of the emerging trends and career paths of which students should be keenly aware.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Bledar Prifti: Political Science
  • Professor Sara Brzezinski: Psychology
  • Professor Brian Turnbull: Political Science
  • Professor Boris Damianov: SLS
  • Professor Cynthia Fox: History & SLS

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Douglas Rivero, Chair of Social & Behavioral Sciences at the Seminole Campus. The vent begins at 7 p.m. in the Seminole Digitorium.

Come ask any and all questions! 

 

Community Week for Social & Behavioral Sciences: Powerful Guest Speakers

Community Week for the Social & Behavioral Sciences & Human Services Department begins on Monday, March 26. This is an opportunity to meet students, faculty and community leaders who understand the power and significance of the social sciences and the study of human behavior.  As such, Social & Behavioral Sciences & Human Services is proud to present two amazing guest speakers. Both of these speakers are part of the 2018 SPC Reads Outstanding Author series.

Tampa Bay Times award-winning reporter Ben Montgomery is coming to the Clearwater Campus on Monday, March 26. His presentation is entitled the Media & Social Justice. From his hew book, The Leper Spy: The Story of an Unlikely Hero of World War II, to his hard hitting stories on equity issues when it comes to policing in the Tampa Bay area, Ben has the history and credentials to lead this timely discussion.

Info: Monday, 26 at 9:30 a.m. at the Clearwater Campus ES Building, Room 104.

SBS Community Week continues with SPC Faculty member and author Sheree Greer coming to the Gibbs Campus to make a presentation entitled, The Psychology of Social Activism for Marginalized Groups. This is a fascinating topic that merges psychology, social activism and social justice. Given recent events with the #MeToo movement, this should be a very interesting conversation.

Greer is the author of two novels, including A Return to Arms, a short story collection, and a student writing guide. She is also the founder of Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center, a local non-profit organization supporting the work of women writers of color. Professor Greer teaches creative writing, composition, and literature at the Gibbs campus.

This event is happening on Wednesday, March 28 at 11 a.m. in the Community Library, Room 101.

2018 Heritage Lectures Series is Coming!!

Come join us at the 2018 Heritage Lecture Series! Dynamic and engaging speakers will discuss race, ethics and a variety of other topics on African-American affairs. Get involved & be prepared to be challenged! Don’t miss this opportunity!

The Heritage Lecture Series will begin Sunday, February 11th kicking off with Dr. Yohuru Williams at Greater Mt. Zion AME Church at 11am. On Monday, February 12th at 7pm, Paul Porter and Wilmer Leon will be the keynotes at the SPC Allstate Center. To conclude the Heritage Lecture Series on Tuesday, February 13th at 7pm at the SPC Allstate Center, Dr. Shantella Sherman and Dr. Jeffrianne Wilder will close it out.

This event is sponsored by Duke Energy, Pinellas County Schools and St. Petersburg College.

Please see the snips below for additional information! You can also email me at rivero.douglas@spcollege.edu

SPC MUN Team Captures Outstanding Delegation at NMUN Galapagos!

St. Petersburg College’s Model UN team received the Outstanding Delegation Award at NMUN Galapagos this past January.  The conference was held from January 7-11 in San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos Islands. SPC students represented the country of Ukraine.

In an effort to help solve critical global environmental problems, students from around the world met in the Galapagos, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. There was simply no better location to hold this conference given the variety of endemic species that call this island home and the protections that are necessary to keep them on this Earth for future generations.  As such, students sharpened key academic skills as they engaged in extensive research, wrote position papers, drafted resolutions and made presentations.

 

Some committee topics addressed were:

  • The Impact of Climate Change on Peace and Security
  • Environmental Migration as a Concern for Peace and Security
  • Management and Reduction of Waste in Urban Areas
  • Development of Eco-friendly Technology for the Protection of Oceans and Seas
  • Promotion of Sustainable Industrial Development and Innovation in Rural Areas
  • Implementing SDG 6: Ensure Availability and Sustainable Management of Water and Sanitation for All
  • Comprehensive Review of the Standards for Sites to be Included in the World Heritage List
  • Community Engagement for the Protection of Cities and Towns Listed as World Heritage Sites
  • Management and Control of Urbanization and Tourism in Protected Areas
  • Sustainable Transportation between Urban and Rural Zones

The students who traveled were Arbnora Abdulla, Frida De La Torre Castro, Michael Sporck, Chris Stansel and Chris Kisayeh.

Besides engaging ins stimulating academic debates, students also participated in a variety of civic engagement projects throughout San Cristobal Island. Finally, students were able to enjoy some down time and enjoy the native biodiversity.

Professor Roy Slater (Lead Faculty Advisor) and Dr. Douglas Rivero  traveled with the team. Additional MUN Faculty members include Dr. Roberto Loureiro, Dr. Kim Jackson and Dr. William Fleming.

Visit the SPC Model United Nations Facebook page for additional pictures from this NMUN conference and other MUN conferences.