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CBL Talks

Spring 2023 CBL Talks

The Office of Community-Based Learning (CBL) in collaboration with various campus partners, is pleased to offer a new series of "CBL Talks" in the Spring 2023 semester. The goal of these CBL Talks is to provide University students with information and insights into some of the major challenges and opportunities facing the Scranton area and how they can be part of positive change. This spring's talks will focus on: Black History and Housing in Scranton; Environmental Health; and the Living Wage Study 2022 Report. Please see tabs below for more information and registration. 

Each of the CBL Talks will be offered as a live session with Q&A during the spring semester. These sessions will also be recorded to serve as a resource for CBL courses. For more information please email community@scranton.edu .

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About CBL Talks

The Office of Community-Based Learning (CBL) in collaboration with various campus partners, is pleased to offer a "CBL Talks." Launched in the Spring 2021 semester, the goal of these CBL Talks is to provide University students with information and insights into some of the major challenges and opportunities facing the Scranton area and how they can be part of positive change. Each of the CBL Talks is offered as a live session with Q&A during the spring semester, which is also recorded to serve as a resource for CBL courses. Below are past CBL Talk recordings and resources that can be utilized in CBL courses. For more information please email community@scranton.edu .

Past CBL Talks

Spring 2022 CBL Talk

This spring, the Office of Community-Based Learning will offer an encore of its "CBL Talks" offerings with a community-based learning talk focusing on youth in Scranton on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 7 pm. There will also be a new "CBL Walk" on Friday, Apr. 22 at 3 pm, offering University of Scranton studnets an opportunity to explore the West Scranton neighborhood of our city. 

Spring 2022 CBL Talk: Youth in Scranton

This spring's CBL Talk will took place on Wednesday, February 16 at 7 pm in the Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall. This CBL Talk featured community leaders from the Scranton School District and NEPA Youth Shelter who work with K-12 youth in the local area. They discussed the programs they run and the challenges, hopes and dreams of the youth they encounter along the way. The city’s youth population represents the diversity of the community, faces poverty at a high rate, has endured the pandemic as children, and are posed to inherit a world with many difficulties, including global climate change. This talk will align with the Jesuit universal apostolic preference “Journey with Youth” in which Superior General, Fr. Arturo Sosa, S.J., has called on all of us to “accompany young people in the creation of a hope-filled future”.

The recording of this CBL Talk is available for CBL faculty and students. Please email cbl@scranton.edu

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Sponsored by the Office of Community-Based Learning in collaboration with the Office of Community Relations, the Center for Service and Social Justice, and the Jesuit Center

About The Presenters

Mina M Ardestani, Principal, McNichols Plaza Elementary and Founder, Presence from PrisonMina Ardestani is a proud mother, an administrator, and founder of a local non-profit organization. She is serving her fourth year as principal of McNichols Plaza Elementary School in Scranton, PA bringing almost 15 years experience as a classroom educator and administrator. Mina is a lifelong learner with a passion for education at all levels. She received her Bachelor of Art in Spanish from Temple University, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Kings College, and a Master of Science in School Leadership from Marywood University. She is currently completing her Superintendent Certification and is a doctoral candidate at Delaware Valley University. In addition to her role as an instructional leader within Scranton, she has been serving the children of Lackawanna County since 2016 through her non-profit, Presence from Prison. By distributing gifts to children from their incarcerated parents during the holidays, her goal is to give children solace knowing that although their parents are absent, they are still present in their lives. Mina is a Scranton residetn committed to serving and supporting the children of our community by providing a safe and welcoming environment where students can thrive socially, emotionally, and academically.

 

Maureen Maher-Gray, Executive Director & Founder, NEPA Youth Shelter Maureen Maher-Gray is a proud graduate of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington (GO ZAGS!) so she has been rooted in social justice for many years. Her history includes working with students at St. Aloysius Grade School and Gonzaga Prep to model the principles of St. Ignatius. When Maureen moved to Pennsylvania in 2009, she worked with a variety of issue organizations like Moms Demand Action (gun violence prevention) and Equality Pennsylvania (LGBT civil rights). These experiences, particularly meeting youth affected by these issues, inspired her to create her own nonprofit. She is the Executive Director and Founder of the NEPA Youth Shelter dedicated to serving low-income, at-risk teens, including LGBTQIA teens. She is also the ED of the Rapid Rehousing Program for homeless teens ages 18-21, providing resources and support to teens so they can finish high school.  


 

Spring 2021 CBL Talks

The Office of Community-Based Learning (CBL) in collaboration with various campus partners, is pleased to offer a series of "CBL Talks" in the Spring 2021 semester. The goal of these CBL Talks is to provide University students with information and insights into some of the major challenges and opportunities facing the Scranton area and how they can be part of positive change. 

Each of the CBL Talks will be offered as a live session with Q&A during the spring semester. These session will also be recorded to serve as a resource for CBL courses. For more information please email community@scranton.edu .

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