A winter clothing drive, which was an idea born in the Social Justice Club, contributed over 150 warm items for underprivileged families in North Lake Tahoe.
Sierra Nevada College Senior Kelly Benson has organized the coat drive for the past two years. After collecting items for six weeks at five drop-off locations, the warm clothing was distributed by Project Mana on Dec. 17. An article about SNC’s gift to the community was published Dec. 23, 2014, in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza.
Kelly is majoring in Global Business Management, but has a strong interest in sustainability and social justice.
“I thought that it would be really interesting to learn about even if it’s not the career path that I choose, because it includes things that you can implement into your daily life,” Benson said. “And so, coming here and having that be a major, and knowing that I could just learn what it means to be sustainable. Then, my mind was blown when I learned about Social Sustainability, because I didn’t even think about that before I got here. I started thinking holistically about the term, the environment and the people.”
Justice Club adviser Brennan Lagasse hopes to rally enough students in the fall to continue Kelly’s work for next year’s warm clothing drive.
On Dec. 18, 2013 Sierra Nevada College’s newly founded Justice Club distributed over 150 items of warm winter clothing to underprivileged families in the Kings Beach area.
The Justice Club hosted a coat drive at various locations throughout Incline Village, including Sierra Nevada College, Raley’s and IV Coffee Lab for a month in the fall. The quality and quantity of donations far exceeded the clubs’ goals and provided an array of items, such as women’s ski coats and professional blazers, children’s snow onesies, and men’s technical backcountry ski gear.
Students from the Society and Sustainability capstone course and the Justice Club listen to passionate opinions by members of the Nevada County Peace Center.
By Kelly Benson
Students in the Society and Sustainability capstone course and members of the Justice Club joined Professor Brennan Lagasse on a field trip Nov. 19 to meet with members of the Nevada County Peace Center.
This trip gave students the opportunity to see first-hand how the topics of justice, peace, and equality could transfer from classroom discussion to real world examples. For several hours different members of the Peace Center spoke on their topics of interest, ranging from climate change, GMO labeling, activism in the form of non-violence, action through artistic expression, and changes in policy. It was evident that the speakers were very passionate about their work, and excited to share with a group of young, motivated students.
Samantha Van Ruiten, a student in the capstone course shared, “I’m inspired by the actions and knowledge of the ladies at the Peace and Justice Center in Nevada City. I think it is important to see and interact with those type of organizations, because it’s one thing to discuss this in class but another to meet and talk to people who are involved and a part of these social movements.”