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Fall 2014 | Volume 12, Issue 1
BEYOND THE SELFIE by Yessame Alemu, CLAS ‘15 Over 200 students and staff from colleges and universities around Connecticut attended the Beyond the Selfie Conference.
On Friday, November 14th, Community Outreach, in collaboration with Connecticut Campus Compact, hosted a conference called “Beyond the Selfie: Linking Identity, Community, and Social Change” on the UConn-Storrs campus. The conference gave students the opportunity to examine their motivations for service, social justice, and change, and helped increase their knowledge and skills to positively impact their campuses, communities, and the world. “We are the purpose generation, we are the beyond the selfie generation.” - Cosmo
The all-day event included a keynote speaker, workshops, and a photo contest where students had the opportunity to show how they work for social change in their communities. Workshops ranged in topics from how to have a meaningful alternative break to how to build an inclusive environment. The workshops provided insight and a safe space for those dedicated to service and change. Community Outreach student leaders John Gerrity and Sarah Purtill, as well as the students from the Gender and Sexuality Committee, were among the presenters at the conference. Keynote speaker Cosmo Fujiyama told her inspiring Cosmo Fujiyama story of service, which included developing and co-founding the non-profit organization, Students Helping Honduras, an education nonprofit in the Republic of Honduras. “We are the purpose generation...we are the beyond the selfie generation.” After listening and learning to the speakers and presenters, the John Gerrity, CO Student Coordinator take away message became quite clear. Though the title “Beyond the Selfie” may take on different meanings to different people, we can all still go 1 beyond ourselves to help serve the community.