Kimberly Torres, CSU STEM VISTA Member 2016-17 CSU Long Beach, drew attention to resources for undocumented people through an on-campus film screening. Here, she describes what it took to pull it all together.
What is the documentary about?
The documentary, Clínica de Migrantes, follows the stories of undocumented persons living in southern Philadelphia and the struggles they face when it comes to obtaining any form of healthcare.
How did you get the funding for the documentary and event?
My supervisor and I discussed what the process would be like being in charge of the event, the event itself, and the outcomes we would like to see. Once we had a basic plan of the event we asked BUILD and other student and campus partners if they would co-sponsor the event, which they agreed to do. I contacted the Long Beach Trauma and Recovery Center, Center for Latino and Community Health, Health Resource Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, Health Services Student Association, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs to participate in a panel discussion after the event to discuss the resources available to students on campus. Community health organizations were also invited to speak about the health services they provide to Long Beach residents. Continue reading
Written By Emily Liptow, CSU STEM VISTA Member 2015-17 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
I remember quite clearly a moment early in my undergraduate studies when I first became distraught at the social-technical divide that pervades our education system and society at large. I was excited to be taking one of my very first Industrial Engineering classes where we were exposed to some of the basic principles of the field. In one of the first weeks of class, our professor provided a brief history of Industrial Engineering, introducing us to Frederick Taylor who is considered the father of the field. Taylor is known for his contributions to industrial efficiency and development of time studies and Scientific Management.
Just a few weeks after learning about Taylor in my engineering class, we met again in a very different context. I was taking a class on the sociology of work and employment, and we had just begun learning about the formation of unions around the time of the industrial revolution. We learned of the abuses many workers faced as manufacturing companies focused on production, efficiency, and the bottom line. Taylor’s ideology of management largely contributed to the dehumanization of workers, reducing them to cogs within the manufacturing process. Continue reading
Name: Kimberly Torres
Host Site: California State University, Long Beach BUILD
Alma Mater: California State University, Fullerton
Major: Political Science
Background: Since my freshman year of high school, I had a clear understanding of what I wanted to do in life. Fast forward to the junior year of my undergraduate career, I had mixed feelings about my major and career choice. I dedicated my undergraduate career to studying political science in order to learn the law and the inner workings of the government while pursuing a law degree. Continue reading