Dr. Wendy Lascell and Geography Majors Present at Volunteerism Conference

Four geography majors accompanied by Dr. Wendy Lascell gave a presentation at the CSRC’s annual Volunteerism Conference on November 5th, 2016. The presentation entitled “Getting Dirty in New Orleans” was led by Jaclyn Courter (’17), Phillip Riccobono (’18), Keri Surita (’18), and Yesenia Trujillo (’17). Accompanied by Wendy Lascell, and co-led by Anita Levine (’15) and Linda Drake (’16), students conducted service-learning projects in the Lower 9th Ward, an impoverished neighborhood devastated by Hurricane Katrina, and in the Mississippi Delta region which is vulnerable to hurricanes, wetland loss, and subsidence. Two more service-learning trips are planned for spring 2017 and spring 2018 thanks to the Domestic Intercultural Immersion Grant (StAR funded). Students shared their experiences at the conference in hopes of inspiring other students to participate in service projects.