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When Two Worlds Collide: The Joy and Sorrows of Community Engagement. Minh Dang | 21 May 2014 |Scottsdale, AZ | Community College National Center for Community Engagement. OUR JOURNEY TOGETHER. Experiences of Joyful Sorrows and Sorrowful Joys Human Trafficking 101
Minh Dang | 21 May 2014 |Scottsdale, AZ | Community College National Center for Community Engagement
Love – we care about people, ideas
Loss – letting go of the past/longing, endings
Importance – we assign meaning
Development – we recognize growth
Helplessness – we see our lack of control
Expectations – experience the unimaginable
How do citizens continue to love one another when they have hurt and been hurt by others?
“Justice is what love looks like in public.”
- Cornel West
How does a nation love its citizens?
What does a nation do when it has inflicted hurt and harm on its citizens and the world?
Hiding our pain
Healing our pain
Harming others (cycle of violence)
Current and dominant narrative....
“Modern slavery”, “forced labor”, “sex trafficking”, “labor trafficking”, “commercial sexual exploitation”
Economic and sexual exploitation
Affects approximately 29.8 million people worldwide
$32 billion industry
Mostly affects women and girls
Caused by poverty, corruption, and sexual deviation
→ Men, boys, and transgender people affected
→ Unsure the “size” of the problem
“the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services,
through the use of force, fraud, or coercion
for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery”
- Trafficking Victims Protection Act, 2000
Bales, K. (2005). Understanding global slavery. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Bellagio-Harvard Guidelines on the Legal Parameters of Slavery. (2011). Proceedings from The Legal Parameters of Slavery: Historical to the Contemporary. Boston, MA: Harvard.
child abuse, racism, low min. wage,
sexism, homophobia, voter suppression
and all other forms of oppression
Slavery Debt Bondage
Complete Domination &
MD definition: slavery is a social phenomenon existing on the far end of a continuum of oppression, where human beings completely dominate other human beings, and results in physical, psychological, interpersonal, and environmental trauma; financial and social instability and inequities; and dilution of the fundamental principles of democracy
1. Higher education and community engagement can contribute to the liberation of individuals and communities and/or can and does contribute to the enslavement of people.
- Institutions that promote intellectual rigor and individualism
- Institutions that provide social services to young adults.
- Colleges and universities as consumers too.
- Colleges as institutions that equalize opportunity or increase inequity.
2. Community engagement addresses all of the issues on this continuum of oppression.
- You are sending students to witness injustice and horror.
- You provide opportunities to connect with other students at deeper levels, to witness community empowerment, and to contribute to social justice victories.
- You are providing opportunities for empathy development.
- Students are exploring what it means to be autonomous and yet a part of a community, locally or globally.
- Students confront their own experiences of injustice.
- Students have energy, passion, idealism that can be harnessed.
* Stories: humanizes, comforts, provides models - Stories of freedom
- Multiple narratives; complexity
- Feelings: fears, insecurities, hopes
- Processes: individual + community healing
* Resources: people, money, skills, relationships,
office space, etc.
- Survivor/community led or informed
- Decision making, Policies, Input, etc.
- Difference in skills/resources does not mean
difference in fundamental human value.
2. PLAY. SING. DANCE. LAUGH...TOGETHER.
3. LISTEN AND RECEIVE
4. WORK TOGETHER.
Work: educate, activate, organize Together: define “the enemy” Is it really “out there”?
In a specific person? Or is it a human potential?
5. GRIEVE TOGETHER.
Emotional poverty and profits. Accept what you
cannot change so you can change what you can.
Avoid repeating the past.
6. BE. CREATE SPACES FOR JUST BEING.
"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence
is an act of rebellion."
- Albert Camus
Minh Dang | | @minhspeakstruth