Mount St. Joseph University

Mount Students, Faculty Mark 10 Years for United Nations Immersion Trip

Academics, School of Arts & Humanities, School of Behavioral & Natural Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, School of Health Sciences

By: Elizabeth Bookser Barkley

File Under: immersion trip, new york, sustainable development goals, united nations

Women around the world, food emergencies in war-torn countries, and immigration, past and present, dominated the activities of Mount St. Joseph students and faculty in New York August 12-18. This is the tenth offering of a class taught by Dr. Elizabeth Bookser Barkley, English, and Dr. Jim Bodle, psychology, called United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Global and Local. 

Students learned about the SDG 2030, a set of global targets for all nations. Among the goals are No Poverty, Affordable and Clean Energy, Zero Hunger, and Quality Education. Students met with representatives from MADRE, an international women's rights organization advocating for women around the world so that they and their families "have the food, water, health care and the basics so uncertain in the daily crises of poverty, violence, and disaster." Also, in visiting the New York headquarters of The World Food Programme, the food assistance branch of the United Nations, the group heard of the agency's work on the ground around the world to supply food to starving people, especially in countries plagued by years-long war, especially Syria and sub-Saharan Africa. 

The week also include a guided tour of the United Nations, a visit to Ellis Island with a focus on immigration issues, and a tour of locations in New York important in the life of Elizabeth Seton, founder of the Sisters of Charity, sponsors of Mount St. Joseph University.

Top Photo: The Mount Group visited Roosevelt Island where they discussed President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" speech, delivered Jan. 6, 1941.  Pictured in front of a memorial to FDR are, left to right, Dr. Jim Bodle, Michelle Steele, Anthony Scribner, Zoe Skidmore, and Macey Schmidt. 

Bottom Photo: A page from a May 7, 1945 edition of the Seton Journal, the Mount's student newspaper, featuring Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" along the right-hand column. (Paper retrieved from university archives by Dr. Peter Robinson, professor of history.)