2016-2017 DJS Award Project Summaries

Project Title: The Celebration of Black History & Culture Event with Dr. Terrell Strayhorn

Student Name: Shelondra Harris

Student Major/Graduation Year: Marketing Science & Communication, 2017

Semester Awarded: Fall 2016

BSU Strayhorn

Short Project Summary: $1,500 was allotted for the PLU Black Student Union’s event, The Celebration of Black History & Cultural Event. In Shelondra’s reflection, she shared: “ The Celebration of Black History & Culture event allowed PLU and the greater community to participate, learn, engage, and critically reflect on elements of Black history and culture that is applicable to today. … We were glad to have provided Black representation on campus to hopefully change the climate in terms of the lack of representation of people of color both visually and physically.” The celebration also featured keynote speaker Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, tenured, full professor in the College of Education and Human Ecology’s Department of Educational Studies at Ohio State University.

Project Title: Inside Out Queer Healthy Relationship Workshop

Student Name: Jacynda Woodman-Ross

Student Major/Graduation Year: Biology

Semester Awarded: Fall 2016

Inside Out Logo

Project Summary: $3,000 was allotted towards the Inside Out Queer Healthy Relationship Workshop facilitated by Dawn Cuthbertson (Gender Based Violence Advocate) and Jordyn Price (Inside Out Coordinator Intern). Their six psychoeducational skills classes in the spring semester in 2017 were for queer-identified student to explore topics such as anti-oppression, expectation and negotiation, accountability, boundaries, conflict and community connections.

Project Title: Menstrual Cup Project

Student Name: Rainey Aberle/Elizabeth Hamre

Student Major/Graduation Year: Earth Studies/Women and Gender Studies

Semester Awarded: Spring 2017

Menstrual Cup Event

Project Summary: $1,018.30 was allotted to purchase 68 menstrual cups both Size 1 and 2 to be distributed in the Health Center, the Center for Gender Equity and the Diversity Center. This distribution was a follow up to 28 menstrual cups (sponsored by ASPLU) given out at their “Let’s Talk About Menstrual Products” held in the Center for Gender Equity on April 25, 2017.

Project Title: Washington Higher Education Sustainability Coalition (WAHESC) 2017

Student Name: Ashley Connors

Student Major/Graduation Year: Chemistry/2017

Semester Awarded: Fall 2016

Project Summary: $600 was awarded to assist three students and one staff member to attend WAHESC. This conference was hosted at Gonzaga University with various presentations, workshops and networking opportunities around sustainability in higher education. Some takeaways for these students included topics such as misconceptions of “sustainability”, we have to operate differently as we did in the past, integration of social and environmental justice is essential, and various ways to incorporate “sustainability” in already-existing and new structures.

Project Title: Human Trafficking Documentary in the Philippines

Student Name: Cara Gillespie

Student Major/Graduation Year: Communications/2017

Semester Awarded: Fall 2016

Project Summary: $6,750 for the project “More Than A Mission: Stemming the Sex Trade in Angeles City Examining Communication Strategies in Human Trafficking through the Lens of Feminist”.  Human trafficking is a form of exploitation also known as the face of modern slavery. Many non- governmental and religious organizations have explored ways to mitigate or erase this inhumane practice, but it still endures. Student researchers, Cara Gillespie and Elise Anderson along with Professor Joanne Lisosky, uncovered an organization operating in the Philippines that
appears to have tapped into a unique strategy to hinder the spread of sex trafficking in that country. The researchers examined this unique tactic through extensive participant observation research methodology in the Philippines with the help of the DJS Award. In addition to examining this strategy through the lens of feminist theory, the researchers produced a short documentary film to share one woman’s remarkable experience and journey to rehabilitation. They shared the pilot of their documentary at the PLU Undergraduate Research Symposium in April of 2017.

Project Title: Intersectional Activism Research

Student Name: Austin Beierman

Student Major/Graduation Year: Economics & Political Science/2018

Semester Awarded: Fall 2016

Project Summary: $1,200 to do research with Tono Sablan, Miranda Martens and Professor Galen Ciscell.

Project Title: “These Come From Trees” Stickers

Student Name: Ben Cox

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Semester Awarded: Spring 2017

Project Summary: $ 69.00 for 500 stickers to be put on paper towel dispensers across campus.

Project Title: The People’s Gathering

Student Name: Taylor Bozich & Ellie Lapp

Student Major/Graduation Year: 2017

Semester Awarded: Fall 2016

Project Summary: $ 5,750 to support program costs and 20 PLU students to attend.

Project Title: The NicarAGUA Well

Student Name: Bethany Piehl

Student Major/Graduation Year: 

Semester Awarded: Spring 2017

Project Summary: $ $2,500.00 to support students building a well in Nicaragua.

Project Title: CAVE LED Lights

Student Name: McKenna Morin

Student Major/Graduation Year: 

Semester Awarded: Spring 2017

Project Summary: $7,780.00 for LED light improvements for The Cave.

Project Title: NCA/George Town Research

Student Name: Olivia Cook

Student Major/Graduation Year: 

Semester Awarded: Spring 2017

Project Summary: $3,937.76 to present at a conference in Idaho and do research around Georgetown University grappling with its racist history.

Project Title: John Scott and Theatre of the Oppressed

Student Name: Nayonni Watts

Student Major/Graduation Year: Theater/2019

Semester Awarded: Spring 2017

Project Summary: $775.00 for speaker’s workshop and performance for February of 2018.

Project Title: Prayer/Meditation Space

Student Name: Maddie Titelbaum

Student Major/Graduation Year: 2018

Semester Awarded: Spring 2017

Project Summary: $3,625.00 for Prayer/Meditation space.

Project Title: World of Difference Documentary

Student Name: Julia Grosvenor

Student Major/Graduation Year: Spring 2018

Semester Awarded: Spring 2017

Project Summary: $4,4493.00 for documentary making.

Project Title: Commuter Photo Gallery

Student Name: Jenna Little

Student Major/Graduation Year: Spring 2018

Semester Awarded: Spring 2017

Project Summary: $211.01 for photo gallery supplies. 

Project Title: Notary Event

Student Name: Angelica Martinez

Student Major/Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Semester Awarded: Spring 2017

Project Summary: $327.23 for the Notary Event to support undocumented families.