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Insightful Conversations About "The World We Want"

November 11, 2013 - by Erica

Written by Valeria Mendoza

The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) chapters throughout the country are engaging the public in open dialogue, on behalf of the United Nations, in the hope of gathering the country’s feedback and consensus on the post-2015 Development Agenda. Contributions made at these consultative meetings will be used by UNA-USA in their report to be presented to the United Nations Secretary General at the end of the year.

A week ago, Adelphi students, field experts, nonprofit representatives, and savvy business professionals gathered to take part in the Southern New York State Division’s Post-2015 Development Agenda Consultation. It was fascinating to get a first-hand account of the process and to be included in the discussion. My LGS peers - Ida Eriksson, Steven Marchese, Andrew Martin, Erica White - and I could not have been more grateful to participate!  


The topic of Affordable and Nutritious Food/Sustainable Agriculture was discussed at my round table. Our moderator, Donna Rosa - Global Sustainability Ambassador (North America) for Symrise - did a commendable job allowing individuals to express their views under tight time constraints. Attempting to respond to the provided questions, members brought their personal experience and expertise to the table. It was not an easy task to identify points of contention and then propose feasible solutions to the issues, especially since the topics were so multifaceted. The flow of discussion was thrilling and required participants to make swift compromises to ensure the most pertinent ideas were included in our final proposal. The most stimulating conversation stemmed from discussing businesses’ role in agricultural sustainability, specifically the possibility of the food industry managing the logistical distribution and co-funding aspects of nutritional food programs along with the federal government.

To ensure that students like myself are prepared to respond to the problems of tomorrow, this type of dialogue with experts and professionals is crucial in fostering youth’s civic engagement. Maintaining an active role in organizations such as UNA-USA could not be more helpful to this effort!  

For those interested, make your opinion count by taking the My World United Nations for a Better World Survey at: http://www.myworld2015.org.

Book Circle and Cultural Evening – India

October 28, 2013 - by Erica

                This year’s AU Community Reads was Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, a National Book Award winner that focused on Annawadi, a slum on the outskirts of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, India. In it, the book tells the real-life stories of people living in the slums, and it captivates their struggles and hopes living in an undercity. This year, the Levermore Global Scholars program hosted a book discussion and cultural evening in our new Living/Learning Community that focused on India.


                The night started off with a book discussion, led by Associate Dean Susan Briziarelli, where students had the chance to share their thoughts about the book, and discuss issues that the book brought up that were relevant to them. Students Harneet Gulati, Maegan Garvey, and Nidhi Duggal, who had all spent time in India, shared their experiences in the country and spoke about how their time in India shared many parallels with Boo’s book.


                After discussions were over, the night was opened up to Indian music, food, and henna, and students had the opportunity to create their own Diwali candle designs. Diwali – the Festival of Lights - involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. The event was a great way for students to experience aspects of Indian culture for themselves, and all of us came out of it with a greater appreciation for the India we saw in Behind the Beautiful Forevers.

Operation Unity

October 10, 2013 - by Jennifer

Written by Ann-Marie Ramsaroop '14



On Friday, September 27, 2013, the Levermore Global Scholars Student Leadership Council hosted our first event of the year. Operation: Unity was a great opportunity for the new members of our program to get to know one another better, as well as the upperclassmen and those on the Council. Beginning with a few simple team-building activities led by LGSSLC President Erin Taub, and Class Representatives, CJ Thompson and Erica White, Operation: Unity participants were able to learn firsthand the meaning of the word “unity.” One particularly trying activity was the human knot, in which students learned that sometimes, it is easier and more beneficial to the body as a whole if there is cooperation and only one leader. After a few minutes of struggling, the knot was finally resolved and there was a great sense of accomplishment. From here, students took part in three workshops.




First of the three was a time management workshop led by myself and Kristie Ranchurejee. Participants were challenged to be accountable for each moment in their day, as well as, given various resources to help promote better time management. Here are a few programs that were introduced. Try them out and see a boost in your own productivity!

a.       Write or Die: can set level so that after a period of inactivity, a loud noise is emitted or work begins to delete itself

b.  Websites/Apps, such as Cold Turkey, FocalFilter, Chrome Nanny (chrome), SelfControl (Mac), LeechBlock (Mozilla) that block out distracting sites such as Facebook, Tumblr, etc.

c.       Written!Kitten: gives a picture of a kitten after a certain amount of words.

d.  RainyMood and SimplyRain: two websites that gives a continuous stream of rain and thunderstorm sounds. RainyMood allows the listener to pair soundtracks with the sound of the rain, while SimplyRain allows the listener to change the intensity of the storm and set the noise to a timer.

e.       SimplyNoise: both a website and app that allows the listener to hear nothing but white noise.




During the Global Activism workshop, hosted by Class Representatives Josephine Chuah and Ammie Lin, participants learned about the S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goals. For this workshop, participants were asked to choose an area of interest. From there, tips were given regarding how to implement these goals for a local a global effect. The final workshop of the day was the leadership workshop, hosted by LGSSLC Secretary Matthew Bellomo and Class Representative Steven Joseph. Participants were asked to determine qualities of leaders both from personal and second hand experience.  



Community Fellows Reflection

September 18, 2013 - by Erica

Written by Elizabeth Rilling

Money makes the world go ‘round.

We’ve all heard this cliché and felt its weight in our daily lives, a never-ending cycle of paying to learn, learning to work, and working in order to pay. Through the Community Fellows Program this summer, though, this world was thrown off its axis: I worked in order to learn…while getting paid.

As my freshman year came to a close, I faced the dilemma of finding something productive to do with my summer. It’s hard to think of anything besides your looming tuition bill or all the books that are required for your new set of classes; it’s easy to consider “productive” synonymous with “economical.” Deep down you might know that stacking shelves, waiting tables, answering phones, or filing isn’t the best way to spend your summer, but it pays the bills so what choice do you have? Many will tell you that internships are invaluable for the experience you will gain (and they’re right), but let’s face the facts: if there is no monetary compensation we are not going to feel that value. Money makes the world go ‘round. If you let yourself develop this mentality while you are getting your degree, you could fall into the dangerous habit of accepting less than what you want and aiming lower than what you can achieve. That’s why the Community Fellows Program is so important.

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The program brings together non-profit organizations and some of Adelphi’s best students—two groups in need of money—in a mutually beneficial way. As a student, you are given real-life and professional experience in a field you hope to pursue. My placement at the non-profit Friends of the Bay, for example, was perfect for me because I am a double major in Political Science and Environmental Studies. One day a week I would be out in Oyster Bay and Cold Spring Harbor taking water samples and collecting data, and the next I would be attending Congressman Steve Israel’s press conference on beach closings. Of course, there were many times where I had no work. “Why do you care? You’re getting paid,” my friends would say. But this internship was about so much more than money, it was about being truly productive and learning about myself and my field of study. I never knew so much about the environmental issues affecting my own watershed in the Town of Oyster Bay, nor did I understand the intricacies and importance of local government. I have always wanted to run for office, but all I cared about were the high offices and the big picture. The truth is, what happens locally can make so much more of a difference. In this way, my CFP internship has changed my outlook and maybe even my path.


The most important thing I learned, though, was not how to use a titration to find dissolved oxygen or what the name of my Town Clerk is; the most important thing I learned is that money does not make the world go ‘round… people do. Relationships are the driving force within and between organizations of all kinds at any level. The most valuable part of my internship was my exposure to the volunteers, the Board of Directors at my organization, and the people of the community. The volunteers were great people who were dedicated to the environment and the organization. The captain of the boat we went out on, Hank, was one of the most experienced people I have ever met, with a background as a chemistry teacher and a naval officer in WWII. He had a story for everything and viewed every moment as an opportunity to teach me something new. The Board had engaged community members that served multiple organizations and held influential jobs. One individual, Adrian, is a VP at the Catholic Medical Missions Board and has connections in many different countries. He told me to let him know if I ever wanted to do an internship abroad. Another woman, Beth, operates a family-owned business that has locations in several Long Island towns, including my own. She passed on her knowledge about the power of understanding the culture of even the smallest communities. 

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One day while planning for an upcoming fundraiser, Beth and I were discussing her daughter’s wisdom teeth. She told me that the dentist they had was amazing, and that if I ever needed a reference she would be happy to give it to me. Then she shared a particular story that really made me think: This dentist of hers was self-made, and he and his wife had a son. While practicing, the dentist acquired a client who was a very influential member of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, and they had a good relationship. Unfortunately, the dentist’s son developed an incredibly rare and fatal disease and wound up passing away. The dentist and his wife decided to set up a foundation in honor of their son to fund research for this disease. They asked the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories to take on this huge project. Despite the fact that the Labs get thousands of requests for research each year, this cause was selected due to the dentist’s relationship with his client and is now researched at the Labs. Some would call this corrupt and unfair—how can they say that this cause is any more important than the others that have waited in line?

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Corruption does not lie at the heart of this story, but rather friendship. It highlights the tiny threads, from person to person, which bring us together in a community and give us humanity. The story also illustrates the importance of keeping in touch with our friends and our networks because there is no telling who you will need and when you will need them.  Yes, the Community Fellows Program gave me a paycheck every two weeks, but it is valued much higher in my heart because of the relationships I formed, whose values are yet to be determined. Money does not make the world go ‘round. We do.

Welcome Dinner 2013

September 11, 2013 - by Erica


Every September, the annual Levermore Global Scholars Welcome Dinner serves as a formal reception into the new school year, and it is something we as students look forward to each year. This year the Welcome Dinner was held on Monday, September 9th, and included reflections of study abroad, summer opportunities, artistic performances by LGS students, and an alumni presentation.


The night started with a warm welcome from President Scott, Dr .Gayle Insler, Dr. Susan Briziarelli, and Professor DeBartolo. Then CJ Thomson and Josephine Chuah took the mic and spoke about their work with the United Nations this summer. Sarah Cinquemani and Julianna Classe then talked about their study abroad experiences, Sarah having studied Environmental Science in Australia and Julianna having gone to Rome to study art.

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Harneet Gulati, a new LGS freshman, performed a rendition of “Chimney Sweeper” by William Blake, and then Liz Rilling performed “Thoughtless Cruelty” by Charles Lamb. Both were beautiful performances, and they left the audience entertained.

Next came the Community Fellows Program Reflections from Ammie Lin, who interned with the National Urban League, Valeria Mendoza, who interned with Global Kids, and Naresh Singh, who interned at Island Harvest. All three spoke highly of the Community Fellows Program and encouraged the incoming freshmen and underclassmen to apply this spring.


The last presentation of the night came from Alysha Rashid, an LGS alum who spoke about how LGS has grown through the years and how it has helped her grow personally as well, both during and after her time at Adelphi. Currently, Alysha works as a College Match Advisor for MDRC, an organization that helps place high-performing low-income high school students with the right universities.

To end the night, Rabia Maharaj performed a stunning Latin dance to “Arrepientete” by Ray Barretto. What a great way to end the dinner!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the dinner this year, as it was another success. Once again, welcome to the freshman class of Levermore Global Scholars!


A Hearty Welcome to the LGS class of 2017

August 28, 2013 - by Erica



As part of this year’s Welcome Wagon, I had the chance to meet some of the incoming LGS residents on Monday, August 26. Along with Jennifer Ganley and a few other returning LGS students, I helped welcome the students living in the new LGS community in Linen Hall. We have big plans for the community this year, and we hope to hold cultural events in the lounge of Linen. The community will be a place for LGS students to get to know each other and share common interests, but it is also a way to increase on-campus presence and create a space for LGS residents.


Welcome Wagon was definitely a success, and I think everyone will agree that having a little extra help while moving in makes a huge difference. Despite the heat, humidity, and stress of moving into a new place, Welcome Wagon volunteers braved flight after flight of dorm stairs and helped multiple students, LGS and otherwise, begin to call Adelphi home.

Alumni Highlight: Radha Hettiarachchi (LGS ‘10)

July 19, 2013 - by Gabriella



Radha Hettiarchchi, LGS ’10, recently sat down with the Center for Career Development to discuss her first job as a crisis counselor with Project Hope. Project Hope is a counseling program supported by FEMA to help individuals, families, and groups impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

The Levermore Global Scholars Program and I congratulate Radha on this recent accomplishment! Read more about Radha and Project Hope here.

United Nations Intensive!

June 26, 2013 - by Jennifer

Written by Karla Hernandez, LGS '16

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The United Nations Intensive Program was an experience that I believe all Levermore Global Scholars' students should get the chance to partake in. As LGS students, most of us have a natural curiosity about the role that the United Nations plays in current global issues. Participating in the UN Intensive, CJ Thomson and I were able to learn about what it means to work for the United Nations, and how they tackle problems through various projects and missions. We attended several briefings with the UN Department of Public Information, the State Department, and other UN-affiliated young professionals. We also got to learn about networking, which is an essential skill to develop as young individuals on the cusp of entering the work force. All of the briefings were relevant to what we hope to gain as Levermore Global Scholars: global leadership skills that serve to enhance our talents and interests, so that we are able to apply them to our careers. I definitely encourage all LGS students to apply for this program in the future so that they can see how their career interests and natural gifts can work in tandem with UN jobs!


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Rounding Out Another Amazing Academic Year!

May 08, 2013 - by Gabriella



The 2013 End of the Year Dinner and Celebration rounded out another awesome academic year. Welcoming remarks from Prof. Peter DeBartolo and Associate Dean Susan Briziarelli provided a brief overview of the vast array of projects that LGS students have involved themselves in during the Fall and Spring semesters. Damelvy Rodriquez (LGS ’10) imparted a few words about how the Levermore Global Scholars Program has shaped her post-graduate life, and Jennifer Boglioli (Co-Interim Director of Alumni Affairs) shared information with students about remaining active within the LGS community well after graduation. After all, we are a family, not simply a learning community, and family stays in touch to share developments, good news, and advice!


Reaz Khan, a graduating Senior, shares this view, and in a short speech proved how much his LGS family enriched his undergraduate career. We are proud of his accomplishments, and the accomplishments ofeveryone in the LGSP graduating class this year, and wish them success in all of their future endeavors. Having developed close relationships with many of them, I for one know that though they will be missed, that they have been well prepared by their LGS experiences to meet the challenges they will face on their professional journeys.


After dinner, students who participated in study abroad programs in Israel and Costa Rica reflected upon the things they learned, both academically and personally. Attendees of the dinner were able to listen to musical performances by Krissy Linacre (LGS ’15), Rosetta Isnardi (LGS ’15), and Edwin Maldonado (LGS ’13).


I would like to congratulate certain students who were recognized for their particularly outstanding accomplishments this year:

“LGS Senior of the Year”: Gregory Quinlan

“LGS Junior of the Year”: Ida Iselin

“LGS Sophomore of the Year”: Julianna Classe

“LGS Freshman of the Year”: Josephine Chuah

And in recognition of their outstanding participation in UN events and programs, the LGSP recognizes these Seniors with the “UN Participation Award”:

Reaz Khan

Janae Cummings

Beverly Gantt

Nahtahniel Reel


Congratulations to all of the students mentioned, and again to the Class of 2013! Your accomplishments are many, the future is bright, and your LGSP family is proud of each and every one of you!

Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture

April 15, 2013 - by Erica

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Foodies everywhere will be excited to hear that the Museum of Natural History has done something that should’ve happened a long time ago – they have dedicated part of their museum to food. In their new exhibition called Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture, museum-goers can explore how food is grown, transported, cooked, and most importantly…eaten!

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Students in the Levermore Global Scholars program had the opportunity to get a first-hand look into the history of food, and some of the challenges the world faces today in terms of food shortages and food insecurity. We got to sneak a peak into the dining rooms of historical icons, learned how our taste buds determine what we eat (dolphins and cats are oblivious to sweet and bitter tastes, so hold the coffee or cake), and how food is prepared around the world.

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The museum was full of little tidbits of interesting information about how food interacts with our daily life, as well as lives in the past: cocoa beans were once used as a form of monetary barter at local markets, Jane Austen loved ice cream, and cod used to be 6 feet long.  There was also a chance to taste some delicious food (tea and crumpets, anyone?) and chat about the role food plays in our lives.


Anyone who read The Omnivore’s Dilemma is probably tired of learning about corn, but the exhibition offered distinct insights into the evolution of this valuable crop, and how it went from a wild grass to the global commodity we have today. In some ways, the history of corn resembles the history of humans and the way we have altered our lifestyles based on taste, hunger, and curiosity. 

LGSP Students Represent at the Annual AU Research Conference!

April 15, 2013 - by Gabriella

Congratulations to the 31 Levermore Global Scholars’ students and alum who presented at this year’s Research Conference on Wednesday April 10th, 2013. Every presenter did a wonderful job sharing their work with students, faculty, staff, and administrators. In true LGSP fashion, they proved their leadership by working on research projects addressing very diverse and interesting subjects. Here’s a list of this year’s LGS presenters, by category:

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Gregory Quinlan: “Race and Culture in American Cinema”


Marissa Marinucci
: “Fairy Tales Found in Translation: Moving from Italian to English in the Works of Luigi Capuana (1839-1915)”

Life Science and Physical Sciences:

Afrain Boby
: “Insufficient Sleep Derived from Seven-Day Diary, Habitual Sleep Time, and Actigraphy”
Erin Taub: “The Effect of Substrate Concentration on the Acitivity of CYP2A6 with the Use of High-Throughput Screening”
Emily Dernbach: “Eat What You Know: Feeding Choices of Nucella Iapillus”


Christina Asphall
: “What is the Relationship between a Registered Nurse’s Biases to Race, Religion, and Gender and the Patient’s Perception of the Level of Care Provided? A Quantitative Study”

Social Sciences-Psychology:

Jennifer Ganley: “Therapist Self-Disclosure, Client Attachment, and the Real Relationship”
Jennifer Bacchus: “Ongoing Research Projects in “Practicum in Experimental Psychology”

Social Sciences-Other:

Abigail Paulion: “Hebrew Israelites in Brooklyn”
Adrish Tewarie: “The Influence of Artists on the Population of the World”
Cally Benison: “How Do You Define Elements of Crime in an Ever-Changing Society?”
Lauren Ciuffo: “Understanding Current Trends in American Muslim Divorce and Resiliency”
Edwin Maldonado: “The Changing Face of the U.S. Military: Drone and Their Implication on the International Stage”
Valeria Mendoza: “Exploring the Role of Music in the Transnational Lives of Migrants from Mexico in the United States”
Ryan Puglia: “Difference in Salaries in Upper Management of Companies in the United States versus Another Country”
Michelle Raider: “The Relationship between Feminism and the Anti-Human Trafficking Effort”
Erin Taub: “University Community Service and Prevention of Human Trafficking”


Kimberly Atkins
: “Does Money Buy Happiness?”
Samantha Baker: “The Effects of Hurricane Irene on Local Business and the Recovery Process”
Valerie Cardona: “Systematic Vulnerability and the Proliferation of Sex-Trafficking in Cambodia”
Janae Cummings: “Urban Farming in Harlem as a Means for Transformative Education”
Ida Iselin Eriksson: “Peace and Sustainable Development”
Trevena Goulbourne: “Factors That Lead to High-School Dropout Rates in Jamaica”
Baneet Kaur: “Universal Health Care – Is It Better?”

Jaspreet Kaur: “Biological Factors and Roles That Cross-Cultural Play in Regards to Breastfeeding Babies”
Nicole Lesniak: “How Does Cultural Background Affect a High-School Student’s Perception and Academic Achievement?”
Kristina Linacre: “Pura Vida!”
Andrew Martin: “Accessing the Potential Dangers of Hydropower Energy in Costa Rica”
Rebecca Noriega: “Reimagining Work: Money, Jobs, and the Common Good”
Ann-Marie Ramsaroop: “Writing: Tool of Empowerment or Hindrance of Social Change?”
Nahtahniel Reel: “Civil Engineering’s Role in Sustainable Development”

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And I just want to give a shout-out to the LGS students and alumni whose work particularly stood out to the judges at the Research Conference—Congrats to everyone who placed in their category!

Undergraduate Arts Poster Presentations: Gregory Quinlan – Honorable Mention

Graduate Life Sciences and Physical Sciences Poster Presentations:
Emily Dernbach

Graduate Psychology Oral Presentations: Jennifer Ganley

Undergraduate Social Sciences Poster Presentations: Valeria Mendoza

Undergraduate Multidisciplinary Poster Presentations: Kimberly Atkins and Andrew Martin

Congratulations again to all of the presenters who worked diligently and contributed to the scholarly conversation within their discipline.

You’ve made all of your LGSP colleagues so proud!



LGS Students: Impassioned, Impressive, Inspiring!

March 27, 2013 - by Gabriella

Levermore Global Scholars students are some of the most active students on campus (in my opinion of course, but I might be a little biased). Still it cannot be denied that many of our students hold positions on executive boards of clubs on campus, are heavily involved in community service, and go beyond what they are taught in the classroom toward a more immersive level of global engagement. Recently, some of our students have gained recognition for their hard work and dedication to the mission of LGS.


Reaz Khan is an International Studies major with concentrations in political science and Spanish, and a minor in Latin American Studies. He has been named a 2013 Newman Civic Fellow. Becoming a Newman Civic Fellow is a unique, and very special honor, as these Fellows represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world.


Melissa Fernandez was selected as one of the 40 under 40 Rising Latino Stars of NY State by The NY Hispanic Coalition, Inc. Melissa is a Biology major who currently serves on the executive board for the Latin American Student Organization and Sigma Lambda Upsilon, Sorority Inc. Melissa embodies what it means to be both an Adelphi community leader and role model.


Kristie Ranchrejee is an international studies major with minors in economics and peace studies. Her paper has been accepted as a part of the “The International Conference on Education, Sustainable Development, Leadership and Policy” at Columbia University, in New York City, held from April 17-April 19, 2013. Kristie is an LGS student and member of the LGS Student Leadership Council, president of Amnesty International on campus, and she interned at the Long Island Children’s Museum through Adelphi’s Community Fellows Program last summer.

Of course, this would be a very lengthy post if I were to try to list every impressive accomplishment of these students. I will say that I am very proud to be counted among these students and to be a part of the Levermore Global Scholars Program. There are opportunities present for every individual that wishes to be engaged to any extent, and these three students are examples of the leadership that can be developed by taking advantage of those opportunities.

Reaz, Melissa, Kristie—CONGRATULATIONS!



“Justice for Farmworkers Campaign”

March 22, 2013 - by Erica


            This spring, a group of NYU Law students came and presented a series of lectures pertaining to the plight of farmworkers in New York State, as part of an overall movement called the Justice for Farmworkers Campaign. The movement aims to improve working and living conditions for New York’s farmworkers, primarily through organizing and increasing awareness.

            Most of the foods we eat today come from giant corporate farms owned by huge companies rather than local “mom and pop” farms or markets. However, there has been an increasing call to buy organic, local produce once more, and this ever-shifting nature of agriculture has had a huge effect on New York’s farmworkers. Farmworkers are excluded from federal labor laws, and are not given the same protections as other workers are entitled to, and many face abuse or unfair labor practices.

            Take the case of Librada Paz – she was a migrant worker who grew up in San Juan Mixtepec, Mexico, but at the age of 15, she and her older sister crossed the Arizona desert into the U.S. to become a migrant farmworker, picking tomatoes in Ohio. She reported being sexually abused on several occasions, and now is the harbinger for improving migrant farmworkers rights throughout the United States.


            In Paz’s words, “When you work in the fields, you don’t matter.” There are an estimated 80,000 to 100,000 farmworkers in New York alone, and they are offered little to no protection under law. They are not entitled to a day of rest per week, they have no right to receive overtime pay, and they are not eligible to receive disability benefits. They are more than seven times more likely to die, and have no right to bargain collectively. Underage farmers excluded from minimum wage, and could be paid as little as $3.20 per hour.

            There is a lack of political initiative to change the laws, however, because there is an increasing marginalization of farmworkers. However, there has been a huge boom in agriculture, and in 2011, US farms posted record net incomes, yet their workers were denied basic rights and privileges. Thankfully, the efforts of campaigns like this one have increased the call to action, and in the New York Senate, there is currently a bill entitled A1792-2013 that, if passed, will grant farmworkers collective bargaining rights, workers' compensation and unemployment benefits. For now, we need to continue to campaign for farmworkers rights and realize that the very people who pick, grow, and farm our food are they themselves starving.

Because Cancer Affects Us All, Locally and Globally...

March 22, 2013 - by Gabriella

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On behalf of the Levermore Global Scholars’ Relay for Life team, I want to send a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the fundraising event that was held on March 18, 2013. Whether you baked the goods that we sold, worked the table, bought the yummy dessert snacks that were for sale, or just made a very generous donation, every effort contributed to the team’s success!

For those of you who may not know, Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser of the American Cancer Society. At Relay For Life events, communities around the world come together to honor loved ones who have survived their battle with cancer, to remember loved ones who have lost their battle, and to fight back. Relay teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path.


There is an Opening Ceremony, followed by an Opening lap, where all teams walk together. Following this is the Survivor lap, Caregiver lap, and a Luminaria ceremony. Throughout the night there are games and entertainment, and the Fight Back ceremony rounds out the night. Relay events are up to 24 hours in length and, because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.

Adelphi University’s Relay for Life event is being held on April 5th this year, and many clubs and organizations on campus have teams. Because LGS students are so involved on campus, LGS is represented on many of the teams that are participating in Relay this year, and I’m very proud of everyone’s hard work!

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Cancer affects us all, and it is only through working together that we can end cancer’s reign of terror—and celebrate a world with more birthdays.



"Board" on the weekends? Get involved!

March 04, 2013 - by Gabriella

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This weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to participate in a community service project with Habitat for Humanity. The project was just one of the many programs and activities that the Center for Student Involvement holds as a part of the Adelphi Gives Back campaign every March. These events are aimed at promoting the importance of community service and volunteerism within the community. A group of 12 students from Adelphi University and our chaperone, Kathleen Watchorn of the Center for Student Involvement, spent the day in Roosevelt, NY working on a home for a young family. Under the watchful guidance of Habitat contractors, we got to set the ridge of the house’s roof, and put up the rafter of the house as well.

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Besides the many new vocabulary words I’ve added to my arsenal (beam, plank, rafter, ridge—look at me now!) I have gained many other benefits that I’d like to share. First, I was pleasantly surprised at the array of different students that participated in the project. Within our group, there were social work majors, political science majors, student athletes, and students from a host of organizations on campus with varying interests. Despite our perceived differences, being able to spend a day with these individuals helped me to appreciate the variety of personalities present, and to learn more about myself. Balancing on scaffolding, shooting nail guns on a roof, and maneuvering a busy construction site while carrying wood planks up narrow stairways definitely builds bonds between people, and I am looking forward to developing these new friendships further.

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The second benefit of this project may sound silly, but as a busy college student, I found the fresh air and the ability to work on something outside to be so much fun! Having to read books and articles, write papers, and otherwise prepare for classes is intellectually challenging and enriching, as many young people around the world are not able to do so, but it was nice to get out on a weekend and do something productive with some tools!


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This leads me to the last benefit I want to mention. I loved being able to develop knowledge of hands-on skills from professionals in the field. Let’s be honest: there’s only so much you can actually learn from sitting at home on the couch and watching HGTV (that’s “Home and Garden Television”). I’m quite sure I would never have learned the things I learned this weekend from any of my economics or political science textbooks, either. 


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Thank you to Kathleen Watchorn for her watchful eye and hard work right beside us students, and thank you to all of the Habitat for Humanity volunteers who headed this weekend’s community service project for your patience and willingness to teach us just some of what it takes to build a house. I know I’ll never look at a house the same!


If you’re interested in getting involved in more projects like this one, visit the Adelphi University Center for Student Involvement’s webpage and fill out the Volunteer Registration Form: http://students.adelphi.edu/sa/csi/volunteer/volunteer-registration-form.php


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Erica White (Editor-in-Chief) is a Sophomore in the Levermore Global Scholars Program, majoring in International Studies with minors in French, Peace Studies, and Gender Studies. She is the recipient of the 2012 First Year Academic Writing Award, as well as last year's Outstanding First Year Student Award. She is the Production Editor for the Delphian, and she is an active member of the Pre-Law Society. During the January Intersession, she studied abroad in Costa Rica at the United Nations University for Peace. Erica hopes to become a foreign correspondent in the future. She is passionate about women's rights globally and giving a voice to those who are unable to speak for themselves.

Gabriella Ali-Marino (Contributor) is a Junior in the Levermore Global Scholars program, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Economics. She is an active member of the Student Government Association, and has received President Obama's Service Award and is a recipient of the Adelphi University Outstanding First Year Student Award. Gabriella is especially passionate about civil and animal rights, and is in the process of establishing an animal rights organization at Adelphi's Garden City campus.

Past Contributors

Nahtahniel Reel
Gregory Quinlan
Janae Cummings
Rebecca Benison
Michelle Consorte
Stephanie Farkash
Paige Hall
Hilda Perez

Blog Managers

Peter DeBartolo
Jennifer Ganley

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