Here’s a video from the Writing Program at NYU Gallatin featuring some of the writers from the new Literacy Review, which will be published next month. And watch for University Settlement Adult Literacy Program student Marilia Valengo!:
Here’s a video from Mourad Chalal featuring some University Settlement Adult Literacy Program students and staff. Mourad is a Fulbright Fellow who comes to us from ASCA (Association des Centres Sociaux d’Aulnay-sous-Bois), one of our partners in France. He will be spending the next 6 months with University Settlement, and he is interested in learning everything he can about our work and communities. Here’s more from Mourad himself:
After 10 years of classical guitar teaching and a couple of years as a public relation agent I started to work with community members in a community centers organization in a city called Aulnay-sous-Bois situated in the outskirts of Paris. I have been working on group activities, social support, public information and most importantly raising awareness and educating the community on issues of discrimination.
Our programs target difficult urban and deprived areas of Aulnay-sous-Bois with the aim of promoting the community centers’ values and bolstering people’s abilities to affect change within their communities. In addition, our organization focuses on helping families and individuals achieve their wellness, education and cultural goals. I strongly believe that we fundamentally have more things in common than we have differences, and that it is important to cross race, gender, ethnicity, class and geographical borders. All forms of illegal discrimination must indeed be fought. The inhabitants of our disadvantaged neighborhoods are exposed to discrimination based on their origins in employment, housing, education, religious practices etc. My faith in the dignity of each individual leads me in my social commitments. That is why the anti-discrimination program I lead addresses the topic of citizenship and the fundamental values of the community centers which include: respect for diversity, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, freedom and human rights, and a focus on seeking solutions to empower vulnerable people.
The goal is to inform and raise awareness among community members and policy makers about how discrimination influences the daily life of its victims. The activities of the program in Aulnay-sous-Bois and abroad develop the capacity of minorities to develop their competencies in the fields of lobbying and advocacy. The orientation of our program is to promote the importance of discriminated people’s opinion in the process of decision-making at local, national and international levels. To achieve this, I do my best to run international exchanges between community members and organizations. Together we are stronger!
Here’s a video called “Our Family Table,” highlighting how University Settlement helps people in NYC – please share!:
Here’s a fun video explaining how American English and British English parted ways:
Recently students in our evening classes have been collaborating with Mark Nuñez, an Artist in Residence with University Settlement’s Performance Project. They would like to continue the great work they’ve been doing, but they need your help. Watch the video above and read a statement from Mark Nuñez below, then click on the link to find out how you can help!
This feels like home.
A Dance & Language Performance Project for New Americans
This feels like home. is an 8-week summer dance and language program for new Americans followed by a 6-week rehearsal and performance process in collaboration with Gotham Dance Theater.
My name is Marc Nuñez and I am an Artist-in-Residence at The Performance Project at the University Settlement in the Lower East Side, New York City. I have been collaborating with Julie Condon, an English language teacher at the Adult Literacy Program at the University Settlement, to incorporate dance and theater exercises to supplement learning the English language.
Our discoveries have been remarkable.
We’ve found our students speaking English with more confidence, feeling more energized and ready to learn once the body has warmed up and danced, having more freedom of expression in the body, and building a deeper sense of community through a mini performance at the end of their spring semester. Feel free to check out more specific stories on our Instagram @GothamDanceTheater.
In order to retain their English skills and keep building that overall sense of positivity, we want to continue this momentum throughout the summer. In the fall, we would like to collaborate with professional dancers of my company, Gotham Dance Theater, for a fall dance theater production. We would provide the opportunity for our language students to perform and share their American experiences on stage.
We need your help to make this American dream become a reality!
Your contribution will allow us to:
- Provide an 8-week summer dance and language program improving not only English skills, but also physical wellness, confidence and community (detailed below)
- Provide a 6-week rehearsal and performance process in collaboration with Gotham Dance Theater to prepare our students for the stage
- Present 2 nights of a performance raising awareness and celebrating the diversity of our city and country
- Provide paid work to five professional dancers
- Support artists and production staff who are contributing to this project
- Provide a stipend for our performing language students
- Provide materials (i.e. classroom materials, costumes, props, marketing materials) and additional rehearsal space