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Eco Reps + SHADES

Students Honoring All Differences and Embracing Similarities (SHADES) and the Eco-Representatives (Eco-Reps) recently teamed up to combat environmental problems that disproportionately affect people of color, such as the Flint water crisis and the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), said SHADES Co-president Rebecca Mironko ’19, who spearheaded the collaboration.      Students Honoring All Differences and Embracing Similarities (SHADES) and the Eco-Representatives (Eco-Reps) recently teamed up to combat environmental problems that disproportionately affect people of color, such as the Flint water crisis and the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), said SHADES Co-president Rebecca Mironko ’19, who spearheaded the collaboration. The collaboration began when Rebecca reached out to a few Eco-Reps and their faculty advisor with her plan to build a project around environmental issues that harm underprivileged groups.  On May 11, the groups hosted a bake sale, earning just over $150, which they plan to use to donate clean water and filters directly to Flint, Michigan. They have also signed a petition by the Standing Rock Foundation in protest of DAPL. To raise community awareness, the students have emailed several articles about these issues to What’s Happening, and they are working on letters to send to Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey and Representative Katherine Clark.   “We hope that BB&N students in SHADES and Eco-Reps and outside have learned something new about environmental racism. I don’t want this to be the last we hear of this, either,” Rebecca said. “Whether it’s updating people on the progress of Standing Rock and Flint, running a Community Day workshop on [people of color] and environmental issues, or doing something more like partnering with an outside organization, I want to follow through.”

 

French Winners

This spring, students in World Languages Department Head Cécile Roucher-Greenberg’s Advanced Placement French Language and Culture class won a combined $1,800 after placing first, second, and third in the inaugural Concours Vidéo de langue française, a French language video competition held in honor of French-speaking month. This spring, students in World Languages Department Head Cécile Roucher-Greenberg’s Advanced Placement French Language and Culture class won a combined $1,800 after placing first, second, and third in the inaugural Concours Vidéo de langue française, a French language video competition held in honor of French-speaking month. The competition invited all New England and New York State high schools and college students to create and submit a one- to two-minute video in French that, according to the contest’s website, described which countries they would choose to study the French language and culture. After competing against students from roughly 11 other schools, Claudia Inglessis ’18 and Anna Garrity ’19 won first place and $1,000; Ben Morris, Ali Plump, and Eve Grimshaw (all ’18) won second and $500; and Rose Meier ’17, Owen Hakim, and Ian McJohn (both ’18) took third and $300. The prize money is intended to support the winners’ trips to the countries they discussed in their videos, Ali said. “Not only did their videos show how well they knew the French-speaking countries they had chosen, but they also showed how aware of cultural differences one needs to be when studying abroad and how enriching [traveling] can be,” Ms. Roucher-Greenberg said. “Last but not least, in order to be convincing and informational in less than two minutes, my students spoke in very sophisticated, near fluent French. I am very proud of all their success!”

 

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