The semester is in full swing as everyone has been studying hard for midterms, and getting their service hours in. While everyone has been busy, they have not let it damper the smiles they bring into class every week. As a first generation student myself, I can relate to the challenges the students face, which makes me want to help them be the most successful even more as their peer mentor!
This semester all the students in the LLC are in a class titled POL-SCI 150: Voting Rights. The class sparks a lot of stimulating discussion especially since this is an election year. David Bowen, a representative for Milwaukee district 10 came to talk to the students about the challenges he faces as being one of the only black representatives for the district. The students said they really enjoyed him coming in and speaking to them because he faces many of the same challenges as they do.
This is me and the rest of the students in the LLC in our classroom in the Northwest Quadrant!
Not only do the students discuss different voting rights in class, and how different cultures and races are affected, but they also do service learning outside of class. This service learning helps the students get valuable volunteer experience that will help them understand topics discussed in class, and make them overall better people. I know that some people are even planning on working the polls during election day, this way they can have a positive influence on how election day goes.
Professor Shah and the students attended a speech given by two of the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, where the they talked about social injustices and activism. Everyone had an amazing time listening to a couple people who influenced so many others. They even stopped by Sal’s pizza before the event to grab a bite to eat!
As you can see the First Generation LLC is staying busy and having fun while doing it! Check back next month to see what’s new with the LLC.
-Cassie Siedschlag, Peer Mentor