Mount St. Joseph University

Mount St. Joseph University Honors Students Explore New York and United Nations Goals

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By: Elizabeth Bookser Barkley

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(left to right): Emma O’Dell, Riley Ferguson, Diamond Caulton, Tiffany Nascimento, A. J. Keith, Brooke Kinney, Sydney Dotson, Katie Drinkuth, Dr. Jim Bodle and Nick Sjulin

For the eleventh year, a group of Mount St. Joseph University students spent a week in New York as part of the course United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Global and Local under the leadership of Elizabeth Bookser Barkley, Ph.D., and Jim Bodle, Ph.D.

The focus of the trip is the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. While in New York, students toured the United Nations and visited with representatives of MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization. They also learned about Elizabeth Ann Seton's life in New York by visiting significant locations from her life such as Ellis Island and Episcopal and Catholic churches. During the semester, students researched one of the Sustainable Development Goals and its connection to local issues. Students also participated in Service Learning at a local organization with some connection to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

This year, they also visited Roosevelt Island and a monument to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s The Four Freedoms, which he articulated in a January 1941 speech: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. In preparing for the visit to Roosevelt Island, students read a chapter from a forthcoming book, written by Mount history professor Peter Robinson, Ph.D., titled “'The Charity of Christ Urges Us’: Women, War, and the Four Freedoms of Mount St. Joseph University.”

The Honors students that participated in the trip are Diamond Caulton, Sydney Dotson, Katherine Drinkuth, Riley Ferguson, Andrew Keith, Brooke Kinney, Tiffany Nascimento, Emma O’Dell, Nick Sjulin, and Madison Yoder.