Taught by Judy Voelker
Survey of world cultures, primarily non-literate, using various anthropological approaches; development from simple to more complex cultural systems.
- Professor Judy Voelker
Our anthropology class, World Cultures has spent this semester learning about various cultures and ethnic groups worldwide -- from hunter gatherers to sedentary groups. In the process we also learned about our own region and its cultural heritage.
The class is largely freshman students, attending in-person classes on campus for the first time. We are a diverse group with several international students - as well many other students who have grown up in this region and also throughout the state. There are 40 of us-- sitting shoulder-to-shoulder, with masks on, every Tuesday and Thursday at the noon hour. And over the course of the semester, we've developed - as our own community of learners. The Mayerson Project has opened our eyes to community needs and we have all benefited from this experience.
"Working with the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project was an incredible and unique learning experience. One thing this experience taught me a lot about was the community that live in and some of the help offered to those in need in my area. This project also taught us how to research philanthropic organizations to understand the service they provide to the community. This experience also teaches us empathy for problems we may unknowingly be turning a blind eye to because of what we have going on as individuals.
Working with the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project also allowed for us to assist advocates for a diverse group of people. The charity we chose works directly with immigrants and refugees in our local area to give them tools to help their integration into this community. They assist by providing multiple resources that these people might not otherwise have access to such as English as a second language classes, citizenship testing assistance, virtual buddy program, college preparation, job readiness, application assistance, and many more to give these people the skills to thrive.
Working with the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project was an amazing learning experience. This experience taught myself and my classmates how individual philanthropy can make organizations more vibrant, provide alternative learning opportunities, and advocate for diverse people."- ANT 201 student on their experience with MSPP