Dr. Howard-Bostic has partnered with professors of law, Dr. Monica Sapucaia Machado (Instituto Brasiliense de Direito Publico in Brasília-Brazil) and Dr. Denise de Almeida (University Center Christus in Fortaleza CE-Brazil). The COIL project has been designed to inspire students, professors, researchers, and faculty members to explore social justice initiatives and social systems of discrimination impacting academic communities internationally. Three institutions are exchanging academic content, skills, and competences. They will conduct three constructive workshops, with in-depth conversations about gender identities and the roles of science, society, and culture. The film, “Gender Revolution” by Katie Couric/National Geographic will prompt introductory conversations on the three campuses about transgender identities and contemporary concepts for understating gender relations. The project is designed to disentangle internal beliefs, attitudes, and pre-judgments while encouraging communities to work toward justice at every level and facilitate deep learning and change.
Dr. Chiquita Howard-Bostic was the 2016-2017 recipient of Shepherd University's "Outstanding Service Award", a faculty excellence award and most significant honor conferred upon faculty who shows exceptional dedication to the value of learning through service and creative outreach initiatives on campus and throughout the community at large. Howard-Bostic's role as an advocate has been to bring university and community members together to inform these populations about social problems and related solutions. She organizes events, creates related surveys and produces analyses, and challenges students to grasp a better understanding of the related literature. The projects typically involve service and experiential learning assignments and faculty-led student research to encourage the next generation to empower their peers.
Kiva is an international nonprofit that raises money online to loan to people in communities around the world. The theme of the 2017 Kiva Campaign, a campus-wide fundraiser, was “Give Change for the World.” In only 4 hours, the campus raised $340 of coins to help pay for a variety of needs. The loans were made available to borrowers in six countries. Kiva borrowers selected work in many industries and were farmers, artisans, students, shopkeepers, builders, and restaurant owners. Our Kiva Campaign also assisted underprivileged and marginalized populations, providing some an opportunity to attend vocational training programs, a university or other higher education institution. This Kiva campaign provided support to social entrepreneurship abroad. The event was designed to help grow businesses, create meaningful employment, and generate an innovative social impact around the world.
Red Flag Campaign
In the fall of 2016, Dr. Howard-Bostic and colleagues organized the "Red Flag Campaign" with support from the Shepherd community and local organizations. The Red Flag Campaign, a Title IX and healthy relationships campaign urged the Shepherd community to engage in social action and learn new bystander intervention techniques. Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. The project promoted healthy relationships, freedom, respect, happiness, equality, and safety. Howard-Bostic encouraged members of the entire Shepherd community to take a stand by raising red flags about jealousy, control, put-downs, abuse, and other related behaviors. Members of the campus community decorated 800+ red flags as warning signs for dating violence and placed them on campus to showcase campus action. Participants were asked to complete a campus-wide survey. Faculty and students involved in the project will present the survey findings at a professional conference.
The 4 day Flag display took place on West Campus Drive on the Shaw Hall lawn of Shepherd University. The 800+ decorated Red Flags showcased Shepherd campus action regarding sexual violence prevention. Several local newspapers featured stories about the event and explained how the symbolic statement was powerful for the campus and the community.
What main themes were discussed during the kickoff lecture?
The kickoff lecture, “The Red Flag as the Voice of the Shepherd Family” was presented by Dr. Chiquita Howard-Bostic at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education auditorium. DOWNLOAD the PowerPoint presentation.
What is a "Healthy Relationships Instagram Campaign"?
The Healthy Relationships Instagram campaign was launched for 3 days using Instagram @Shepherdu. Students and community members posted images and videos about their experiences and participation in the Red Flag Campaign.