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"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” — Benjamin Franklin
In 2017, to highlight January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Howard-Bostic, the Anti-Human Trafficking Task force, and multiple community partners organized a "Teach In on Human Trafficking." The local community was invited to campus to learn about the dangers of human trafficking and ways to prevent and eliminate this worldwide problem. Stakeholders from law enforcement, legislative representatives and attorneys, healthcare advocates, and social workers educated the campus community. Teach In 101 included a panel about law enforcement, a group discussion about legislation, a study circle about community, and a mini conference about health care workers responses to human trafficking situations. There were approximately 120 participants in attendance.
Human Trafficking 102
As a follow-up, in October of 2017, Human Trafficking 102 provided break out sessions about survivor support, medical training, technology and violence, and the law. Nearly 100 participants were present. Howard-Bostic facilitated the panel discussions and Q & A sessions at each Teach-in event. Each event also included videos as digital tools for empowerment. Following the panel, there were four breakout sessions to engage participants. WV State Police Crimes Against Children Unit, Shenandoah Women’s Center, Shepherdstown and Martinsburg Rotary Clubs, Jefferson County Health Department, Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.), Eastern Panhandle HEAT, and Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking have been supporting organizations.
Overview, The Great Teachers Seminar
In April of 2016, Dr. Chiquita Howard-Bostic gave a Focus on Student Learning (FOSL) presentation to showcase her experience at the West Virginia Great Teachers Seminar at North Bend State Park in Cairo, West Virginia. She discussed the sociological imagination and one's the ability to perceive situations and circumstances in a wide social context. She taught the audience to observe how interactions and actions influence other individuals/situations. "Teaching provides an excellent context to explore the world," she explained. "Great teachers are always looking for opportunities to increase their own knowledge and passionate teachers understand that educators must become guides to learning."
The "Great Teachers" learning community is student focused and reveals a variety of learning experiences that find meaning and solidify new knowledge and skills. From June 15-18, 2015, Howard-Bostic engaged the thinking, perspectives, research, and vision presented at a 2015 Great Teaching Seminar. She was exposed to teaching and learning skills including interdisciplinary and multicultural collaborative strategies.