By: Carolee Ramsay Student Engagement Coordinator & Asst. to Asst. Dean Stella and Charles Guttman Community College (CUNY)
The goals of Trending News Update Club are aligned with the Stella and Charles Guttman Learning Outcomes (GLO). The group is focused on deepening integrative learning beyond the classroom. In order for students to actively participate in local, regional, and national economies, they must be conversant in local and national issues in and beyond the news.
Students cannot formulate opinions on current issues if they are not fully engaged with the conversations and exchanges that underlie a given report. Furthermore, students have to be aware that there are multiple perspectives on any given issue in the news.
The main goal of the club is to educate and to spread awareness among Guttman students by critically thinking about the news through roundtable discussions of current news items, both locally and internationally. The club will widen and expand student’s ability to express their opinions in a well thought-out respectable manner. In addition, the club will in turn cause its members to become more critical thinkers not only within new issues but in life as well.
Since spring 2013, club members have met as a group to engage in intellectual conversations about pervasive issues in the news. This monitored space has allowed students to delve into issues that go well beyond political, historical, and socioeconomic issues addressed in the classroom. The forum allows students to deepen their broad integrative knowledge, builds intellectual skills for lifelong learning, promotes civic learning, engagement and social responsibility, and provides opportunities for applied learning.
TNU club was started as a student forum in Fall 2012 and has been facilitated by Professor Nicola Blake, Student Engagement Coordinator, Carolee Ramsay, and Professor Tracy Daraviras. It officially became a school club on September 11, 2013.
Students have delved into scintillating discussions so far, which include: Gun Control; National Security vs. Individual Freedom & Privacy; Stockholm Syndrome in the Cleveland Kidnappings; RacialJustice in the Trayvon Martin Case; US Involvement in Syrian Conflict; Human Rights and American Outsourcing; Women’s Rights and Freedom; and Sexuality in American Sports. Students’ feedback so far has been generally positive with comments such as, “I have learned to see issues through multiple lenses rather than my own cultural view” and I have better learned to support my own views with tangible evidence in my research papers.”
With 18 members, the group meets weekly during the Fall at Stella and Charles Guttman Community College during common hour and is currently planning to visit CBS “Face the Nation” and other media houses in NYC and Washington D.C.
Key contacts are: