Association of Political Science Students Serve Up Global Awareness at Bake Sale Fundraiser
Members of the Association of Political Science Students (APSS) at California State University, Dominguez Hills held a bake sale last year to help support the building of a school in Afghanistan. This year, they responded to a new crisis at hand, the aftermath of Typhoon Ketsana, which killed hundreds in the Philippines last week. Senior Nicole Bwrede, who serves as APSS public relations chair, says that the focus of the fundraiser is not just to help the typhoon's victims, but to make fellow students more aware of current events across the globe.
“Not a lot of people knew about [Ketsana],” she says of the disaster that has killed 277 people, left tens of thousands homeless, and damaged or destroyed
more than $100 million in crops, infrastructure and property. “The American media is not showing it as much as it should be. Today is not just about raising money with the bake sale. It’s about getting more students to be aware of what’s going on outside the United States.”
John Sagale, junior, political science and APSS events coordinator, says that the organization has set a goal of making the CSU Dominguez Hills student population more aware of issues that may seem remote but do affect them, and how they can respond.
“We’re working on an event to get students more aware and involved in the budget crisis,” he says. “We want to get them to come to the conclusion that everything that’s going on affects them in some form. They may be aware but they don’t know how to get involved. We’re hoping to be that vehicle to help them get to where they want to be.”
For more information on APSS or on its pre-election activities at CSUDH, contact Hamoud Salhi at (310) 243-3982, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Joanie Harmon
Photo above: Members of the Association of Political Science Students (APSS) hold a bake sale to aid typhoon victims in the Philippines.
L-R: Cortni Shipley, senior, philosophy and vice president; Hamoud Salhi, assistant professor of political science and faculty advisor; John Sagale, senior, political science and event chair; Nicole Bwrede, senior, political science and public relations chair; Maritza Arizaga, senior, political science; Roberto Ramos, senior, political science; Kambiz Mostofizadeh, junior, political science; Sheldon Lowe, senior, political science; and Henry Fields, Sr. (Class of '09, B.A., political science), programs coordinator, Center for Service Learning, Internships and Civic Engagement (SLICE).
Photo by Joanie Harmon