The topic of my first op-ed is an article written by the Naperville Sun about the number of sexual assaults on our campus because April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and it’s a topic that is very important to me.
My favorite part of this course was the conversation we had centered on the book Nobody. I really enjoyed that book and what Hill was able to accomplish by linking the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, etc. to deeper, more systemic issues with racism and our flawed criminal justice system. It was such an important book!
I also enjoyed being able to interject so much opinion in the course as a whole. It was less about academics and research than my other courses (many of the other courses were based on theory) and more based on current events and other important topics, like feminism, which I loved having the opportunity to talk about as a group. It has been a great experience!
My name is Stefany and this is my last term in the MLD program! Only 77 more days to go, woohoo!!!
I started my college education at Joliet Junior College, where I received my Associate of Arts in 2013. Then I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Governors State University in 2015. My concentration in the MLD program is Higher Education Leadership and I currently serve as the Graduate Assistant for the Dyson Wellness Center here at NCC. I coordinate the health education and violence prevention events on campus (like Dyson Dog Days) and supervise our Peer Health Educators.
I have held progressively responsible positions in Student Affairs since I was an undergraduate, which have each helped me to realize my passion for working with college students. Over spring break, I attended a huge higher education hiring event in San Antonio and interviewed with 6 colleges from around the country for positions like Residence Hall Director, Coordinator for Programming and…
I also think our criminal justice/prison systems would be a lot better off if we took a more educational (versus a punitive) approach. In the case of violent crimes, I think incarceration is important to maintain the safety of the public, but when it comes to some nonviolent crimes (especially drugs), I think we should be investing more in rehabilitation than in punishment. More often than not, the people we are imprisoning need help, not to be locked up, where they often have access to drugs even more readily than on the streets. Education, compassion, and rehabilitation are key, in my opinion.