FIA, SAE and VE Present: Men Stopping Violence at Emory

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Winship Ballroom DUC

As part of Emory’s second annual Sexual Assault Awareness Week, Feminists in Action, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Volunteer Emory are bringing Atlanta-based social change organization Men Stopping Violence to campus to discuss the language of sexual violence. Join us for an interactive event led by MSV Executive Director Ulester Douglas and Director of Training Lee Giordano that will cover topics ranging from definitions to prevention of sexual violence at Emory, in Atlanta and beyond. All are welcome, and we seek to include as many voices as possible in this discussion. For questions, feel free to contact Sammy Karon at or reach out to a representative from FIA, SAE or VE. We hope to see you there! FB Event


Remembering a Movement

The way that historical movements are represented impacts their power to inspire and influence work for social justice today. Join Volunteer Emory and the Barkley Forum for a discussion on the representation of the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

Date: January 20, 2015

Time: 6:30:00 pm

Place: Brooks Commons

For more information, visit
Sponsored by: Volunteer Emory, Barkley Forum

WST Trees Atlanta

On Saturday mornings from 8:30-12:30, Emory students serve with Trees Atlanta, a nonprofit citizens’ group which has planted over 100,000 trees in the city since 1985.  Volunteers plant, mulch, and water saplings in a different neighborhood each weekend in order to help preserve Atlanta’s irreplaceable urban forest.  For more information about Trees Atlanta, visit  To sign up for a trip with Volunteer Emory, contact Laila Atalla at

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Volunteer Emory Staff Fall Info Session October 21st!


Interesting in leading weekly service trips? Learning more about new social justice topics? Being more involved on campus?

This is a general call for people interested in applying to be on VE Staff to come to the info session. In order to apply for the position, it is mandatory you attend one info session. There will be 2 more info sessions in the spring, but the earlier the better!

For more information, you can click the following link:”

via (10) Volunteer Emory Staff Fall Info Session.

Non-Profit Networking Night Recap

nonprofit networing night

We hope you all had a great time at NONPROFIT NETWORKING NIGHT!

Click here for more information on the list of Nonprofits that were at the event including…

Education & Mentoring
At-Risk Youth
Human Rights
Public Health/Medicine
Urban Agriculture
Arts & Culture
Poverty, Hunger & Homelessness
Mental Health
Women’s Issues
Refugees & Immigrants
Environmental & Sustainability efforts
International Relief
Community Building
Older Adults/Seniors
Economic Development
Law & Advocacy
Policy Work
…and more!

SJD: Breaking Barriers “What It’s Like to Be Low-Income at Emory”

SJD: Breaking Barriers. Wednesday, September 30th at 7:30pm in the Math and Science Atrium.

What It’s Like to Be Low-Income at Emory

Kaylee Tuggle

Being low-income at Emory is sort of like being alone. Every person I’ve talked to talks about it like they’re the only one who experiences it. “I didn’t go to a high school like everybody else did,” they say. “I can’t do any of the things other students do because I have to work.” And I want to say, me too, but I don’t want it to be a competition, because if you’ve ever taken the privilege walk, you know that being low-income doesn’t just mean you don’t have a lot of money. It can mean you have a computer, but you don’t have health insurance. Or you go out on the weekends, but you also contribute money to your family’s caretaking. Your poor doesn’t look like my poor but neither of us could afford to go here unless our mothers worked for five years straight with no bills and yet here we are.

And being low-income at Emory is sort of like getting slapped in the face every day, because every day you wake up to people who drive gorgeous cars that they didn’t pay for, with namebrand clothes that they didn’t pay for, with passports with stamps that they didn’t pay for, and with Macbooks, iPhones, and iPads that they did not pay for. And every day there’s some new insult to who I am on this campus, like a parking pass that costs more than half of what I paid for my car, or a sign to boycott Wal-Mart. I can’t afford not to shop at Wal-Mart. And there really isn’t anything that grinds my gears quite like shaming poor people in the name of poor people and PS, Target and Wal-Mart have the same average hourly wage for their cashiers, so unless the protestors are going to start paying for my toothpaste and deodorant, they can stop hating on Wal-Mart.

Being low-income at Emory is sort of like becoming someone else. At Emory, you’re the student leader, the academic, the studious class-goer, the sitter on the quad. You’re the one next in line at Twisted Taco and the one flashing your prox card to get back into your dorm. And when you go home, you remember who really you are. You’re the one who did something with her life. The smart one. The one who’s going to buy her dad any musical instrument he wants one day, who’s going to take her mother to New York City for the first time, who’s going to carry everyone’s hopes and dreams and expectations until home doesn’t feel at all like home anymore.
Emory has been educational in so many more ways than I ever knew it would be. For example, I was not convinced that people actually shopped at Old Navy – my favorite pants are indeed Old Navy, but I paid $7 for them at a thrift store. I also was not aware that there are people in the world who go on cruises for Spring Break, but there are. I did not know there were restaurants nicer than Outback Steakhouse, did not know that people actually pay to take SAT courses, did not know that there were jobs like consulting and investment banking and physician’s assisting because where I’m from, everyone works in food service, retail, or, if they’re lucky, nursing. And being low-income at Emory is sort of like being brought into an elite club you didn’t know you were joining until you were already in it, because I learned all of those things as part of my initiation. But there is no trace of the teachings from where I came. Nobody here is taught that when you donate toys to poor children, you have to remove or scratch off the barcode so that it won’t be returned for drug money. Nobody here is taught what DFCS means. Nobody here is taught every home remedy in the book because you don’t have insurance, and you can’t afford to be charged for not having insurance. Nobody here is taught what it is like to spend the summer being asked “Is this what you imagined for yourself, being a waitress at Waffle House?” by customers who assume you didn’t graduate high school. Those aren’t things I learned at Emory. Those are things that I learned every day before I got here.

SJD- Breaking Barriers