A new book produced by students in Professor Christine Henseler’s spring class, Millennials and Social Change: The Rise of the Everyday Changemaker, is available on Amazon.
“Generation Now: Millennials Call for Social Change,” features deeply personal articles by students on topics that include poverty, pollution, mental illness, sexual abuse and income inequality.
“This is a book that infuses a bit of hope into the conversation about the next generation and the potential uses of digital technologies,” said Henseler, professor of Spanish.
“The course was, without a doubt, the most transformative experience of my life. And the students' courageous personal stories and calls for change have provided me with so much hope for the future.”
Students were divided into five teams to create the book: writing, editing, typesetting, cover design, and marketing and social media.
The contributors are:
Emily Adams: My Trauma Shapes Me, But I’m Not Defined By It
Taylor Allen: “Labor for Learning”: Understanding Immigration Through Family Stories
Randi Broadwell: Wanting the Cake and Eating it Too
Hana Brown: Conversations With A Goat Girl
Megan Brown: Who Said It Was “Daddy’s Money?”
Kaitlyn Connor: No Child Left Behind...Except You, You, and You
Sasha Currie: OMG, Please Kill Me Now
Giuseppe De Spuches: We Don’t Need No Education
Jacques Pierre Treguier: A Solution to Pollution
Hamza Ghumman: When They Don't Take You Seriously
Phoebe Hallahan: My Television Romance
Brooke Mackenzie: Can You Hear Me or Am I Crazy?: Breaking The Stigma on Mental Health
Anna Mahony: Life in Plastic is Not Fantastic
Kate Osterholtz: The Birds and Bees and Everything in Between
Ademilola Oyetuga: The Ones Left Behind: How America is Failing the Poor
Hayden Paneth: The Crossed Out, Torn Out Pages
Kathleen Sinatra: “But You Look Fine!”: Navigating High School with an Invisible, Chronic Illness
All royalties collected will be donated to COCOA House, which provides afterschool tutoring and other programs to Schenectady children.