Social Responsibility: Whose Responsibility Is It?

By Kameylah Hakim, assessment specialist, Niagara Frontier Center

November 26, 2013

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has." — Margaret Mead  

“Social Responsibility: Whose Responsibility Is It?” is the central, unifying theme of this year’s Student Activity Committee (SAC) video-conferencing event. The goal is to engage students in the world around them.

In selecting a topic for this year, committee members talked about how students had volunteered when Hurricane Sandy hit NYC, specifically how helping others both rewards volunteers with personal satisfaction and accomplishment, while, more practically, it enhances a resume. The committee also wanted to share ideas about the interdependence of world communities and human beings’ mutual responsibility to each other, as well as create an intellectual environment that heightens awareness of how helping others ensures that future generations can enjoy the benefits of the earth currently taken for granted. 

The process of exploring these issues is meant to heighten awareness of the ideals of sustainability and social justice in living standards and education, including literacy, which facilitate access for people to basic information about both their wide world and their own communities to equip them to participate more fully in life. 

This year, SAC looks forward to involving students, faculty and others who want to join a discussion of the world around us and our responsibility to it — not just to dialogue, but also to inform participants about how to help both themselves and the planet. The first interactive forum, How You Get There Is Where You’ll Arrive: Moving Sustainable Thoughts into Action, held Nov. 13, 2013, kicked off the series. 

Join us for the next interactive forums.

  • Jan. 28, 2014: Getting By With a Little Help from Our Friends: Volunteerism
  • March 19, 2014: Reading Is Fundamental: Literacy in Our Schools and Around the Globe

Time: 6-8 p.m. 

Location: The panels will be located at Empire State College locations across the state and video conferenced to your local center. You can participate in the video conference at any one of the college’s regional centers or watch the live stream on a computer by going to

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The NYS AFL-CIO and the Workforce Development Institute Present Sandy Stories, By Jim McMahon, coordinator of student services, Harry VanArsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies; Susan Hains, director of health & human services, Workforce Development Institute

Did You Know...

Empire State College will be minimally staffed Wednesday, Nov. 27. Please check with local centers to find out if services for students will be available on that day.

The college is closed for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, and will not be open to serve the public on Friday, Nov. 29.

The technology helpdesk and the library are open Sunday, Dec. 1, from 1-9 p.m. EST as usual.

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