We can all grasp the notion that there are institutions in our lives that have the power to make us better by providing the physical space and organizational support to bring people together in a way that enlightens the individual and bonds a group...sometimes for life. Youth organizations, fraternal clubs and religious and community centers come to mind. What you may not know is that for the last hundred years an organization called ACUI, Association of College Unions International, has raised the concept of emotional learning to an art-form that complements and gives meaning to classroom education while allowing students to learn how to contribute to the greater good. Vermont Segment - It is one thing to go to college and learn about lofty issues like environmental sustainability. It is quite another to live it. For a hundred years college unions on thousands of campuses have been the ideological laboratories for important social causes from civil rights to world peace. At the University of Vermont, the college union is more than a place to think about the environment, it is a living example of what sustainability looks and feels like. But it is also a place that reflects the culture and ideas of the community in which it resides. California Segment - The College Union is the place on thousands of college campuses where students, faculty and the wider community come together to interact and learn from each other outside the classroom. At California State University-Northridge, the union serves as the visionary force that honors each individual and values diversity, braiding together different lives and experiences and then fastening them into a knot through friendships, discussions, and cooperation.
Visit the Website: http://www.acui.org/
Episode #1902 / Length: 26 minutes