Adelphi Students and Faculty Return from U.S. Social Forum in Detroit, Michigan

Adelphi University’s Nicole Bruno ’13, Janae Cummings ’13, Beverly Gantt ’12, Florie St. Aime ’11, Brittany Consigli ’10, and Donna Truong ’10, volunteered and took part in a research project with members from other universities.

Garden City, NY, July 11, 2010 --( Six members of the Adelphi University community, accompanied by Assistant Professor Melanie Bush, recently attended the second United States Social Forum (USSF). The forum was held from June 22 to June 26, 2010, in Detroit, Michigan. The group led a workshop together with participants from St. John’s University and Binghamton University titled “How Things Change as They Stay the Same: Perceptions, Realities, and Implications for Intergenerational Collaboration.”

The workshop explored how society in the United States has changed from the 1960s to today. Participants came away with a greater understanding of how race, class, gender, and sexuality are viewed by different generations. They also reflected on ways that inter-generational collaboration can foster a greater understanding of societal changes, using the last 40 years as a reference.

“After meeting with Provost Baltimore, the [Adelphi] delegation began the process of structuring the workshop,” said Donna Truong ’10, who participated in the forum. She explained that through Professor Bush and participation at the Left Forum (March 2010, Pace University), the delegation was able to connect with faculty and students from St. Johns’ and Binghamton University. Together, they reflected on social change, intergenerational organizing, and personal transformation.

Adelphi’s ambassadors to the USSF, Nicole Bruno ’13, Janae Cummings ’13, Beverly Gantt ’12, Florie St. Aime ’11, Brittany Consigli ’10, and Donna Truong ’10, volunteered their services and took part in a research project with members from other universities across the country. The information and interviews gathered will be archived as part of the People’s University of the USSF, and serve as a resource for others hoping to better understand the United States and World Social Forum processes. Adelphi’s faculty and administrators expressed great support of the delegation’s participation in the forum. A fall “report-back” is scheduled; information about the date and location can be obtained by contacting the delegation at

“The students came back with many ideas for things they can do, people who they can work with and long-term connections they can make,” said Adelphi Assistant Professor Bush. “They are committed to bringing this experience back to campus both in the form of oral, written, and creative expression as well as by infusing what they learned into their ongoing co-curricular activities.”

For more information about the forum, please visit To learn more about Adelphi, visit Read about the participants’ experiences at

About the United States Social Forum: The United States Social Forum (USSF) is a movement-building process where individuals come together to find solutions to the economic and ecological crises in our nation and the world. The USSF seeks to build an extensive multi-racial, multi-sector, inter-generational, inclusive, international movement that transforms the United States and changes history.

About Adelphi University: Adelphi University, chartered in 1896, was the first institution of higher education for the liberal arts and sciences on Long Island. Through its schools and programs—The College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, and the Schools of Business, Nursing, and Social Work—the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,500 students from 41 states and 63 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University maintains a commitment to liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.

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