Alliances Within and Across Our Community

On July 12th we had Dr. Niaz Kasravi, founder and director of the Avalan Institute and expert and advocate on criminal justice, social justice, and racial justice issues, as a special guest at camp. She covered various topics such as Iranian American identity and social justice issues like Black Lives Matter and criminal justice reforms. Campers shared that they found it very inspiring. We had an opportunity to speak to Dr. Kasravi after her presentation and ask her a few questions.

 

Campers

Campers also participated in a fun Team Challenge group activity which was a scavenger hunt across the campus. At each station they had clues which took them to the next stop. Success in the team challenge required communication, critical thinking, leadership skills, and fun!

Campers 2

In the afternoon, campers had gender talks, discussions divided into groups based on gender and age group. Gender talks give campers the opportunity to bond with their peers and talk about issues that impact them.

In the evening, we had another round of Iranian cultural workshops including topics such as women in Iran, Iranian dance, Iranian film, and Iranian poetry and literature.  In our Iranian dance workshop, Bandari and Azari dances were taught and excerpts from the Shahnameh were shown in our poetry and literature workshop. Campers shared that they enjoy learning about the various aspects of Iranian culture that they don’t always get to learn in school and also had fun while doing so.

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