Cabrini day took place on Nov. 13. The 2018 Cabrini day small group presentation winners were Hope Daluisio and Angelina Miller. Dr. Zurek’s Engagements with the Common Good (ECG) 100 class won the best large group presentation.
What was the small group winners’ presentation about?
Miller and Daluisio’s presentation was titled “Mental Health is Ruff” which was about mental health issues and the importance of recognizing those issues.
“We wanted our presentation to be interactive so we instantly thought, the best way to explain support for mental health was to have an emotional support animal at our table,” senior Hope Daluisio said.
The idea of an emotional support dog touched the hearts of the people who attended Cabrini day which, was a great way to stand out compared to everyone else’s presentations. The emotional support dog’s name was Kya. Her purpose was to get people to come up to the table, pet her and interact with her.
What is an emotional support dog?
“An emotional support dog is an animal companion that somehow benefits a person who suffers from a mental illness,” Daluisio said.
So, not just the owners who are blind, but people who also suffer from depression, anxiety and any other form of mental illness need a companion to love and care about. Having an emotional support animal can make the biggest difference in someone’s life. All it takes is one person or animal to make the biggest difference in someone’s life.
What was the large group award winners’ presentation about?
Zurek’s ECG 100 class, explained the harsh realities of modern-day slavery and encouraged viewers to make smart and educated decisions on what to spend to change the world.
As of September 2017, there are over 40 million people in the world who still experience slavery and out of those 40 million, one-fourth of them are children. Slavery is located in parts of Africa, Asia, and the Pacific region. Modern-day slavery is broken down into four parts.
What are the four parts of modern day slavery?
The four parts are labor, forced marriage, forced sexual exploitation and state-imposed forced labor.
About 16,000,000 people are forced to labor. Around 15,400,000 people are forced to marry. Over 4,800,000 people are forced for sexual exploitation and around 4,100,1000 people are forced into state-imposed labor.
What are the percentages of children and women who are affected?
Children make up about 37 percent of those forced to marry, 18 percent forced labor victims and 21% of victims who are forced sexual exploitation.
Women make up about 71 percent of the slavery victims and 99 percent of women and girls are used for the commercial sex industry.
“My part was to explain how modern-day slavery starts with the companies and works their way down to the children who suffer from slavery,” Juliet Jacob, a student in Zurek’s ECG 100 class, said.
Hard work pays off
Working in a big group can be very difficult because everyone has to be dependent on each other and trust each other to do their part for the presentation. Winning an award after putting in hard work can be very satisfying.