Patricia Siplon, professor of political science, traveled to Washington, D.C., in October to attend Fall Uprising, which is the National Student Global AIDS Campaign conference. She attended with five students (Natalie Bates, Abbie Bohlen, Justin Gaudreault, Aislinn Hanley, Jonah Hunt, and one co-leader, Bhuttu Matthews (who works in Campus Security and is a psych grad student). Trish also gave a talk entitled “What Is Power?” at the conference. Some from among the group met with an alumna from the staff from the office of Vermont U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy ’61: Amelia Seman. Trish and two student members of the SMC Student Global AIDS Campaign (SGAC), Jonah Hunt '20 and Josh Dionne '20, were featured guests on the Dave Gram Show, a regular weekday news call-in show from Waterbury radio station WDEV, on Thursday, December 6. They were invited to speak for the second hour of the show on the national and global threats to progress in eradicating AIDS, including the ways that current American immigration policy may undermine both funding and treatment for people living with and at risk for HIV. On November 10, Trish and recent graduate Victoria Smith (’18 International Relations) presented at the 50th annual NPSA (Northeastern Political Science Association) conference in Montreal, Canada. Their co-authored paper, “Power Dynamics and Global Health Care Worker Inequities" explores the ways in which power inequalities at multiple levels and in multiple forms intersect to create and perpetuate drastic health care worker shortages in developing countries. She also had a non-academic publication in The Long Trail News, “Beaver Meadow Trail,” a story about winter camping at the Beaver Meadow Lodge with a group of friends (including St. Mike’s colleague Rai Farrelly). https://www.greenmountainclub.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/GMC.Winter2018_p7_FINAL.pdf
(posted January 2019)
Patricia Siplon, professor of political science, was the keynote speaker at the National Student Global AIDS Campaign Conference held at Harvard University February 21. She delivered a talk entitled "Global HIV/AIDS Activism and the Role of Students -- Past, Present and Future.” She will also deliver a paper entitled "First Do No Harm: Power, Partnerships and Pedagogy in Community-Engaged Learning" at the Annual Midwest Political Science Association Panel. She will also serve as chair and discussant for a panel entitled "Enhancing Civic Engagement." She will be accompanied by a student, Kyra Payne, who will be presenting a poster of her research paper entitled "Looking for the Next Meal: Food and Water Insecurity among Tanzania's Impoverished" based on field work in Tanzania supported by a Summer Research Grant from the Academic Vice President in 2014.
(Posted April 2015)