Sacramento: Documentary on Sexual Exploitation Raises Consciousness
With support from Cal Humanities, the CSU Sacramento Honors Program, in collaboration with Community Against Sexual Harm (CASH) and Take I Productions created the video “OFF-TRACK: A Behind the Scenes Look at Prostitution.” The video aims to inform and raise awareness of prostitution in the local communities of Sacramento and to inspire others to use non-judgment in providing services to victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Audiences are given a glimpse into the lives of local women who become involved in sex work and the difficulties that arise when trying to leave. It also sheds light on the work being done by law enforcement and neighborhood groups to find long-term solutions. An estimated 1,500 people attended the screening, with representation from Sacramento State students, faculty, administration, community organizations, and law enforcement.
“There is an importance of the visceral in civic engagement. When we go out somewhere to apply all the theories we are learning in class, and immerse our actual bodies in the experience, we are putting ourselves at risk—at risk to actually engage in our community mind, body, and soul.”
—Amy Bush, Sacramento State student
community engagement through the arts:
Music brought together Humboldt State students and senior citizens from a local residential living center in McKinleyville, California. For two semesters, students in two string quartets participated in service-learning music courses where they were given the chance to develop their repertoire during the fall semester and perform their pieces in the spring.
In the Arts and Letters 354: Community Impact Media course, CSU Los Angeles students learned the art of filmmaking and helped put a face on critical issues impacting our nation's youth.
Named after proposed legislation called the Media and Public Health Act, MPHA_CSUN is an interdisciplinary service-learning project to educate, engage and empower students to counteract the influence of the media's picture-perfect body “ideal” on their health and wellbeing.