Invitation to the Social Sciences Conference offered to students to learn about their field.
It is accessible for all students because it takes place at the university hour.
Professor: Jocelyn Geliga Vargas Section: 086
Ingl: 3268 Date: November 4th, 2010
Conference for students majoring in Social Sciences
By: Paola Martínez Morales
The Círculo de Ciencias Sociales (Social Sciences Student Association) organized a conference on October, 28, 2010 at the University of Puerto Rico- Mayaguez (UPRM) CH-128 to inform students about the importance of social workers and their development as professionals.
Different students attended the event not only students majoring in social sciences but others interested in learning about it. Three of them co-organized the conference with two professors including Luisa Seijo Maldonado advisor of The Círculo.
The purpose of the conference was to celebrate Social Sciences Week by incorporating different activities and help students majoring in this field to understand their profession.
Seijo who is also a social worker explained her presentation. Students expressed their doubts about the definition of a social worker as well as ideas about how the field can become more appealing to others.
For the other part, the analyzing topic was the human being. Each human being has his/her own challenges. We can help others deal with them as individuals but we have to be aware that every person is different and will deal with insecurities or problems in a different manner.
A human being serves as an individual, group and a community. We must learn to develop our charisma in each of these to be able to serve another human being and serve the purpose of a social worker as indicated by Luisa Seijo Maldonado.
The same slide indicated that awareness, mobilization and creating spaces for people to organize and develop projects are all part of the social technology. Abraham Ruiz student of the UPRM defined social technology as an implementation of political sciences, social animation and a promotion of social services.
These students expressed their worries about the discrimination from other students and professors saying that this field does not offer enough work opportunities. A 45 percent of students majoring in this field fail to continue because of this discrimination Abraham Ruiz protested.
This problem not only affect students of the UPRM Christian Padilla a student from another department spoke out telling others his concern about his boyfriend not being offered the same growing experiences as the students in the UPRM. His boyfriend studies in the University of Puerto Rico-Humacao (UPRH) and there aren’t any conferences for people that are majoring in the social sciences department to educate themselves about the job opportunities.
The UPRM is one of the few universities that have educational conferences to help students of every concentration get involved and learn more. They don’t only study and take classes but can assist lectures that create professionals not like other students from other universities said Ivette Saldarriega who expressed her concern about the education of her sister who don’t study in the UPRM and finds her to feel insecure in her profession because the lack of educational activities in her university.
Other universities are more concerned about the prestige of its departments without realizing that if they don’t educate students these may end up confused and waste years figuring out what they want to study revealed a concern mother in endi.com. Students from the UPRM can start blogs and post these and other presentations to help other students from different universities get involved in their faculties of study, expressed Christian Padilla.
This was the last conference of the social sciences week and the students were satisfied with the information making Luisa promise to send the presentations via e-mail. These conferences will not only be part of the social sciences week but will be offered more frequently according to Seijo and her work group.
Almost all departments offer educational conferences and activities to help students and professors. At UPRM there are flyers promoting these conferences, which are accessible because most of them are offered at the university hour.