There are many issues and challenges affecting African Americans and other persons of color today. Some of them make the headlines but the majority of them do not. Throughout the past sixty years college students have played a significant role in bringing some of these issues to the forefront. On campuses today there are thousands of students having events, promoting initiatives, facilitating discussions, and so on focusing on social awareness and social responsibility. Although I do not have the empirical evidence to support my position, I submit that most of this good work goes unnoticed.
I believe that if we create a mechanism for college students to communicate and share information, a “Marketplace” of sorts, they will be in a better position to collaborate and work collectively. It is for this reason that The “Marketplace” for Social Awareness and Social Responsibility was launched.
We live in an age of social media. Dispersing information on a large scale quickly is no longer a challenge; a video clip can go viral virtually overnight. We can leverage social media to promote social awareness and social responsibility. We can create a place where information can be shared, issues discussed, and programs promoted.
As noted on the website "This site is a “Marketplace” to promote and support college campus based programs, initiatives, and events that address the socio-political issues facing us today. Whether it is discrimination, bigotry, violence, economic empowerment, or educational disparities, our mission is to provide a vehicle for college students to collaborate, unite, and effect change.
This website is not only for college students. It is for everyone who has an interest in fostering social awareness. Our students are the future leaders are tomorrow. We have a responsibility to ensure that we doing everything that we can to support them. We have an obligation to leverage our network of contacts that are out of school to assist our students wherever and whenever we can.”
MFSASR is a working website. That means that we expect you to work!! Answer polls, facilitate forum discussions, and send us pictures and videos to upload to the site. Tell us about your programs and events. We can make this a true “Marketplace” devoted to social issues. It’s up to us.
Ernest R. Heyward is the Founder and President of the Marketplace for Social Awareness and Social Responsibility Inc.