As part of the Interpersonal Communications course, Assistant Professor Reem El-Radi recently gave her sections an optional assignment called the Dunwoody Random Act of Kindness project to be completed throughout the month of October.
“The objective of the assignment is to recognize kindness as a lifelong interpersonal skill that’s critical to the success and creation of caring communities,” El-Radi said.
As part of this initiative, several students banned together to do some extraordinary things in their community.
One group of students elected to clean Dunwoody’s parking lot. Prepared with their own cleaning supplies, they spent an hour collecting trash from the large lot.
Another group raised $600 for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. The funds will be donated to Direct Relief, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a stated mission to “improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations by mobilizing and providing essential medical resources needed for their care.”
And finally, first-semester Architecture students signed up to volunteer raking leaves for elderly residents in East Saint Paul on October 27. Despite the snow coming down that day, students showed up to rake leaves for two residents in the neighborhood.
Thank you to all the students who participated in this optional assignment to make your communities a better place!