Equity in Action Summer Internship Program (EASI)

Curriculum

Each summer, EASI will provide students an understanding of one community’s social determinants of health with a social justice lens.  Students are required to participate in the program from Monday to Friday and will spend 3 or 4 days a week at their assigned community agency.  When not at their assigned community agency, the students will alternate between New Brunswick and Newark for workshop sessions, skills building trainings, days of service, and / or virtual team sessions.

  • Workshops will provide insight into the health and wellness of specific populations (LGBTQIA+, formerly incarcerated, disabilities, substance use, HIV / AIDs) with a specific focus on social determinants of health for these populations (food security, supportive housing, education, and training). Other workshops will introduce the students to community-based teams that provide multiple resources (social services, health, etc.) that seek to assist communities (for example, a Public Health Department or a non-profit organization).
  • Skills building trainings will allow students to obtain new skills such as Mental Health First Aid; racial equality; trauma, resilience, and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs); safe spaces, and / or trauma-informed care.

Students will be expected to write three reflection papers, a final group paper and a presentation / poster during the seven-week session. The reflection papers will be written at the beginning, middle and end of the program. The student groups will write a paper as a group, a copy of which will be provided to the team’s community agency. The poster will be presented at the end of the program to site preceptors, community members, faculty advisors and other students.