March 31, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

PossePlus Retreat 2015The Office of Civic Engagement and Service-Learning at Bucknell University will host a resource fair Wednesday, April 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Walls Lounge of the Elaine Langone Center.

The resource fair, "Crime, Punishment and Justice: What Can You Do?" is free and open to the public.

Campus and community organizations will staff information tables to share their missions, educate the public, and recruit volunteers as needed. The event is an opportunity for students to get involved locally.

"Young people have a desire to create change, but need to know about options for connecting with groups that can make a difference," explained Janice Butler, director of civic engagement and service-learning at Bucknell.

Groups invited include: Students for Sensible Drug Policy, The Lewisburg Prison Project, Susquehanna Valley Mediation Project, Day Reporting Program for Nonviolent Offenders, Transitions-Domestic Violence Shelter and Rape Crisis Program, C.A.R.E., Empowering Voices, Ban the Box Campaign, Black Lives Matter, and Speak up Bucknell.

Program attendees will have the opportunity to take actions such as signing a petition, learning their rights, finding out about opportunities to visit an inmate or to help someone with addiction issues, or to take a class to become more informed. "We hope that this event will help channel frustration with the system into productive efforts to improve society," Butler said. 

In February, more than 200 students and staff participated in the Posse Plus Retreat, a weekend of learning and discussion around such issues as police profiling, the war on drugs, immigration reform, sexual assault, juvenile offenders, and prison rehabilitation.

The national Posse Foundation selects promising students from urban areas for scholarships to top-notch schools based on their leadership potential. The Bucknell Posse scholars come from Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

For more information about the resource fair, call Bucknell's Office of Civic Engagement at 570-577-3973.