Action Projects

Each semester Dr. Davis’ Psychology of Trauma class takes on a project of their own design to help individuals or groups directly affected by trauma, or the effects of traumatic experiences.

Fall 2014

“I went and volunteered at the Laura Dester Shelter. I went 1-2 a week for a couple hours and I played with the little kids and helped out the staff at the shelter with the kids in any way they asked me, which could be helping clean up or gathering the kids around the table for meals. It was a wonderful experience to get to see the progress children who have been through a traumatic experience make during their day to day.”

“At the beginning of the semester I started a new student organization called the Student Alliance for Violence Education (SAVE). For our first event we partnered with Advocacy Alliance and brought The Clothesline Project to the University of Tulsa. The Clothesline Project brings public attention to domestic violence by decorating shirts that represent an individual’s experience. We set up tables in the cafeteria and the student union to advertise for the project and we also hosted a t-shirt decorating event. Approximately 40 to 50 shirts were sent in by students at TU and hung up on the Old U, the fitness center, and the SA homecoming tent. ”

“For my action project I participated in a 40 mile cycling ride event to raise funding to find a cure and raise awareness about Cystic Fibrosis, me and my team called Garden of Eden were able to collect $11,184 towards the foundation. We were the top fundraising team at the event.”

“I volunteered at Dayspring Villa Battered Women’s shelter by organizing their housewares room. This was an eye opening experience because I got to know the importance of donating viable material that other human beings truly need.”

“For my project I volunteered as a tutor at Phoenix Rising Alternative High School. However, upon learning that the school doesn’t currently have a science teacher, I put it upon myself to try to bring my passion for Engineering and natural sciences to the classrooms there. My hopes are to encourage curiosity with students, keeping them in school and offering them a haven from potential trauma they may be facing at home.”

“For my action project I collected shoes and clothing that helped the individuals at the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless. I also volunteered and assisted in handing out the shoes and clothes, as well as volunteered my time for an hour each week. Attached are some photos of the center as well as some of the shoes I collected.”

“I am volunteering to assist with group therapy sessions at the Tulsa County Emergency Shelter. This is a program that is facilitated by the Parent Child Center. Essentially, this program encourages positive, healthy interactions between family members, (especially parents and their children) through age-appropriate activities, crafts, songs and games. This is to give parents resources that they can use to help them bond with their children outside of the group setting.”

“For my action project I volunteered at the Child Advocacy Center which is a center that investigates reported child abuse cases. While the children are in the waiting room, waiting to receive various services offered by the center, I help distract them by playing puzzles with them, watching TV, drawing, or just talking with them. This was a very meaningful project and I enjoyed doing it. I will be staying on at the agency and keep volunteering for as long as I can.”

Kristina and Laura
“For our project, we did a donation drive for the Parent Child Center of Tulsa and collected hats, gloves, jackets, books, and toys. We did so by collecting from friends on campus and family members.”

Grace, Lauren, Cait, and Ashley
“For our action project, we worked with the Backpack Project at Will Rogers High School. These students have been labeled as “at risk” and oftentimes experience food insecurity. The Backpack Project provides these students with food to take home over the weekend. We assisted the social worker at Will Rogers with obtaining the food and also collected TU drawstring backpacks for the students to carry their food home in.”

Melissa, Rachel, and Jerusha
“For our action project, we spread awareness about sex trafficking in Oklahoma. We held a movie event featuring Nefarious: Merchant of Souls, a documentary about how sex trafficking is being addressed and personal accounts of how people escaped sex trafficking. At this event we distributed flyers with facts about sex trafficking and collected donations for the DaySpring Villa. The DaySpring Villa is the only shelter in Oklahoma that helps victims of sex trafficking.”

Katie and Lizzie
“Collected prom dresses for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Each year, they have a prom for their teenage students. We went to the sorority houses and other student organizations to publicize the event and ended up collecting about 40 dresses!”

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