Welcome to the Gannon University Virtual Empathy Pop Up Gallery
Going Live: September 27th- Oct 2nd 2020
After the Gannon University Empathy Pop Up Gallery, originally scheduled for March of 2020, was shut down due to COVID, our team came back together to reformat the event for an entirely online presentation. Enjoy perusing this gallery of stories, experiences, and art pieces created by students at Gannon and members of the Erie community.
Each day between September 27th- Oct 2nd 2020, Empathy Bound will use this page to post a variety of "exhibits" on various empathy-related topics.
Empathy and Gender/Sexuality
Monday Sept. 28
Women of Gannon: Sorority Life
Modern Masculinity: DKE
Empathy and Global Awareness
Wednesday Sept. 30
Center for Social Concerns at Gannon
Global Student Stories
Human Trafficking Globally
Empathy for Justice and Change
Thursday, Oct 1
Black Lives Matter Virtual Fashion show with the Black Student Union
Mental Health Stories
How the Gallery Works
The following video explores Gannon Students' reflections on empathy on campus.
Monday: Empathy and Gender/Sexuality
Today's contributors include the brothers of Delta Kappa Epsilon, various women across campus who are involved with sorority life, and members of Gannon LGBTQ+
DKE: Modern Masculinity
Delta Kappa Epsilon shares their views about brotherhood, connection, and what it means to "be a man" with Empathy Bound.
Tuesday: Empathy in the Erie Community
Today, two local activists share with Empathy Bound on the topic of homelessness in the Erie Community.
Gannon Students share the questions they have about homelessness in Erie, Bryan Boleratz from Erie United Methodist Alliance answers.
Betsy Wiest: How can we help?
Continuing the exploration of issues impacting the Erie community, e:b spoke with Betsy Wiest, Social Justice Coordinator for the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Ms. Wiest provided information and an opportunity to make a difference.
Wednesday: Empathy and Global Awareness
One of our most "action packed" days by far, today we are featuring writings from ESL and other international students, interviews with local anti-human trafficking activists, and content from the center for social concerns at Gannon.
Center for Social Concerns @ Gannon Shares
Melissa Bronder: Empathy Grows
Melissa Bronder speaks to her experience learning about the importance of buying fair trade products first hand in Haiti on her ABST (alternative break service trip).
Tirstin McKanna: Experiencing Empathy in Ecuador
Tristin McKanna shares on how her experiences in Ecuador impacted her.
"Today we began by visiting a migrant shelter near the border of Mexico and Guatemala. We saw many people and families there looking for a safe place o stay until they could find safety either in Mexico or the United States. While this was very important for us to all witness, it was difficult to see the situation so many people are in. In addition, it made a connection as to why fighting for economic justice is so important. With economic justice, people would not have to flee their homes and we wouldn’t be seeing this problem."
-Haiti/Chiapas 2020 Day 4 Blog Post
Art by Kelli Smith, survivor & advocate
Thursday: Empathy for Justice
Today we explore Empathy and art as a tool for social change.
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By: Jeanne Peters, Gannon Student
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Black Lives Matter Fashion Show Coming Soon
Teaser: Online and Outspoken
Tomorrow at 7 we are co-hosting Online and Outspoken: A Mental Health Open Mic with Active Minds at Gannon. Here is a teaser of one of the poems that you will hear at the event. Written and read by Katie Dickey, Empathy bound co-founder and Active Minds co-president
Friday: Empathy and Mental Wellness
Last but not least, today we discuss what empathy means to our collective and individual mental wellness.
Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs
Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs has placed over 40 dogs in the tristate area around Erie. These dogs are wonderful examples of the human animal connection, and how sometimes empathy and comfort can be found in unexpected ways.
When asked for her views on empathy, Christine Patrick, the National Director of Communications and Marketing, shared the following:
“The dictionary states that empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. While it goes without saying that invisible disabilities are harder to spot than visible disabilities, PTSD, Diabetes, Epilepsy – just to name a few, I believe it’s critical to have not only kindness in our hearts for one another, but to look at everyone with a capacity for empathy. When you meet someone that seems flustered, chaotic or disordered, you don’t know what’s happening – perhaps they have a sick child, lost a loved one, or are suffering from an invisible disability. Lead with kindness, and you’ll never regret it."
In this series of photos and stories, Patrica Schullick (Mercyhurst class of 2020) shines light on what it means to have hope in the face of mental health struggles.