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By Abigail Duren 

Shawna Selby spent eight years working at a Barnes and Noble as a single mother.  It’s that time in her life that provides the motivation she needs each day to finish her degree, raise five kids and have a baby in the middle of the semester.

“My life has changed,” says Selby, a social justice major. “I went from being a single mom to two kids and working 60 hours a week and barely making it by, to now being a stay-at-home mom to six children and getting to go back to school.” 
Selby had given up thinking that things could ever be different or better. She had two children and had worked at a Memphis Barnes & Noble for eight years and had muddled through difficult relationships before marrying her husband, Trevecca Track and Field Coach Austin Selby. 

By Rebekah Warren 

For refugee children, fleeing from war and destruction, Trevecca’s urban farm camp can bring the comfort of home.

“Many of the refugees come from agricultural backgrounds,” said Karen Shaw, coordinator for the urban farm. “They come with skills they can use to make ends meet, and that’s the connection we want to make.”

During May and June, high school and middle school students living in the Nashville area will have the opportunity to learn how to care for farm animals, build a garden and learn about healthy cooking and eating.

The goal is that the kids attending the camps will develop a basic understanding of the importance of environmental justice for their local communities as well as the world.

“We want to educate and equip the broader global community,” said Jamie Casler, director of the J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice.

This involves understanding the way the health of the environment is directly correlated to the health of entire populations and the potential of humans to alter the course of environmental destruction and injustice.

“We are hoping children will make the connection between the food they grow and equity for people,” said Jason Adkins, environmental projects coordinator.

By Abigail Duren 

Nicole Bromley was 14-years-old the first time she shared her story of being sexually abused.  She hasn’t stopped since.

The founder of One Voice Enterprises, an organization dedicated to spreading awareness of sexual abuse and sex trafficking, told her story to Trevecca students in chapel on Tuesday.

Growing up in small town Ohio, Bromley was the poster child of their community. She played sports, attended school, and came from what seemed the picture perfect family. But what was going on behind closed doors led Bromley to live a life of secrets.

By Rebekah Warren 

Square Dancing is coming to Trevecca this Saturday. The Urban Farm is hosting Barnaroo, an event for the local community to come together and spend time at the farm.

“It’s a celebration of urban farm life, to experience the farm and have a lot of fun,” said Jason Adkins, environmental projects coordinator.

The event will feature square dancing lessons with a professional caller who announces and leads the dances.

By Rebekah Warren 

On a Friday afternoon in Alabama, Julie Gant stood where Martin Luther King Jr. had heard the voice of God.

“ I was impacted by just being where he was,” said Gant. “We stood where he stood and talked where he talked to people. We were in his home, everywhere that revolved around him and his legacy.”

During spring break, Matt Spraker, associate dean of students for community life, and Jamie Casler, director of the J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice travelled with 12 students through Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, experiencing the civil rights and musical history of the south.

Spraker developed the idea for the trip after an important member of the civil rights movement came to Trevecca.