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Champions of Change

Leave a legacy at IU by joining U Bring Change 2 Mind as a Champion of Change! The College Toolbox Project is “For Students, By Students”! Champions of Change are undergraduate and graduate students from all backgrounds, majors, and interests who are invested in ending the stigma associated with mental illness on college campuses. There are three ways to be a Champion of Change!

Based on your availability and interest, here are the ways to get involved.

  1. Student Advisory Board - As a member of this group, you would be seen as a committee leader and are responsible for making sure each committee is working on schedule and collaborates with the other committees. The committees include: The Membership Committee, Communications Committee and Events Committee. This group requires the most commitment by attending weekly meetings to create, implement, and evaluate the activities, events, courses, etc. that are in the College Toolbox.  For more information about when the Student Advisory Board will be meeting, please email ubc2msab@indiana.edu.
  2. Commitee Members- As a member of this group, you would be working within your individual committee to enable the success of U Bring Change 2 Mind. Working in these committees gives you a chance to dedicate your time to UBC2M and help plan or promote upcoming events, activities or meetings. If you are interested in this role, please consider starting as an Ambassador and moving up if space allows. Contact ubc2m@indiana.edu with any questions.
  3. Ambassadors – As an Ambassador of Change, you would be involved in promoting the activities of UBC2M based on your own availability and needs. When an event needs additional help, Ambassadors will be recruited. Ambassadors also help spread the word through social media, classroom talks, student organization announcements, and in general-word of mouth. This position requires a commitment to honor the Ambassadors Pledge, but has no number of hours or responsibilities connected to it.

    Join the Official List on the BeINvolved Page


Take a Class

Classes to consider for Fall 2016:

SOC 101 – Social Problems and Policies

TOPIC: Medicine in America with Dr. Bernice Pescosolido
11:15AM- 12:30PM Tuesdays and Thursdays
Class Number: 30237

Contemporary America faces a strange medical paradox: While the profession of medicine has at its disposal the most powerful technology ever known and the most generous financial support ever provided by public and private sectors, it is severely criticized for its failure to cure society's ills (e.g., cancer, heart disease, and mental illness) and for its unresponsiveness to people's needs (e.g., issues of cost and access). We are in a new era of health problems and the provision of medical care. Issues dealing with health and medical care are ones with which we all have experience. They represent concerns that none of us will be able to ignore in our lives or as responsible members of society.

This course explores questions on a wide range of topics dealing with providers and recipients of care, and the larger context in which they face problems of health, illness, and disease. What is "sickness?" Who is most likely to fall ill? What health problems will face us in the future? How do ethnicity and social class filter perceptions of pain? What is all the "hype" about stress? Is obesity "contagious"? Is mental illness a myth? How does the physician act as a "gatekeeper" to medical care? How do individuals seek care, and to what extent are they coerced into care? How are these decisions shaped by the society in which we live, and in other past and contemporary societies? What are "alternative" medical systems (e.g., acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy) and why do people use options outside the "canopy" of modern medicine? We will explore challenges facing medicine and individuals. Is there a "crisis" in medical care in the U.S.? How did the scientific medical community attain its monopoly over the healing arts? Is this power being eroded by changing relations among different providers in the medical division of labor? What kinds of renegotiations are occurring in the social contract between medicine and American society? What is the role of industry, advertising, and individual responsibility in the "production" of health problems? Can the public, control the direction and costs of medical care?

In addition, this course takes on the issue of stigma (the shame, secrecy, prejudice, and discrimination surrounding certain illnesses, especially mental illness) from theoretical, research, and policy perspectives. We will examine the nature of prejudice and discrimination, how it affects health, whether it has increased in the U.S., and how individuals, medical systems, and societies have responded to this problem. The goal of this course is to introduce you to a perspective that should be useful in examining these issues: the sociological perspective examines how health, illness, and healing are shaped by social factors - culture, community, organizations. We will ask how these factors shape the medical problems that people face and the societal solutions that are brought to bear. We need not ignore or reject the importance of genetics, biology, individuals' psychology, or any other factors - society and individuals are very complex. But our job in this course is to provide you with yet another unique lens with which to view physicians, patients, and their problems.

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