4 Paws 4 Ability
4 Paws 4 Ability’s mission is to train service dogs so that they may serve people with disabilities and/or veterans. Club members are able to sign up to be either a foster if they live at an off-campus location that is sufficient for housing the animal, or a babysitter, who look after the dog throughout the day. The club aims to expose the dogs in training to the campus community to adjust them to their future jobs. There is no regular meeting time currently in place, but the dogs that can regularly be seen on campus are Lumiére, a 1-year-old Labrador/Newfoundland mix and Chenille, Lumiére’s 9-month-old sister from another litter.
This newly established group gives women a safe space on campus as well as the chance to connect with other women. It aims to help women heal from negative experiences or incidents, grow authentically, support one another, raise awareness for women’s personal struggles, strengthen their voices and embrace their femininity. This is achieved through creating art, such as writing poetry and drawing, and mindfulness exercises, like yoga and deep breathing.
The group, led by Charese Foster and advised by Tala Ali, meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
By: Soondos Mulla-Ossman