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Senol Taskin – Oxfam Supporter

Posted: April 25, 2015 in Media
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Senol Taskin is a veteran financial reporter who says that he is committed to supporting as many charities as he possibly can. He is particularly interested in doing something to alleviate hunger and poverty in the world.

“You see a lot of bad things as a reporter,” he says. “Even as a financial reporter. When you travel the world as much as I do, it’s unavoidable – seeing the sharp dividing line between the haves and the have-nots.” One of the organizations that he makes regular donations to, and regularly advocates for, is Oxfam, the International confederation that works to find solutions to poverty and injustice around the world.

“The ultimate goal of Oxfam is to enable people to take control of their own lives, their own destinies,” says Senol Taskin. “Rather laudable, is it not?” As he knows, Oxfam began back in 1942 when a group of Quaker social activists founded the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief. This was at the height of World War II, and the original purpose of the group was to get the British government to allow food relief through the Allied blockade for the people of occupied Greece. The name “Oxfam” was actually derived from the organization’s telegraph address in 1965.

Senol Taskin says that there are no nonprofits in the United Kingdom, not in the American sense of the term. He says that one of the ways the organization raises money is through its Oxfam shops. He is also a supporter of Doctors Without Borders, and several other nonprofits and NGOs.

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Senol Taskin is a freelance financial reporter who has been at it for nearly twenty-five years. He says that he loves his work and can’t imagine having had any other career. But after so many years, he says he is ready for a change.

And so Senol Taskin is thinking about swapping his reporter’s notebook for an instructor’s grade book. He recently spent a semester teaching business journalism at the University of Michigan, where he received his undergraduate degree, and says it was an all-around pleasurable experience. “I liked being back in that environment after so many years,” he says. “Ann Arbor has changed in some ways since the last time I was there, but a lot of it hadn’t changed. I’d enjoy being back in the classroom on a fulltime basis.”

And so Senol Taskin is exploring his options. He says it is not likely he would be able to get on the faculty at Michigan, as much as he would like to. But where he might end up teaching is not as important as making the switch; it was the pedagogy that he enjoyed during that semester at U of M. He lectured, led class discussions, and assigned topics for further study. “In short, I took all the lessons I learned from my years on the job and channeled them into that course,” he says. “If I had to sum it up in just a sentence or two, I’d say it was helping my students develop an understand of the role of business in world, with an emphasis on the United States.”