Ronald Atkins, Ph.D.
Professor, Business Studies and Economics Department, Salve Regina University
Skill Development for an Information-Based Environment
Dr. Atkins and participating faculty at Salve Regina University piloted a program designed to provide twenty students entering the sixth grade access and training in Microsoft Word, online research and library research skills; several capabilities needed to succeed in an increasingly information-based environment. A need identified through community partner, the Martin Luther King Community Center, the students selected to participate do not have access to computer based systems in their household. The program likewise provided a service-learning opportunity for student mentors enrolled in a Microsoft Word course taught through the Business Studies and Economics Department.
Sandra Enos, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Department of Sociology, Bryant University
Globalization and Childhood
In the fall of 2007, Dr. Enos piloted a new course in the Sociology major at Bryant University, “Globalization and Childhood.” The course focused on a large and growing achievement gap between poor students and those who come from middle-income families. Partnering with local agencies such as Volunteers in Public Schools, Youth Build, Year Up, and others, students in the course partnered with education-focused agencies that labor to bridge the achievement gap and provide support for students who are failing or have failed in public schools. The course and partnerships directed specific attention to middle school students in Olneyville, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Providence. Via the course curriculum, Bryant students connected their experiences of conditions of Providence low-income youth with studies of conditions affecting youth across the globe. The course offered a comparative lens to prepare students for a global economy.
Anice O’Connor, Ph.D.
Professor, Social Sciences, Johnson and Wales University
Leadership Through Film and Literature
Dr. O’Connor leverage a service-learning course at Johnson and Wales University to support the development and adaptiveness of a program called Young Leaders at Fortes Elementary School. JWU students enrolled in “Leadership Through Film and Literature” used film to aid in leadership lesson delivery, encompassing such topics as communication, conflict resolution, respect & diversity, and teamwork.
Ann Schroth, M.Ed.
Associate Professor, English as a Second Language, Johnson and Wales University
Advanced Oral Communications
Globe Trotters: A Passport to Learning Around the World is a program designed to join Johnson & Wales University English as a Second Language students with elementary aged children in addressing a pressing community need. Partnering with Fogarty Elementary school, Professor Schroth collaborated with the school around addressing the topics of diversity and cultural differences at Fogarty. The needs of the school combined with those of the international students at JWU to practice English language communication skills in a community setting. The two student populations came together consistently for the five-week Globe Trotters program and enabled both groups to meet identified learning goals.
Melissa Clark, Ph.D.
Professor of Epidemiology, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Brown University
Exploring Community Health in Introduction to Public Health
Dr. Clark facilitated a partnership between teaching assistants, public health students at Brown, the Swearer Center for Public Service, and the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center (MET) High School in Providence, RI for an integration of applied public health interventions and experiential learning. As part of the collaboration, 11 MET High School students were full participants in the Brown course Introduction to Public Health taught by Dr. Clark. In a community-based project that forms an essential part of the course, each Brown University and MET High School student is a member of a coalition charged with developing an intervention to address a public health need at the MET High School.
Patricia Overdeep, M.S.
Associate Professor, Sciences, Johnson and Wales University
Food Microbiology: The Children’s Germ Crusade
The Children’s Germ Crusade program provided health education to the families and children of Providence elementary schools on the importance of good personal hygiene, safe food handling practices, and the spread of infectious diseases in general. In particular partnership with Fortes Elementary School, Professor Overdeep supported staff in their efforts to make Fortes the first Safe Food School in Providence. Johnson and Wales students in “Food Microbiology” conducted health/microbiology lessons for the elementary students, offering hands-on activities that enabled children to view different bacteria and to learn about specific germs, personal hygiene, food safety and sanitation. Through the Fellowship grant, Professor Overdeep embedded the service-learning component within her junior/senior level Food Microbiology class in order to sustain the Children’s Germ Crusade for years to come.
Rory Senerchia, M.A.
Associate Professor, Arts and Sciences/English as a Second Language, Johnson and Wales University
Communication Skills and Positive Youth Development
This project grew out of a desire to link college students with middle school students in a mutually beneficial way. Johnson and Wales students enrolled in ENG 1030 Communication Skills conducted activities with 8th grade students at Calcutt Middle School in Central Falls, RI. Activities focused on goal setting; leadership development; planning for the future; education; attitude; and more with JWU students responsible for the creation and delivery. The goals of the service-learning project, identified through collaboration between Professor Senerchia and Calcutt teachers and principal, consisted of promoting higher education as a path and exposing youth to a campus environment and college-age role models. JWU students developed an understanding of issues in educational access and activity facilitation and presentation reinforced learned communication skills.