Dorothy Abram, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Social Sciences, Johnson and Wales University
Theatre of the Oppressed: Training the lens of Drama on Refugees and Human Rights
Dr. Abram developed a playwriting program with the local refugee population as its target population in order to record refugee stories of survival and create a record of the cultural histories and personal stories. In the plays, the refugees and participating JWU students play the roles and dramatize the histories. Accordingly, the stage celebrates the cultural experience of the most recent additions to the Rhode Island community. By writing plays focusing on the refugees’ means of cultural survival and personal sources of strength, students and refugees discover models of civic engagement that build a positive and compassionate unity and community.
Anne Seitsinger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education, University of Rhode Island
Dr. Seitsinger added a community-based research component to an undergraduate education course in which students collect data from students and families about mathematics with the semester goal of designing a math project that corresponds to both student and family learning
needs. The service-learning course forms one of the required methods courses for preservice elementary education students. Dr. Seitsinger directed her efforts toward analyzing student-level and teacher-level data collected by the students in order to more readily assess URI students’ learning. As a faculty fellow, Dr. Seitsinger further focused her efforts on designing a course on community service-learning for education doctoral candidates at the University of Rhode Island.
Becky Spritz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology, Roger Williams University
Campus-Community Partnerships at Roger Williams University: Locally and Abroad
Entering the faculty fellows cohort with an interest in global service-learning, Dr. Spritz focused her fellowship project on establishing campus-community partnerships, initiating local and regional service-learning opportunities. In addition, Dr. Spritz connected with other colleges and universities around building viable global service-learning programs and enjoyed success in implementing a 1 credit honors service-learning seminar at Roger Williams University on the topic of domestic abuse. The seminar formed part of the RWU Citizen-Scholar Program.
Comfort Ateh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Secondary Education, Providence College
Urban Education: Practicum Across Disciplines
A faculty member in the department of Education, Dr. Ateh set out as a fellow to engage with fellow educators and to bolster her own work in advancing education, both for her students and for the system. Dr. Ateh developed a community service opportunity for her urban education students in order to offer the students greater exposure to issues and challenges faced by urban school students. This resulted in a firm practicum component of the course and development of the urban education’s multidisciplinary nature, to accommodate student interest and the status of the course as meeting the institutional diversity requirement.
Suzanne Delle, MFA
Assistant Professor of Theater, Salve Regina University
Reenacting Post-Katrina New Orleans
This fellowship project supported Salve Regina University students in an alternative break service-learning trip to post-Katrina New Orleans. The service trip enabled students participating in a theater course to reenact a play concerning animal rescue after Hurricane Katrina. Directly experiencing New Orleans on the trip and its efforts to repair the community, the students gained exposure to civic engagement and deepened their understanding of the curriculum.
Kalina Brabeck, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Counseling, Educational Leadership, and School Psychology, Rhode Island College
Community-Based Research in U.S. Immigration Policy
Dr. Brabeck’s fellowship project centered on an exploratory study of the influence of the implementation of current U.S. immigration policies on U.S.-born children in Latino immigrant families. Acting out a commitment to participatory, community-based research, Dr. Brabeck worked as a fellow to explore the relationships among immigration policies and deportation practices, families, and emotional, behavioral, and academic outcomes for US-born children in immigrant families. Working in partnership with youth-focused community-based organizations, Dr. Brabeck engaged community members in participatory action research in order to inform policy and practice and attend to implications for the lives of marginalized individuals and communities.
Karen L. Anderson
Assistant Professor of English, Community College of Rhode Island
A Crash Course in Changing the World
Seeking out service-learning resources and deepened development of the pedagogy, Dr. Anderson participated in Urgent Evoke: a Crash Course in Changing the World that enabled her to research writing and participation in global issues. Building on the learning from that course, Dr. Anderson continued to work in partnership with the program Day One, focusing on the empowerment of women.
Mari Dias, Ed.D.
Professor, Social Sciences, Johnson and Wales University
As a recipient of the RICC Presidential Faculty Fellowship, the scholarly work conducted by service-learning Sociology students will focus on issues of violence and its causes, resulting in a documentary which will increase the credibility/visibility of the project to local/national audiences. These venues will include Sociology and Criminal Justice classes at the university level, as well as national conference workshops. In addition, the quantitative data gleaned from the pre-post research design with current inmates will add to the empirical literature on causes of violence and the role of empathy.
Nancy Nester, Ph.D.
Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition, Roger Williams University
Emphasizing Social Responsibility in Curriculum
Roger Williams University faculty member, Nancy Nester, focused on developing civic engagement components for two courses as her engaged scholarship fellowship project. In a second course, an interdisciplinary senior seminar entitled “Visions of Utopia: Dreams and Delusions,” Dr. Nester incorporated an experiential component to shift the explicit emphasis of the course to social responsibility. In further developing the second course, “Writing for Social Change,” Dr. Nester deepened a campus-community partnership with the James L. Maher Center, a local agency that serves the vocational, educational, and social needs of adults with developmental challenges, and matched student interests and learning outcomes with the need for grant proposal and conference presentation writing within the agency. Dr. Nester played a strong role throughout the fellowship in promoting the value and vitality of civic engagement strategies as a faculty advocate within the academic affairs division of Roger Williams University.
John Rok, M.Ed.
Associate Professor of Religious and Theological Studies, Salve Regina University
Civic Engagement and Action as it relates to Hunger: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally
This fellowship project grew around a planned intensive study of hunger locally and globally. Dr. Rok conducted the study with students in “Vital Studies for Whole-life Designs,” promoting civic engagement and action around the issue of hunger by partnering with Newport’s soup kitchens.
Christopher Ratcliffe, Adjunct Professor in Business Administration, Community College of Rhode Island
Understanding student achievement by the examination of student motivators
Following through on a proposed research project centered on motivations among students, this fellowship used research to further understanding of the motivations behind high-level performers and low-level performers. Corresponding to Campus Compact’s mission of fulfilling the public purpose of higher education, Mr. Ratcliffe worked within the context of the state’s community college to conduct the research and contribute to understanding of the institution’s students and student achievement.