Salve Regina students in the Spanish & French Language House, a living-learning community promoting foreign language acquisition, discuss the importance of engaging with the Newport community and specifically working with the Pell School to develop language skills at earlier education levels.
Emily Colbert Cairns, Assistant Professor of Spanish at Salve and 2014-2015 Presidential Faculty Fellow, initiated the partnership with the Pell School and the Salve Language House, working with the Salve students, Pell teachers, and two Fulbright Scholars. Through tireless efforts around logistics and relationship-building, Dr. Cairns has seen the number of Salve volunteers grow and language learning take place at all levels. Emily comments on her fellowship experience and engaged scholarship:
As a RICC Engaged Scholar Presidential Faculty Fellow, I have learned how to engage with community partners and create a meaningful program that is sustainable. I plan to develop more community partnerships to bring my students into the community and make language learning applicable in their everyday lives.
Rhode Island Campus Compact supports community-engaged scholarship through trainings, networking events, and through its Presidential Faculty Fellowship Program. To learn more or to request support for faculty development at your campus, contact Carie Hertzberg.