2023-2024 Events

"The Field is Us: Building Ethical Community and University Partnerships with the Baltimore Field School"

  • Join us on Tuesday, February 27th for the Baltimore Field School's visit to Holy Cross at 4:30pm in Rehm Library
  • How can we engage with the city around us in mutually beneficial ways that invigorate both our college and our city?
  • This talk invites faculty from across the disciplines, community partners, staff, and students to consider ways to bring Worcester into the classroom, to bring the classroom into Worcester, and to work collaboratively with city residents in building a college invested in the public good. By sharing the lessons they’ve learned while developing collaborative projects between their home campus, UMBC and the city of Baltimore, the scholars will share key aspects of community-engaged learning and its benefits, as well as methods that may provide pathways for Holy Cross and Worcester to connect more fully.
  • Dr. Nicole King (American Studies, UMBC) and Dr. Sarah Fouts (American Studies, UMBC) will discuss the benefits of learning by engaging locally and working with local residents in planning and building community-based projects in collaborative and ethical ways.
  • Field is us poster
"Teaching Civic Engagement Across Disciplines: Becoming Homines pro aliis" 
  • Monday, February 26th, 3pm, Hogan Suite A 
  • Join the Classics Department and Scholarship in Action for a lecture and workshop featuring Dr. Joanna Kenty, Curriculum Director at the Citizens Campaign, an organization working to expand the leadership and problem solving capacity of America by offering colleges, high schools and citizens proven tools for direct participation in government problem solving and citizen leadership.
  • Dr. Kenty spent eight years teaching about the Greek and Roman world in higher education and is now working with the Citizens Campaign to consult with and support other educators, particularly around student-centered and community-engaged pedagogy.
  • Dr. Kenty's lecture and workshop will highlight her current work, as well as provide an opportunity for Holy Cross faculty, staff, and students to consider and discuss the practice of teaching civic engagement across disciplines. 

“Taking Shelter: Visions of Home and Belonging” RSVP here

  • Friday, February 23, 2024, day-long workshop, Hogan Ballroom, Hogan Campus Center. Events include the following:
  • A morning fishbowl, “Taking Shelter: Home and Belonging in Worcester, MA” where activists will discuss the changing conditions of housing in the city. What does Worcester share with other cities in the nation and what is unique to this city? 
  • An afternoon workshop, “Insurgent Planification: Grassroot Urban Design in Puerto Rico” with Omar González Ayala, Director of Urbe Apie. Urbe Apie is part of a growing squatting community in Puerto Rico where thousands of people have been displaced.
  • A participatory art event throughout the day
  • This event is being organized by Prof. Rosa Carrasquillo, the Inaugural Helen M. Whall Chair in Race, Gender, and Social Justice, who is a public historian and engaged scholar, and supported by Scholarship in Action, in addition to other Holy Cross departments and programs.

LATN 102 CBL Workshop, Monday, February 5th, 5:30pm, Levis Browsing Room

  • LATN 102 students are invited to gather with Donelan Office faculty and staff to prepare for their teaching of the second semester mythology workshops at Worcester East Middle School, City View School, and Marlborough Middle School. There will be opportunity for large group and small group work (and pizza!). 

Spring CBL Orientation, Monday, January 29th, 4:30pm, Rehm Library

  • Students in select CBL courses will join the Donelan Office for a brief CBL orientation and CBL sign-ups. Students from the following courses are expected to attend: ANTH 101, SPAN 302, SPAN 317, and SPAN 399-S02. Students in attendance will also have the opportunity to learn about transportation options for CBL.

Celebrating 5 years of Scholarship in Action! Thursday, January 25th, 4-7pm, Hogan

  • 2023-2024 year marks 5 years of Scholarship in Action and the end of 5 years of Mellon funding. Faculty, staff, and community partners who all had a part in building the SIA program will come together on January 25th for a dinner to celebrate the work that has been accomplished. The event will also be an opportunity for roundtable discussions to highlight projects and lessons learned, as well as to share about the next iteration of Scholarship in Action, which will be implemented by the Donelan Office.

Community Engaged Scholarship Revealed: Meet the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning Authors, Thursday, November 2, 3 p.m. (virtual)

2023 Fall Faculty Symposium - Research and Relationships: Strengthening Community-Engaged Scholarship with Worcester and the College, Wednesday, November 1, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Hogan Ballroom

  • Aspire, the College’s strategic plan for a hope-filled future, invites us to deepen our working relationships with our neighbors, peer institutions and community partners. The “In and Of Worcester” pillar, in particular, calls on Holy Cross to “embrace and promote the world of opportunity” in Worcester as active partners. Join us on November 1 in conversation with leaders from Holy Cross and across the City of Worcester on the future of community-engaged research. RSVP here! A reception celebrating faculty scholarship will follow the event. 
  • In conversation with: Dr. Rachel Monárrez, Superintendent of Worcester Public School; Ilaria Fiorenza, Project Manager, Health and Human Services, City of Worcester; Eric Batista, City Manager, City of Worcester; Vincent D. Rougeau, President, College of the Holy Cross; Elliott Visconsi, Provost and Dean of the College of the Holy Cross. 
  • With faculty respondents: Florencia Anggoro, Professor, Psychology; Lauren Capotosto, Associate Professor, Education; Bridget Franco, Associate Professor, Spanish; Justin Poché, Associate Professor, History; Pedro J. Torres, Assistant Professor, Biology

  • With moderation by Stephanie Yuhl, W. Arthur Garrity, Sr. Professor in Human Nature, Ethics and Society, Professor of History. 

  • This event is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost and Dean of the College, Scholarship in Action and the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning, Teaching, and Engaged Scholarship.

Reflection Workshop for SBIP, CBL, and SPUD Leaders, Tuesday, Oct 24th, 4:30-7pm, Lower Chapel

  • The Donelan Office and the Chaplains' Office invite you to join us in the Lower Chapel on Tuesday, October 24th from 4:30-6:30pm for a night centered on leading reflection. As members of leadership groups that center reflection, we hope this evening will provide an opportunity for you to share your perspectives and learn from each other, as well as an opportunity to reflect on your leadership role. Dinner will be available from 6:30-7pm for those who can join. This is the first time our programs have combined to offer such an event, so we are excited to be able to bring such a fantastic group together in this way. For more information, email Isabelle Jenkins ( 

CBL Faculty Lunch, Monday, October 16th, 12pm-2pm, Smith 325

  • CBL faculty are invited to a drop-in lunch to meet our new staff and check-in to share how the semester is going. This is also an opportunity to exchange CBL ideas with colleagues. RSVP by emailing Isabelle Jenkins ( 

Fall CBL Orientation, Monday, September 4th, 4:30 OR 5:30pm, Hogan Ballroom 

  • Students in select CBL courses will join the Donelan Office for a brief CBL orientation and CBL sign-ups. Students from the following courses are expected to attend: ANTH 101, CLAS 165, MONT 150D, MONT 152D, MONT 153D, MONT 156S, PSYC 328, and PSYC 337. Students in attendance will also have the opportunity to learn about transportation options for CBL.
  • 4:30pm - ANTH 101, MONT 150D, MONT 152D, MONT 156S, PSYC 328, CLAS 165
  • 5:30pm - MONT 153D (2 sections), MONT 199D (2 sections), PSYC 337, CLAS 165

Review select past events on our Events - Archive webpage.