2024-2025 Events

“Somos Worcester” (Latino History Project exhibition at Worcester Historical Museum)June 6 – October 15, 2024The Latino History Project of Worcester is a multi-year initiative documenting the Latino presence in Worcester, in order to share the unheard stories of Latinos, institutions, culture, economy, and the daily life of the residents in the heart of the Commonwealth. LHP’s mission is to collect, share and celebrate the Latino experience in Worcester. “Somos Worcester” is an exhibition at the Worcester Historical Museum featuring many of the findings of the project. The exhibition and LHP are partially funded by Scholarship in Action (the SIA grant was awarded to Profs. Cynthia Stone [Spanish] and Justin Poche [History] in 2019). The Donelan Office congratulates the entire LHP team on the opening of their exhibition! Find WHM hours here.
CBL Orientation for Fall ‘24 CBL Students in Hogan Ballroom

Monday, September 2, 2024, 4:30pm OR 5:30pm


As a part of the on-boarding process for CBL, the Donelan Office will hold a CBL Orientation Night. This event occurs right after class visits and is an opportunity for placement-based students to sign up for their preferred community partner and obtain important information about getting started with CBL, as well as tips for having a meaningful and successful experience. The event will be approximately 60 minutes, with time in the beginning for an orientation (featuring an orientation video made by the Donelan Office) and then time afterwards for CBL sign-ups with CBL Interns. We will be holding CBL Orientation Night on Monday, September 2nd at 4:30pm or 5:30pm in Hogan Ballroom (students can choose one time to attend).

CBL Orientation is necessary for students volunteering weekly or working on a substantial project with a community partner: HIST 101 (O’Donnell), MONT 150D, MONT 152D, MONT 199C-F03, MONT 199D-F05, MONT 199G-F01, MONT 199N-F02, MONT 199N-F04, PSYC 228, PSYC 328, SOCL 269, SPAN 415.

If you cannot attend CBL Orientation, please visit the Donelan Office (Smith 325) BEFORE Orientation night to sign up for your preferred community partner. Visit the Donelan Office’s intranet site for community partner information for your course.

Welcome Back Drop-in Lunch for CBL and SIA Faculty, location TBD

September 23, 2024, 12-2pm


On Monday, September 23rd, the Donelan Office will host a welcome back lunch for CBL & SIA faculty. This will be a chance to connect and reconnect, ask questions of Donelan Office staff and each other about course/project planning, and more. Location is TBD. RSVP by emailing Associate Director, Kya Roumimper Ascani ( Come for 10 minutes or stay for the whole 2 hours or anything in between. 
“The Chin Family of Worcester” exhibition at the Worcester Historical Museum

September 23, 2024 to January 29, 2025


“The Chin Family of Worcester” explores the transnational lives of the first Chinese American family to settle in Worcester in the early twentieth century. Supported by a Scholarship-in-Action seed grant and based on the CBL research of students in Professor Ke Ren’s “The Asian American Experience” course, the exhibition focuses especially on the individual stories of several siblings from the second generation – Luther Quock Hong Chin (1908-1980), Stanley Quock Wing Chin (1910-1955), Rockwood Quock Ping Chin (1911-1998), and Ettie Lin-Toy Chin (1913-2005) – all born in Worcester and graduates of North High School in the city. In the 1920-30s, Stanley and Luther graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Ettie from Smith College, and Rockwood received a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale. Remarkably, three siblings went to China in 1937 as highly educated second-generation Chinese Americans to teach engineering, economics, and physical education, during World War II. This exhibition also highlights the experiences of a third generation of the Chin family: Rockwood’s son, Rockwell “Rocky” Chin (b. 1947), a prominent Asian American activist, educator, and civils rights attorney based in New York. Beyond experiences of immigration and assimilation in the early Asian American community in Worcester, the exhibition especially highlights the transnational cultural networks and cross-generational legacies that connected Worcester to Asia during the WWII years and to the wider Asian American Movement of the 1960-80s. Find WHM hours here.
Scholarship in Action Grant Applicant Drop-in Zoom Information SessionOctober 7, 2024, 9am-11amSIA advances community-engaged research in Worcester through partnerships with faculty, students, and community stakeholders. Originally funded through a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, these community-engaged grants are now funded by the College of the Holy Cross through the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning, Teaching, and Engaged Scholarship. SIA can support faculty, students, and community organizations with resources, materials, funding, and logistical support to develop ethical equity-centered collaborative community-engaged projects. Applications for the next grant cycle are due by November 15, 2024. The Director of the Donelan Office, Isabelle Jenkins will hold a drop-in Zoom information session for interested applicants, scheduled for Monday, October 7, 2024, 9am-11am (via Zoom; register here). 

Scholarship in Action Grant Application Deadline


November 15, 2024


The Scholarship in Action program (SIA) is happy to announce that the grant cycle for SIA Seed, Grow, and Harvest Grants is now open and applications are due November 15, 2024. Learn more and apply on the Scholarship in Action page on the Donelan Office’s website. Contact the Director of the Donelan Office, Isabelle Jenkins ( with any questions, and/or attend a drop-in Zoom information session on Monday, 10/7, between 9am-11am (register here).

Review select past events on our Events - Archive webpage.