Events - Archive

Review some select past events from the Donelan Office.

CBL Academic Conference Panel: "CBL Across Disciplines," Wednesday, April 27th, 10:45am-12:15pm, Stein 212
  • Join the Donelan Office for a CBL Academic Conference Panel Presentation, "CBL Across Disciplines." This panel will feature students from a variety of CBL courses. The students will share about their CBL courses and projects/placements, as well as about their learnings from the CBL experience. Refreshments will be served!
  • CBL Courses and Students Featured:

    • "Beginnings and Endings" - Kit Meszaros ‘24 and Lindsay Riordan ‘25
    • "Art of Africa and the Americas" and "Kings and Caliphs" - Grace Morrissey ‘22
    • "Theology of Making" - Luke Birch ‘25 and Michael Scuderi ‘25
    • "Filmmaking in Spanish" - Diana Chavez Cruz ‘24 and Sam Kirkpatrick ‘24
    • "Seeking Justice" - Molly Doyle ‘22 and Rachel Enad ‘22

CBL Dialogue Session: "20 Years of CBL and Looking Ahead," Wednesday, April 20th, 5pm, Rehm Library

  • Join us to commemorate 20 years of CBL! The panel discussion will include panelists Fátima Oseida '20 and Anh Phan '21 (former CBL Interns), as well as CBL professor, Prof. Ginny Ryan and longtime community partner with the WPS Transition Program, Judy Freedman. The panelists will help us to reflect on the last 20 years of CBL programming and partnerships between Holy Cross and the Worcester community, and allow us to think about what we hope for the future of the Donelan Office.

Community Engagement Pop-Up, Tuesday, March 15th, 4-6pm, Levis Browsing Room of Dinand Library

  • Want to learn more about Community Engagement at Holy Cross? Stop by the Community Engagement Pop-Up on March 15th between 4 and 6pm in the Levis Browsing Room of Dinand (bottom floor). Come early so you can be sure to snag a cupcake from The Queen's Cups!
"Where do we go from here? Living a life of service and Justice," Wednesday, December 1st at 6:30pm
  • Join CBL Interns and three Holy Cross alumni (Theresa Becchi '10, Jack Chaffee '20, and Paulina Martin '21) for a conversation on, "Where do we go from here? Living a life of service and justice." Theresa, Jack, and Paulina will share about their community engagement experiences at Holy Cross and how those experiences led them to where they are today. Missed the panel? Watch a recording of it! 
JUHAN Student Leadership Conference, September 30th-October 2nd
  • The Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN) invites students to the 7th Biennial Student Leadership Conference. The Conference brings together students from across the Jesuit network of colleges and universities to learn about how we, as a Jesuit community, can best respond to the humanitarian crises of the world. This year's conference will address climate change as a seminal issue of our time and how it intersects with the field of humanitarian action. Students who attend the conference will learn how to plan initiatives on their home campuses using Laudato Si’ and the forthcoming 7-Year Plan as a framework for action. The Conference will take place on: Thursday, September 30th (5-8pm) Friday, October 1st (5-8pm) Saturday, October 2nd (9am-1pm) Holy Cross students will join the conference virtually and then gather in-person on campus to reflect and action plan on Monday, October 4th at 6:30pm. A limited number of students will be able to take part, so register today. The conference is free for Holy Cross students. Missed the conference? Conference recordings and materials are available on the JUHAN Conference website

Leadership in Non-Profits: A Conversation with Alumni Executive-Level Leaders, Monday, April 12, 2021, 4:45-5:45pm EDT

  • Join us for the third panel in our Non-Profit Careers Conference panel series. This third panel features alumni who are in executive non-profit leadership. They will share about their career journey, their leadership styles, and how they got to where they are today. Panelists include, Darrell Byers '83 (CEO, Interise), AnnMaura Connolly '86 (Senior Vice President, City Year), and Erin McAleer '02 (President and CEO, Project Bread). This panel is co-sponsored by the Center for Career Development and the Office of Alumni Relations. 
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Best Practices for Virtual Volunteering, Monday, March 1, 2021, 4:45pm EST

  • Watch the recording of this event
  • Join Civitas for an event featuring select community partners and students sharing about best practices for virtual volunteering. Get tips for ice-breakers to break Zoom silences, learn more about how and what to prepare for your virtual volunteer sessions, gain insights from partners and students about what worked well this past semester, and more. This event is open to all students, but will be especially helpful to students who are taking on a virtual volunteer role this semester through Civitas or otherwise. 

Advancing Equity through Publicly Engaged Scholarship: Transforming Faculty Reward Policies and Practices, Monday, September 21, 2020

  • The Donelan Office and Scholarship in Action invite you to join Campus Compact and the MA Department of Higher Education for this virtual symposium on engaged scholarship and faculty reward policies and practices. Dr. Kerry Ann O'Meara is scheduled to be the keynote speaker. Dr. O'Meara is particularly focused on "organizational practices that support and limit the full participation of women, minoritized faculty and engaged scholars." For more details and to register, navigate to the event's page on Campus Compact's website.
  • More about the symposiusm: To serve all members of our society, our colleges and universities must put equity at the center of their work, not just as a desired outcome, but also as integral to the process of education - how we do what we do. To serve their public purpose, our higher education institutions must also commit deeply to Civic and Community Engagement in teaching and research. Our faculty reward systems (including promotion, tenure or long-term contracts for non-tenure-track faculty, and post-tenure review) shape whom we attract, support, and retain as faculty. This virtual symposium will explore how faculty reward systems can be structured to support both of these critical and intersecting themes in higher education--Equity and Public Engagement. How might we transform the culture, policies and practices of our reward systems to recruit and retain the faculty we need? Sessions throughout the day will begin to address these questions and will be customized to faculty and campus executives who are essential to the process. 

Where do we go from Here? Living a Life of Service and Justice (Virtual Event), Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 4:30pm (WATCH THE EVENT RECORDING)

  • Join CBL Interns for our first-ever virtual dialogue session! "Where do we go from here? Living a life of service and justice" will feature Holy Cross alumni sharing about their service and justice experiences at Holy Cross and how they live out their values of service and justice post-Holy Cross. All are welcome. Please note that the session will be recorded.

Two Stories of Fostering Connection: Holy Cross and St. Mary Health Care Center, Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 7pm, Rehm Library. (WATCH THE TALK.)

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Pathways to Community Engagement: Integrating Community Engaged Scholarship into Faculty Identity, Monday, November 4, 2019, 8:30am-12pm, Hogan Suites B/C

  • As part of its Mellon-funded Scholarship in Action Initiative, College of the Holy Cross, in collaboration with Campus Compact, Clark University, Anna Maria College, and Worcester State University, is pleased to host "Pathways to Engaged Scholarship: Integrating Community Engaged Scholarship into Faculty Identity". This workshop will be part of a series of workshops that will examine the key dimensions of carrying out meaningful community-engaged research and creative projects. The first workshop will focus on the faculty dimension while later themes will explore community partnerships and institutional supports in forming and sustaining projects. The goal of the workshop will be both to familiarize and deepen our understanding of community-based research and to jumpstart formation of research partnerships and projects in Worcester. The keynote speaker for the workshop is Dr. Timothy Eatman. Dr. Eatman is the Inaugural Dean of the Honors Living Learning Community and Professor of Urban Education at Rutgers education. The event will also feature a panel moderated by Dr. Margaret Post who is a Research Professor in the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment at Clark University. Panelists include Laurie Ross (Clark), Eric Batista (Worcester Youth Violence Prevention Initiative), Stephanie Yuhl (Holy Cross), Bill Wallace (Worcester Historical Museum), Francisco Vivoni (Worcester State) and Domenica Perrone (Latino Education Institute). Register for the workshop. 

Amazing Grace? An Exploration of the Stigmatization of Disability in Church Communities of Lunyo Village, Entebbe, Uganda, Thursday, September 19, 2019, 7pm, Rehm Library

  • CBL Intern, Delaney Wells '20 will present on her Summer 2019 research fellowship with embraceKulture, an organization jumpstarting the disability rights movement in Uganda, Africa. She will talk about her time at the Amaanyi Empowerment Center, stigmatization of disability in local church congregations, and how she explored opportunities for inclusivity for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, specifically the students she worked with at the Amaanyi Empowerment Center. This event is sponsored by the J.D. Power Center for Liberal Arts in the World.

Community-Based Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Academic Conference Presentation
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Jesuit Mission in the Professional World
Thursday, April 11, 2019, 4:30pm, Levis Browsing Room

  • Join CBL Interns and SPUD Interns for this alumni panel event featuring Che Anderson '11, John Kelly '88, Kerrie Dupré '09 and Jake Medina '16. Each alum will share about how they integrate the Jesuit Mission into their professional lives (government, medicine, finance, and technology). Sponsored by: The Donelan Office, the Chaplains' Office, and Career Development. 

Natalia Serna Presents Corazón Norte
Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 4:30pm, Rehm Library

  • Corazόn Norte is a record made up of songs and interviews that seek to incarnate, through art, the stories of migrants.  The record was born at the Kino Border Initiative Soup Kitchen on the Mexican American border as an effort to gift each traveler a song in honor of their journey.  Experiences, feelings, and dreams make up the raw material of this record.  Each story is unique, yet they all have in common a shared border and a shared dream of heading north.  Corazόn Norte hopes to offer the audience a richer understanding of migration by exploring the individual stories that embody its complexity, its horrors, and the depth of its humanity.  Its ultimate goal is to light a passion for the dignity of each person regardless of which side on any line he or she stands.  Natalia Serna, also known as La Muna, is a Colombian-American musician and sociologist that moved to the border city of Nogales, Sonora as a volunteer at the Kino Border Initiative Soup Kitchen.  Learn more about Corazόn NorteWatch the video from the event.

Building Relationships in Service: Uniting (or Dividing) the Holy Cross and Worcester Community?
Thursday, September 27, 2018, 4:30pm, Rehm Library

  • Join CBL and SPUD Interns for a panel discussion with community partners focused on the relationships formed between Holy Cross students and those at Worcester community organizations.  The goal is to engage in a transparent, critical dialogue between the Holy Cross and Worcester communities about the relationships we have formed over the years.  This event hopes to provide a forum for discussion about how our partnerships foster and/or hinder holistic interactions between Holy Cross and Worcester.  Attendees are encouraged to share ways in which you think we can better build bridges between our communities. 

Science Fair
Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 5:15pm in Smith Laboratories

  • This semester, advanced chemistry and biology students have been working with Nativity School of Worcester and Woodland Academy students on science projects. In small groups, students aimed to answer the question, "What have you wondered about?" through completing a science project using items from everyday life. On April 11th, the groups will present their projects to Holy Cross Science Ambassadors who will judge the projects based on how well they executed the scientific method. Prof. Avila-Bront (Chemistry) has been advising this CBL project throughout the semester.

"Preventing and Ending Hunger in Massachusetts"
Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 4:30pm in Hogan 519

  • Project Bread brings a fresh approach to ending hunger. Their goals are: to promote sustainable and reliable access to healthy food for all, to invest in the strength and resiliency of local communities, and to collaborate with others in building a robust regional food system. Join this discussion with Erin McAleer (an HC alum) to learn more about how Project Bread is addressing food insecurity in Massachusetts and nation-wide. 

"Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer"
Monday, March 26, 2018, 4:30pm in Rehm Library

  • CBL Professor, Jorge Santos (English) has invited Alberto Ledesma, author of "Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer," to Holy Cross to give a talk on Monday, March 26th at 4:30pm. More about "Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer": "Drawing on a mix of prose, sketches, and other drawings that commemorates his emergence as a “critical cartoonist” to match his work in literary critical theory, the author describes his long years “underground” as the undocumented child of undocumented immigrants from Mexico, a “dreamer” who wanted nothing more than to go to college and have a chance at success." Sponsored by: Latin American and Latino Studies Department, English Department and McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture.

"Two Ethnographies by Holy Cross Students: Volunteer and Nonprofit Work in Worcester - Does it Help the Socially Marginalized?"
Monday, February, 2018, 4pm in Rehm Library

  • CBL Intern, Katelyn Lyons '18, former CBL Student, Martina Umunna '18, and Prof. Emeritus Susan Rogers will present their ethnographic research at Abby's House (Katelyn's research) and with Refugee Artisans of Worcester (Martina and Prof. Rodgers' research) and ask the question, "volunteer and nonprofit work in Worcester: does it help the socially marginalized?" This event is sponsored by the J.D. Power Center for Liberal Arts in the World. 

Fr. William Campbell Talk on the intersections of our Jesuit Mission, Social Justice, and Service
Wednesday, October, 2017, 6pm in Hogan Suites B/C

  • Holy Cross' Vice President for Mission, Rev. William Campbell, S.J. '87 will discuss Holy Cross' Jesuit mission and how it calls the HC community to work for social justice. He will also explore how community service fits into this call. Through brief sketches of the Church's and the Society of Jesus' histories, a review of Holy Cross' mission, ministries, and programs, and through large and small group discussion, Fr. Campbell will help attendees think about what it truly means to be men and women for and with others. This event is co-sponsored by the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning, the Chaplains' Office, and the Office of Multicultural Education. This event is open to the public.

JUHAN - Principles in Crisis: Refugees and Responsibility
June 27th-29th, 2017, College of the Holy Cross

  • Watch keynote sessions from the conference!
  • Holy Cross is hosting the Jesuit University Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN) Student Leadership Conference this upcoming summer (June 27-29, 2017). The theme of the conference is Principles in Crisis: Refugees and Responsibility. Just as refugees are compelled to cross borders by conditions of vulnerability, so too are we morally compelled to respond to human suffering wherever it exists. This conference is an excellent opportunity for participants to engage with other students and faculty from various Jesuit Universities and higher education institutions and to network and learn about the practical applications of humanitarian work locally and globally. In our current political climate, it is more important now than ever to come together to collaborate and learn from each other about how to respond to the immigrant and refugee crisis. The conference will feature keynote sessions led by Dr. Michael Barnett (George Washington University), Dr. David Hollenbach, S.J. (Georgetown University), Dr. Mark Potter (Newton Country Day School, Kino Border Initiative), and Dr. Stephanie Russell (AJCU). For more information, visit the JUHAN Conference Website.

SPUD/CBL Community Partner Panel Event, "Creating Inclusivity in Worcester During Uncertain Political Times" 
March 27, 2017, College of the Holy Cross

  • Watch the event!
  • Panelists: Dan Donahue '09 (State Representative), Judy Freedman Fask (Worcester Public Schools Transition Program), Prof. Virginia Ryan (Religious Studies), and Rebecca Petty (Ascentria Care Alliance)
  • On Monday, March 27th, join CBL and SPUD Interns for this interactive community engagement panel on creating an inclusive environment during uncertain political times. Now, more than ever, it is important to dialogue across difference and discuss ways in which we can continue to work to celebrate diversity and inclusion. Community Partners, Judy Freedman Fask and Rebecca Petty, will comment on how their organizations are working to bring marginalized populations to the center and how the current political climate is affecting that work. State Representative Dan Donahue will speak to the political changes that have occurred in the past year, reaching across party lines, and connecting with his constituents in the face of divisiveness. Prof. Virginia Ryan will discuss how the political climate affects the way in which she teaches her Montserrat course and integrates CBL into her classroom.

The Prophetic Imagination, Catholic Social Teaching, & the Call to Justice
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, College of the Holy Cross

  • A lecture by Dr. Matthew Eggemeier, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross
  • Co-sponsored by the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, Chaplains' Office, Department of Religious Studies, the Office for Mission, and the McFarland Center

Empowering Racially Minoritized Students through CBL
Tuesday, October 18, 2016, College of the Holy Cross

  • A research presentation by Dr. Michelle Sterk Barrett, Director, Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning & Isabelle Jenkins, Associate Director, Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning
  • Co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Education

Worcester Area Mission Society Showcases Holy Cross Students' Work
Friday, January 30, 2015 WAMS Works




  • On Friday, January 30th, the Worcester Area Mission Society welcomed the Holy Cross College Choirs and Holy Cross students from Professor Virginia Raguin's Fall Concentration Seminar (VAHI 301). Professor Raguin's students developed content for the WAMS Works' website, focusing specifically on the work of Sarah Wyman Whitman and the stained glass she designed for Central Congregational Church. Students researched the origins of the church, the history of the site, and wrote profiles of Sarah Wyman Whitman and Stephen Earle (the architect of the church). At the event, Professor Raguin's students presented their findings and the Holy Cross Choir performed six musical selections.
  • Innovative Pedagogical Methods that Deepen the Liberal Learning Experience

April 4, 2013
A Discussion with Dr. Edward Zlotkowski

  • Edward Zlotkowski is a professor of English and Media Studies at Bentley University and in 1990 founded the Bentley Service-Learning Center.  He received his B.A. in English and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale University.  He writes and speaks extensively on a wide range of service-learning and engagement-related topics, and served as general editor of the American Association for Higher Education's 21-volume series on service-learning in the academic disciplines. He also served as editor ofSuccessful Service-Learning Programs, published by Anker in 1998, Service-Learning and the First-Year Experience, published by the University of South Carolina in 2002, and as co-editor of Students as Colleagues: Expanding the Circle of Service-Learning Leadership,published by Campus Compact in 2006. In 2011, Temple University Press publishedHigher Education and Democracy: Essays on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, a book he co-authored with John Saltmarsh. Dr. Zlotkowski is a senior associate at the New England Resource Center for Higher Education and formerly served as a senior associate at the AAHE and a senior faculty fellow at Campus Compact.  A graduate of St. Peter's Prep in New Jersey, Dr. Zlotkowski credits his Jesuit education with significantly influencing his professional interest in community-based learning.​ Read the article that inspired the event.

Integrating Community Engagement into Teaching and Learning through CBL
October 24, 2012

  • Presentations by:
    • Bridget Franco, Assistant Professor, Spanish
    • Julianne Croes '12, Social Worker, Lutheran Social Services
    • Michelle Sterk Barrett, Director of the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning
  • Power Point (PDF) from the event.

ARTful Bodies: The Body in Art at the Worcester Art Museum

  • An I-Phone tour of the Worcester Art Museum created by students from Professor Amanda Luyster's Introduction to Visual Arts classes in conjunction with students from South High School and Claremont Academy.