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2/3/21 - Welcome Back from the Donelan Office!

Check out our first newsletter of the Spring '21 semester.

Winter 2020 - CBL Intern Alumna, Funmi Anifowoshe-Manning '17 publishes article in Virginia Journal of Criminal Law: "When Prosecutors Act as Judges: Racial Disparities and the Absence of due Process Safeguards in the Juvenile Transfer Decision"

Beyond her time as a student at Holy Cross, CBL Intern alumna, Funmi Anifowoshe-Manning '17 is continuing to advocate for social justice issues important to her. Most recently, this winter, Funmi published an article in the Virginia Journal of Criminal Law entitled, "When Prosecutors Act as Judges: Racial Disparities and the Absence of due Process Safeguards in the Juvenile Transfer Decision." The article explores an important issue within the juveline justice system, the transfer of juveniles to criminal courts, which disproportionately impacts racially minoritized youth. As Funmi writes in the abstract to the article, "a number of legislatures... permit prosecutors to transfer juveniles to criminal courts with no standards to guide them nor judges to check their decisions. This transfer strips young people of the protections offered by juvenile courts, such as psychological treatment, rehabilitative services, and the privacy afforded by sealed records. Transfer practices are particularly problematic because a disproportionate number of these youths are minorities." Read Funmi's article (PDF) to learn more. The Donelan Office congratulates Funmi on her achievement!

12/11/20 - Happy Holidays from the Donelan Office!

Check out our end-of-semester holiday newsletter.

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12/9/20 - CBL Intern and NPCC Community Partner Featured in Local Newspaper, The Hopkinton Independent

Through Holy Cross' Academic Internship Program, CBL Intern, Emily Taylor '22 has been interning with the National Museum of Mental Health Project (NMMHP). The NMMHP is a non-profit organization and a "museum without walls" that researches and creates exhibitions in order to work to transform society’s attitudes about and understanding of mental health. Emily is a communications intern for the organization, and has worked on various projects this semester to amplify NMMHP's work. Emily's local newspaper, The Hopkinton Independent recently interviewed Emily on her work with NMMHP. In the interview, Emily shared about her passion for mental health work, the impact of NMMHP, and how her experiential learning experience has helped to inform her professional goals. About why she wanted to get involved with NMMHP, Emily said, "I’m really interested in mental health and mental health advocacy.... I want to be a therapist when I’m older. So I thought it would be great to look at mental health from a side that I hadn’t considered before, because everything I’ve been doing in school so far has been lecture-based, science-focused, learning about that aspect of psychology and mental health. But then when I saw there was an art connection that I could explore and have that exposure as well, I thought that would be really cool, so I wanted to get involved.”

Holy Cross and NMMHP first collaborated through the 2020 Non-Profit Careers Conference. NMMHP applied to the NPCC to seek assistance from a group of students on generating ideas for funding and writing language for potential future grant proposals (the student team included, Jany Gonzalez '22, Kat Hauver '22, Caroline McKinley '21, and Nathaniel Trotman '22). One of the team's recommendations in their final presentation to NMMHP was to hire a graduate assistant or undergraduate intern to help with the workload. NMMHP did just that, recruiting Emily as their first communications intern!

11/30/20 - Associate Director, Isabelle Jenkins and CBL Intern, Kat Hauver '22 featured in Worcester T and G and in HC Newsroom Story about Handheld Worcester

The Worcester Telegram and Gazette featured Handheld Worcester, Civitas' latest civic engagement initiative. Handheld Worcester celebrates the City through its public art, monuments, and historical buildings. It is meant to be a virtual walk about Worcester that connects users to its beauty, history, culture, and community. The walk is a loop, starting just down the hill from Holy Cross and finishing on its campus. Users can also sign up to receive weekly emails that contain more details about each tour stop and ways to engage remotely (the email campaign runs from 11/30/20 to 1/19/21). Isabelle and Sue Hunt (Associate Director, Government and Community Relations) developed the initiative, with assistance from Kat and Prof. Mary Conley (History and Scholarship in Action). Read the T and G article and the HC newsroom story to learn more about Isabelle and Kat's thoughts about the project.

11/28/20 - CBL Project with Music Worcester Helps The Worcester Chorus' Annual "Handel's Messiah" Performance go Virtual 

For 120 years, the Worcester Chorus has had the annual holiday tradition of performing "Handel's Messiah" at Mechanics Hall. This year, to keep the tradition alive, "Handel's Messiah" is going virtual. Prof. Megan Ross' "Introduction to Music" CBL course has been assisting Music Worcester to put on this virtual event through creating a pre-concert video lecture detailing the historical development of "Handel's Messiah" from 1741 down to the present day. This pre-concert video lecture is taking the place of the annual pre-concert talk that cannot happen this year due to the pandemic. While the on-demand concert isn't available until December 15th, the free pre-concert video lecture can be viewed now on Music Worcester's Vimeo page. Learn more about the Holy Cross/Music Worcester collaboration in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette's piece about the virtual Messiah event and in Prof. Ross' interview of Music Worcester's executive director. The Donelan Office congratulates Prof. Ross, her students, and Music Worcester on a successful collaboration!

11/15/20 - Updates from the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning

Check out our November newsletter!

9/10/20 - Updates from the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning

Check out our first newsletter of the 2020-2021 academic year!

8/26/20 - CBL Intern, Yesenia Gutierrez '21 Featured in LinkedIn Story on Volunteering during the Pandemic

CBL Intern, Yesenia Gutierrez '21 was featured in the LinkedIn story, "A rare bright spot in pandemic life: volunteers rush to provide support." In the story, Yesenia shares about her volunteer work with Ascentria Care Alliance, a Worcester-based organization that supports refugees and immigrants. At Ascentria, Yesenia has been translating refugees' life stories to help Ascentria's attorneys build successful applications for asylum. The article also highlights how 45% of Holy Cross students have indicated on their LinkedIn profiles that they are involved in volunteer efforts. This is the highest percentage for any higher education institution in the U.S. The Donelan Office thanks Yesenia and all Holy Cross students for their efforts to support Worcester-based community organizations and beyond. 

8/5/20 - CBL Interns Featured in Holy Cross Newsroom Story about Supporting Worcester Community Organizations During the Pandemic

CBL Interns Paige Cohen '21 and Will McAvoy '20 were featured in an HC Newsroom Story highlighting how HC students continued to support Worcester community organizations during the pandemic in the spring semester. The story highlighted Paige's work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA and Will's work with St. Mary Health Care Center. Navigate to the newsroom for the full story. Thank you, Paige, Will, and all of our CBL Interns for their continued service during these times of dispersion! We will certainly look toward their leadership as we continue to support Worcester community organizations during this time. 

6/23/20 - CBL Blog Posts Featured in fósforo

fósforo, the bilingual literary and artistic review at Holy Cross, is a forum for Hispanic inspiration in the Holy Cross community. The most recent edition, Número 17, is the first time fósforo has been published online. As stated in the prologue to Número 17, this edition "comes at a particularly difficult time. At press time, COVID-19 had caused some 2,000,000 infections and 120,000 deaths in the United States alone. In response to the pandemic, the College suspended in-person classes on Friday, March 13, obliging students to leave campus and finish their studies remotely. Earlier that morning, police in Louisville, Kentucky, burst through the door of Breonna Taylor’s apartment and, after a confused confrontation, killed her in a hail of bullets. Her death formed part of a murderous outburst against African Americans, one that prompted nationwide, and then worldwide, protests against a devastating history of racial killings and police violence. fósforo 17 appears against this bleak cultural landscape. A vein of its content reflects the outrage and suffering of a community rent by violence, alienation, and disease. More generally, however, the works serve as examples of how members of our community have tried to represent and understand difference, to inhabit new worlds, comfortable or not, through creative expression. Taken together, they invite us to reflect on ourselves and our communities during this season of fear and mistrust." Several CBL blog posts are featured in fósforo 17, highlighting the ways in which CBL can help community members reflect on their own experiences, identities, and roles to play in the struggle for racial and social justice. The Donelan Office thanks fósforo for inviting CBL to take part in this important publication. Read fósforo 17.

6/11/20 - Arts Transcending Borders (ATB) Features Spring 2020 Community-Based Learning Project, "TimeSlips"

From ATB's campus-wide announcement: This Spring, students from Renee Beard's "Aging and Society" seminar at College of the Holy Cross joined Ian Bannon, Figures of Speech Theater Director of Education, for regular visits to a pair of skilled nursing facilities in Worcester. They gathered with residents of Saint Francis Rehabilitation & Nursing Center and St. Mary Health Care Center to create stories together until classes moved online. The original stories were created using TimeSlips Creative Storytelling as a series of responses to open-ended questions about photos. To continue the creative collaboration in spite of the quarantine, Bannon worked remotely with students to create video adaptations of the stories, which will be shared back with the storytellers at Saint Francis and St. Mary. View more on the Arts and Creative Resilience Page. 

About the community-based learning experience, one student shared, "What was even more wonderful was the joy creating these stories brought all of us. Our various ages, backgrounds, and experiences blended together in the most beautiful way, and the TimeSlips process encouraged us to channel our individual ideas to create something together."

Navigate to YouTube to view the video adaptations of the three stories the students and community members created:

1) New Tell Us: 

2) Vaudeville:  

3) Culinary:  

6/9/20 - Maia Lee-Chin '21 Announced as 2020-2021 Fenwick Scholar

The Donelan Office congratulates rising senior, Maia Lee-Chin '21 for being selected as the 2020-2021 Fenwick Scholar. The Fenwick Scholar designs an independent research program or project that will complete their undergraduate education in a meaningful and challenging way. Maia's project, entitled "Classics in the Classroom: Retelling the Iliad in Worcester," is to develop a curriculum for six- to eight-year-old Worcester students that will measure their reading motivations and provide engaging and effective transitional reading material for students who are shifting from fictional reading to informational reading, particularly for students from marginalized populations. Maia's project seeks to engage students during a critical period of their reading skills development. Maia's project will be advised by Prof. Lauren Capotosto (Education), Professor and Dean of the Faculty Mary Ebbott (Classics), and Professor Machado (Classics). Previously, Maia completed a Latin-related CBL placement through her Fall 2019 CBL course, "Community Engagement and Social Responsibility." Maia worked with students from Prof. Machado's Latin 101 CBL course to teach Latin to fourth graders at City View Discovery School. (Read more about the Latin CBL component of Prof. Machado's course.) The Donelan Office is excited to see Maia's work take a new shape through her Fenwick Scholar work. Congratulations, Maia!

5/22/20 - Graduating CBL Interns Celebrate the Conferral of their Degrees; Four Receive Presidential Service Awards

On Friday, May 22, 2020, the Holy Cross community virtually celebrated the conferral of Bachelor of Arts Degrees to 707 members of the Class of 2020. Congratulations to the entire senior class! The Donelan Office especially congratulates our seven senior CBL Interns, Hannah Benson, Jack Chaffee, Katie Kelsh, Will McAvoy, Fatima Oseida, Christian Realbuto, and Delaney Wells. These students have served our office extremely well, whether it was for one year, for two years, or for three. We are so grateful for their leadership. Three of our senior CBL Interns were honored with Presidential Service Awards: Will McAvoy, Fatima Oseida, and Christian Realbuto. Additionally, one of our seniors, Delaney Wells, received the George B. Moran Award. The Presidential Service Award (and the George B. Moran Award) honors graduating students who “to an exceptional degree, have used their time, their talents and their personal resources in the service of the College, their fellow students, the Worcester community, and all those who look to the students of Holy Cross for companionship, compassion, and good company.” Congratulations to Delaney, Will, Fatima, and Christian, and congratulations to all of our seniors. We are so proud of you! Watch the 2020 virtual Commencement celebration.

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