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1/29/2018 - Holy Cross Announces $3 Million Gift for J.D. Power Center for Liberal Arts in the World (Holy Cross Newsroom)

College of the Holy Cross has received a $3 million gift from the family of alumnus and pioneer in consumer research and information, J.D. Power III ’53, in support of the College’s Center for Liberal Arts in the World. In recognition of this transformative gift, the Center will be renamed the J.D. Power Center for Liberal Arts in the WorldRead more about the story here. The Donelan Office is excited about being a part of this Center and looks forward to the additional support it will bring to experiential learning at Holy Cross.


1/20/2018 - Holy Cross Magazine Features Ten Years of Montserrat; Several Montserrat Courses Have a CBL Component (Holy Cross Magazine)

Prof. Neal Lipstiz' Montserrat CBL course, "Science of Happiness" is featured in this Holy Cross Magazine story. This year, six Montserrat courses include a CBL component. Click here to read more of the history of Montserrat and the evolution over the past ten years.


11/28/2017 - Worcester Magazine and Worcester T & G Feature Story on Holy Cross Being Awarded $800,000 Community Research Grant from the Mellon Foundation 

From the Worcester Magazine article: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Holy Cross in Worcester a $800,000 grant to support community-based research projects in the city, the school announced Tuesday. The grant, matching the largest Holy Cross has ever received from the foundation, will fund five years of faculty research projects as part of the “Scholarship in Action” initiative, which Holy Cross Provost Marjaret Freije said draws on the school’s strengths: strong community partnerships, active engagement of students in Worcester and a commitment by faculty to engaging students in their research projects. Click here to read more of the Worcester Magazine article. Click here to read the T & G article.


11/26/2017 - Holy Cross alum, Lillie Reder '17 (also a former CBL Intern) discusses her involvement in the Non-Profit Careers Conference in the Chronicle of Higher Education 

For two winter breaks I returned to campus a week before the start of second semester to attend my college’s annual Non-Profit Careers Conference. Participants spent the week diving into the logistics of running, maintaining, and expanding nonprofit organizations by sitting in on lectures given by our faculty and visiting guests and engaging directly with local nonprofits here in Worcester, Mass. Click here to continue reading.


10/30/2017 - Director Michelle Sterk Barrett Elected Vice-Chair of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities' (AJCU) Service Learning Professionals Group

Donelan Office Director, Michelle Sterk Barrett has been elected as Vice-Chair of the AJCU Service Learning Professionals Group. The group is comprised of service learning professionals from all of the Jesuit colleges and universities across the U.S. As Vice-Chair Michelle will assist in the leadership of the professional group, assist with the planning of the bi-annual meeting, serve as a resource for all service learning professionals in the AJCU, and assume the responsibilities of the Chair should the Chair no longer be able to serve. Michelle has extensive experience in the AJCU network through working in AJCU schools for over 16 years, participating in the Ignatian Colleagues Program, and co-chairing the 2017 JUHAN conference at Holy Cross. Since early in her career, she has found the AJCU service learning professional network to be filled with incredible people doing incredible work and has thoroughly appreciated how it has fostered a space for professional guidance/support, innovative ideas, and genuine friendships. Therefore, she is privileged to serve the network that has been such a gift to her through the years. Congratulations, Michelle!


10/13/2017 - Latino History Project of Worcester Exhibit, "The Journey" Opens

On Friday, October 13th, the Latino History Project of Worcester exhibit, "The Journey" opens at the Worcester Historical Museum. The Journey is about coming to Worcester and straddling two worlds. One that is left behind and the new place that we make our home.  This project will enhance the understanding of the origins and cultural assets that Latinos contribute to the fabric of Worcester. It is inspired by the migration of Latinos into and out of Worcester and the objects that are important to them, represented by the items in the suitcase. Latinos brought with them many items from home: a rosary, a little bit of soil, a pilón (Puerto Rican grinder), and their music. Objects that Latinos thought were essential in starting a new life in Worcester.  The 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. Two Holy Cross Professors, Rosa Carrasquillo (History) and Cynthia Stone (Spanish) are members of the Latino History Project steering committee. In Professor Stone's Spanish 304 course, "Aspects of Spanish-American Culture," students are completing a CBL project with the Latino History Project. 


10/5/2017 - "Jesuit Organizations Lead the Way in Aiding Refugees Worldwide" (Holy Cross Magazine

The Fall 2017 Holy Cross Magazine cover story features the ways in which Jesuit organizations, Holy Cross especially, are actively responding to the refugee crisis. The story highlights the Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Conference (that was hosted at Holy Cross this past summer), Pax Christi, SPUD, and Community-Based Learning, along with Holy Cross community partners, the Worcester Refugee Assistance Project (WRAP), Refugee Artisans of Worcester (RAW), and the Worcester Alliance for Refugee Ministry (WARM). Current and former CBL Interns' experiences are also featured in the article (Mattie Carroll '19 and Clare Orie '18). Regarding her passion to assist the world's most vulnerable, including refugees, Clare shares "I feel like it is my responsibility to use my education to help my brothers and sisters worldwide." Click here to read the article in its entirety.


7/27/2017 - Maymester CBL course, "Social Justice In Context" Featured in Holy Cross News

In "Social Justice in Context," 12 studenst traveled to India to first learn about Indian society and culture and then participate in a two-week internship (the CBL component). Of the internship, Hanna Ballantine '19 shared, “The internship was an essential part of the Maymester as it allowed us to take what we learned from the first two weeks in Bangalore during lectures and from listening to guest speakers, and put this knowledge into action." Click here to read the full article.


6/27/2017 - 6/29/2017 - College of the Holy Cross (CBL, Dean's Office, and Peace and Conflict Studies) Hosts JUHAN Conference (Holy Cross News)

The College of the Holy Cross welcomed over 150 people to campus for the fifth biennial Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN) Conference. The theme of this year's conference was "Principles in Crisis: Refugees and Responsibility." Students, faculty, staff, scholars, and practitioners from across North America attended the conference. The three days were filled with deep and engaged dialogue, provocative keynote sessions, thoughtful breakout sessions, and visits to local community partners working to support refugees, immigrants, and those seeking asylum right here in Worcester. Regarding lessons learned from participating in the conference, one participant shared:

I knew going into this conference that it was important for me personally and for our organization to accompany the refugees and immigrants in our midst and to collaborate with other community stakeholders and organizations who share the same vision and heart to serve. These commitments/values were strengthened. Also, I think of myself more as an activist than as an academic, but I leave the JUHAN conference with a renewed commitment to keep learning and developing a big-picture, systemic perspective on the issues involved in pursuing social justice.

Click here to read the Holy Cross Newsroom report. 

Photos from L to R: Eva Millona, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition giving the welcome address; JUHAN participants on a site visit to the Worcester Alliance for Refugee Ministry; the Holy Cross JUHAN Planning Team, Prof. Denis Kennedy, Isabelle Jenkins, Dr. Michelle Sterk Barrett, Sahra Hassan '19, and Mattie Carroll '19.

For more about the JUHAN Conference, visit the 2017 JUHAN Conference website. Here you can view more photos, videos of the keynote sessions, as well as other news and resources. Also visit the AJCU JUHAN webpage. Here you can find more information about the wider JUHAN Network. The sixth biennial JUHAN Conference will be held in 2019 (location TBD). 


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