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Laura Chenier ’10: Hearing for Humanity

April 30, 2012
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Hearing for Humanity Team

This summer, Emerson Alumna Laura Chenier ’10 will leave the dry landscape of Tempe, Arizona for the blistering heat of Malawi. The Arizona State University (ASU) graduate student will work withHearing for Humanity, an ASU non-profit that aims to improve hearing care in sub-Saharan Africa through training and providing hearing equipment. Chenier’s current track, one that fuses…

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Alternative Spring Break 2012

April 30, 2012
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Group photos from the 2012 Boston and New Mexico Trips.

Over spring break, 27 Emerson students, faculty, and staff spent their week completing service projects for communities in Boston and New Mexico as part of Emerson’s Alternative Spring Break program. This year’s program focused on food issues. Both groups in Boston and Taos, New Mexico spent the week taking a hands-on approach to farming, and food access…

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Jumpstart at Emerson College: Reflections

April 30, 2012
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Jumpstart Corps member at a family night event.

Samm Leska, Blue Team, Team Leader Kaliese. There are so many things I can say about this little fireball. At three years old, she may stand only three feet tall, but she can give you a run for your money. As a second year Corps member, I thought that my year of Jumpstart would be easier the…

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A Semester of Service: Energy & Sustainability

April 30, 2012
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Professor Honea poses questions to student presenters.

Jon Honea‘s Energy and Sustainability classes not only studied energy sources, usage, and sustainability in the classroom, but also engaged in service learning assignments to integrate these concepts into their broader education experience. The students engaged in a semester-long assignment to develop a project that addresses an energy or sustainability issue on campus and formulate…

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A Semester of Service: Immigration Issues

April 30, 2012
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Green Card Sign from Immigration Exhibit.

Students in Nancy Hiemstra‘s “Focus on Boston: Immigration and Public Policy” classes spent two months serving at local nonprofit organizations dedicated to immigration issues. The new class at Emerson looks at immigration and policy, and how these elements play out in everyday life. Hiemstra says the Boston focus is important for students to have, since most…

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A Semester of Service: Research Writing

April 30, 2012
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Research Writing Website Screen Shot

Students in Beth Parfitt‘s Research Writing classes spent part of the semester combining their research skills with community service. Parfitt has included a service learning component in the past four sections of this class, which she teaches every spring semester. She explains that service is a good research tool and something that has helped her learn more about…

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