Smith Hill CDC 25th Anniversary Event

I am proud to serve on the Board of Directors at the Smith Hill Community Development Corporation (CDC). This organization has done incredible work turning urban blight into affordable housing for Smith Hill residents. In addition to redeveloping troubled properties, the CDC, and its dedicated staff, have implemented programs to support the education and professional development of Smith Hill residents while brining the neighborhood together. This is important work as stronger neighborhoods make a stronger Providence.

The Smith Hill CDC will he hosting its 25th Anniversary Reception and Fundraiser on Saturday June 24th at Hotel Providence from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. This is going to be a great party in support of a great cause. We hope you can join us. Tickets can be purchased here.




Henrietta Lacks and Institutional Identity

Earlier this year I had the honor of sitting on a panel with several Rhode Island College faculty members at RIC’s Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. The discussion focused on ways to teach The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the book that RIC selected as their common reading selection for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Click here to read my recently published article on teaching Henrietta Lacks.  It appears in the Spring 2013 addition of Issues in Teaching and Learning (pages 12 & 13).

This book was important during the inaugural year at the Middle College as every student in our school read it.  Henrietta’s story served as a touchstone that faculty used to create and reinforce our shared values regarding inquiry, interdisciplinary thinking and social justice.  RIC’s subsequent use of the text highlights the college part of the Middle College model and reminds us that our students have tackled many rigorous texts in building a culture of achievement.

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