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On April 14th, Waltham Committee member Susan Thomson and Rachael Katz, student/alumnae partner for Waltham Committee member Georgia Sassen, presented a poster session at the New England Regional Campus Compact Conference in Burlington,VT.  The theme for this year’s conference was Higher Education and the Greater Good:  Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century.  Our poster session focused on opportunities for community-engaged learning offered through the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center Student-Scholar Partnership.  Three projects were presented:  “Women and Safe Food,” by Waltham Committee member Jambalmaa Khainzen and student partner Kathleen Rees; “Drums and Poems,” by Georgia Sassen and Rachael Katz; and “Assessing Outcomes at a Residential Treatment Center for Adolescent Girls,” by Susan Thomson and student partner Joanne Qiao. All three projects involve community work in Waltham or nearby towns.  “Women and Safe Food” is developing a food safety training program for immigrant women in an English language course at the Waltham Family School, “Drums and Poems” offers an after-school class for children at the Plympton School in Waltham, and “Assessing Outcomes at a Residential Treatment Center for Adolescent Girls” is tracking outcomes for a treatment center in Arlington.  Overall, our presentation at the conference allowed us to share these projects and to learn about the challenges and successes associated with campus-community partnerships throughout New England.  Rachael Katz also had the opportunity to network with faculty connected with the community-engaged learning program at UMass Amherst, where she will be attending graduate school this coming fall.

Rachel Katz at our poster session on opportunities for community engaged learning

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