Holleran Center presents Program in Community Action student research findings April 8

Holleran Center scholars have been immersed in issues of education, health, economic development and human rights participating in research and internships all over the world and right here in New London. They have worked with local organizations such as Safe Futures, the Homeless Hospitality Center, Alzheimer’s’ Association, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, New London Public Schools, FRESH New London, Planned Parenthood, and more. Now they are sharing what they’ve learned with the broader community.

On April 8, seniors from the Holleran Center’s certificate Program in Community Action and Public Policy (PICA) will present research findings from their Senior Integrative Projects in a series of six panel discussions. The event begins at 3 p.m. in Blaustein Humanities Center. All panel discussions are free and open to the public.

The Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy is a multidisciplinary academic center that unites intellectual inquiry with meaningful social, political and civic action in local and global communities. The Center fosters active citizenship and community leadership through scholarship, community partnerships and community-based research. Its emphasis on teaching and learning is directed toward fostering greater understanding about the complexities of contemporary societies.

The PICA program deepens students’ knowledge and skills as active and responsive citizens. Students integrate classroom studies in the liberal arts with experiential learning and research in local and global communities. PICA students work with members of those communities to address challenges and implement effective strategies for change.

Schedule for the panel discussions taking place in the Blaustein Humanities Center:

3-4:15 p.m.
Panel Session One (panelists are listed in order of presentation)

Empowerment of the Self through Community
Students: Sarah Rosadini, Shameesha Pryor, Molly Rosen and Georbina DaRosa
Moderator: Professor Shani Collins, Dance
Location: Ernst Common Room, Blaustein Humanities Center

Looking Back to Move Forward: Bureaucracy, Law Enforcement, and Dilemmas of Dissent
Students: Eilis Klein, Shatrunjay Mall and Heidi Muñoz
Moderator: Professor Lisa Wilson, American Studies
Location: Hood Dining Room, Blaustein Humanities Center

Health: Awareness, Accessibility, and Interventions
Students: Gianna Rocchio, Kiersten Anderson, and Ashley Bjorkman
Moderator: Professor Audrey Zakriski, Psychology
Location: Room 210, Blaustein Humanities Center

4:15 p.m. Coffee and Refreshments
Faculty Lounge, Blaustein Humanities Center

4:45-6 p.m.
Panel Session Two (panelists are listed in order of presentation)

Navigating Failed Systems: Foster Care, Pharmaceutical Pricing, and Affordable Housing
Students: Cassie Walter, Claire Prihoda and Madeline McHale
Moderator: Diana Whitelaw, Retired Holleran Center Associate Director
Location: Ernst Common Room, Blaustein Humanities Center

The Untaught Curriculum
Students: Ellen Babbott, Melinda Messeck, Bridget Horan and Morgan Rentko
Moderator: Professor Lauren Anderson, Education
Location: Hood Dining Room, Blaustein Humanities Center

Whose Body Is It Anyway?: An Exploration of Reproductive Health and Justice
Students: Elizabeth Kenah, Sarah Treaster, Emma Anderson and Annie DiLisio
Moderator: Professor Andrea Baldwin, Gender & Women’s Studies and Africana Studies
Location: Room 210, Blaustein Humanities Center

For more information, please contact the Holleran Center at (860) 439-2596 or holleran@conncoll.edu

March 22, 2017