Initiative B, Objective 3: Emphasize Learning in Communities: Residential, Local, Global, Virtual
WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning, created opportunities for students to complete their study abroad goals, support faculty development in Serbia, Scotland and Spain and hosted an immigration forum to discuss changes in immigration law and regulations.
Residential Living and Learning continues to develop processes and program plans for theme-based housing in the 2017 academic year. Five Catalyst Houses are functioning and a new house is in the planning for the start of the 2017 fall semester.
March 2016 Stetson University announces Community Catalyst Houses, established at the start of the 2016-17 academic year. The project brings together students with a common interest who live under one roof and "work together to serve as a catalyst for positive change in the community."
Shih-hsiung Liang, a Fulbright Scholar from Taiwan spent the summer at the Stetson Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience to learn about springs in Florida. Liang will take that information back home as he and a team of scientists make an inventory of springs in Taiwan, raise public awareness about the importance of water resources, and begin to advocate for environmental protections.
Stetson University senior Kayla MacPhee traveled to San Gemini, Italy, and to work with Roman ceramics more than 2,000 years old – a prized experience for an art history major who hopes to attend one of just six graduate programs in conservation in the United States. Stetson encourages students to find internships during their undergraduate studies, even if one isn’t required to graduate in their major, said Amy Barber, Internship coordinator with Stetson’s Career & Professional Development office.
The Environmental Sustainability Fellow Scholarship — a pilot program for the broader emerging initiative of Stetson Values Fellowships — empowers students to engage their passion for environmental responsibility as part of their professional development.
Rosalie Richards, Ph.D., associate provost for faculty development and professor of chemistry and education at Stetson University earned a Clare Booth Luce (CBL) Scholarship through the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Institute. The HERS Institute is committed to transforming academia by creating and sustaining a community of diverse women leaders. Richards' academic research and practice have been working internationally to provide opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds who have not ordinarily engaged in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. Richards said her participation at the HERS Institute will allow her to develop and hone skills in leadership to expand the impact of this work.
Stetson University junior and Environmental Sustainability Fellow
Rajni Shankar-Brown, Ph.D., an associate professor of education and the Jessie Ball duPont Chair of Social Justice Education, works to build an understanding of and commitment to academic rigor – not only for her students but also students from high-poverty elementary schools through the Dream Big program.
Education Associate Professor and Jessie Ball duPont Chair of Social Justice Education, Rajni Shankar-Brown, Ph.D., has been awarded an Education and Culture grant by the U.S. Department of State and the Partners of the Americas.
Joyce Mundy, Ed.D., Stetson associate professor of education, is working to create and shape the Nina B. Hollis Center for School Leadership, to teach school leaders to look at the individual needs of underserved populations and put into place programs for long-term assistance.