Each year, University Scholars dedicate 100 hours to civic engagement activity. This experience is designed to help Scholars understand how they can best put their talents to use. We offer two terrific opportunities through which Scholars can fulfill their service obligations: Direct Service and participation in a University Community Service Project. Many Scholars choose to do direct service with community partners through our Civic Engagement Program. Scholars also had the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary teams on self-directed yearlong Community-based Research Projects.
On April 16th, a number of individual students and our research groups presented the results of their year-long service to our community partners, as well as faculty and staff from throughout the university. The event was a tremendous success. In the posts to follow, you will find short descriptions of each project, as well as links through to each presentation. Enjoy!
The Justice League
Wendy Chu, Matthew Connolly, Nathaniel Dempkowski, Rose Leopold, Cayman MacDonald, Kara Morgan
Inspired by the “Million Dollar Blocks Project” undertaken in New York City, this project is an attempt to mark the economic costs of incarcerations in the city of Boston. The goal of the project was to ascertain the nature and extent of the investments our city makes in our communities, with an eye towards making contributions to policy discussions as the project moves forward. Scholars worked closely with Professor Natasha Frost from Northeastern’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Professor Frost, who is completing a study on incarceration’s efficacy in preventing crime and its long-term impact on neighborhood health, generously shared data with the Scholars. The map will become part of Eric Cadora’s Justice Atlas of Sentencing and Correction.
Take a look at their presentation below.