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Clinton School students and May 2018 graduates Hannah Bahn (Mercer Island, Wash.) and Brittney Dennis (Little Rock, Ark.) have secured full-time jobs. Bahn will join the faculty at Thaden School in Bentonville, Ark., while Dennis will be the Girls of Promise Coordinator for the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas.
An independent private school, Thaden School’s mission is to provide a balanced and challenging education that ignites in its students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose, and responsible global citizenship.
The WFA is the only statewide foundation that focuses solely on women and girls in Arkansas. The mission of the WFA is to engage the community to promote women and girls in Arkansas so they can realize and achieve their full potential.
Bahn and Dennis join fellow 2018 graduates Susanna Creed (Monrovia, Calif.), Mollie Henager (Conway, Ark.), and Domenick Lasorsa (Cape Cod, Mass.) who have already secured full-time positons.
Four University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service Students were honored at the Rotary Foundation Banquet on Thursday, Feb. 15. Darlynton Adegor (Delta, Nigeria), Vinay Raj (Chennai, India), Izehi Oriaghan (Lagos, Nigeria), and John Mensah (Accra, Ghana) were recognized as Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholars.
Each student has received a scholarship that can be used to cover academic and travel costs associated with the Clinton School program.
Adegor and Raj are second-year students at the Clinton School of Public Service.
A graduate of Lagos State University and the Nigerian Law School, Adegor has been working with the Washington D.C.-based Syrian Emergency Task Force since June 2017.
Raj is a graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with a master’s degree in public health and a graduate of UA Little Rock with a Ph.D. in bioinformatics.
Oriaghan and Mensah are both first-year students.
Oriaghan is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University with a degree in international relations. Her work experience includes time as Senior Administrative Officer at the Lagos Waste Management Authority under the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment.
A graduate of the University of Cape Coast with a degree in social sciences, Mensah worked as an assistant field officer with the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection. As a volunteer, he was as a liaison with the District Social Development Officers (DSDOs) helping to get low-income people enrolled onto social intervention plans in rural communities.
A graduate of Boston University, McCall has worked for several newspapers in the New England area. In addition to writing for her college newspaper, McCall has enjoyed stints at The Boston Globe, The Bay City Banner, and The Newport Daily News.
It was through her work as a journalist – a chance interview while covering a local event in Rhode Island – that sparked McCall’s transition to volunteering and community service.
She served one year in AmeriCorps before moving to Kyrgyzstan for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer.
Her time with AmeriCorps was spent as a Community Outreach Coordinator with Cradles to Crayons, an organization that supplies low-income and homeless children with everyday essentials – clothes, shoes, backpacks, school supplies, and toys.
“I once had the opportunity to go with one of the social workers to deliver these packages, and it was the best feeling in the world,” McCall said. “We went into some of the lower income neighborhoods in Boston. I remember this one house, the girl was like 3 or 4, and I rang the doorbell and she came running to the door. She tore it open and she had this huge smile on her face. Mom and dad were in the doorway and the mom was crying and just mouthed the words ‘Thank you’. It was a beautiful moment.”
In Kyrgyzstan, McCall lived with a host family while working for a women’s crisis center. The experience was complete with cultural and language lessons that included having to learn a Cyrillic alphabet.
“That was probably the most challenging experience, professionally and personally,” McCall said of her time in Kyrgyzstan.
Upon her return to the United States, McCall took a job as a grant writer at Saint Anthony Hospital in Chicago, located in a low-income neighborhood serving primarily African American and Latino communities. She worked there for two years before enrolling at the Clinton School in August 2017.
“One thing my journalism professors always told us was that it’s not always a straight path, and mine definitely hasn’t been. But that’s part of the fun.”
Probably from the time I was 10 years old. I’ve always loved to write and tell stories. In high school I took journalism classes and was on the high school newspaper and the yearbook. It was a pretty easy decision when it came time to look at colleges. I knew I wanted to study journalism.
I looked at schools all across the United States and chose Boston University. They have a good reputation for journalism. It’s always been a passion of mine, writing and telling other peoples’ stories and getting to know people that are different than myself and putting their stories into words.
Were you immediately on the journalism track at Boston University?
I applied to BU’s College of Communication as a freshman. Within the first few classes I knew it was for me. I did the college newspaper, and I had some good internships my junior and senior years. I also had some mentors along the way that helped direct me toward what I was going to do afterward.
What are some of the newspapers you worked for?
The Bay State Banner occurred first. That was my junior year of college. That is the African American newspaper in Boston. I interned there for two years as a reporter and copy editor. Even though I was still in college, the editor there threw me into it. In journalism, that’s how you learn. You can learn so much in the classroom, but until you get out there and start to interview people and learn the landscape, it’s all theory. I’m so grateful to him for throwing me out into the pool and letting me swim.
I did that for two years, and then The Boston Globe sports department was my senior year of college. That was amazing. All the sports teams in Boston were winning. I lived in Kenmore Square, right across the street from Fenway, so you could open the window and faintly hear the announcer.
Being a member of the sports department when all the Boston teams were winning was so exciting. We would do the typical intern tasks – answer phones, take down scores for the football games on Friday nights. I also wrote Red Sox and Bruins game previews. I covered the state championship series for gymnastics. I was a competitive gymnast my whole life, so it was a natural fit.
I learned so much by listening and observing and sometimes having one-on-one conversations. I was so grateful for that experience every single day I walked in the doors.
The Newport Daily News is in Newport, Rhode Island. I moved there after graduation and I was a general assignment reporter. I had really good colleagues. I was probably the youngest reporter there by 20-some years.
In Newport, I had an opportunity to interview a man from Kenya. He was in town for a community meeting, traveling around the United States with Catholic Relief Services. His story was inspiring and unlike any other I’d written so far.
Basically, his story was that at the age of 23, he was left to care for 15 siblings and cousins because all of the adults in their family had died of AIDS. He was on the track to do very well for himself in Kenya. He gave that all up at the time to care for these siblings and cousins – to make sure they were clothed, fed, educated. This man just had these beautiful brown eyes – lots of people have brown eyes, but I just felt like there was so much soul in there – and I’d never heard a story like his before. It touched me in a place that I hadn’t felt.
After his presentation, I had a chance to talk with him one on one, and one of the questions I asked was, “What can people in America or even right here in Newport do to help families in villages like yours in Kenya?” He looked at me and said, “Christine, you’re doing it right now. You’ve come and you’ve heard my story, and tonight you’re going to write my story, and then tomorrow this entire community is going to know mine and my family’s story.” No one had ever said anything like that to me before, or put journalism in that perspective.
Almost 10 years later, I look back on that and see that he was telling me, in a way, that journalism is a public service. I never thought of it in that context before.
After I turned in my story to the editor, I just started searching for volunteer opportunities and service opportunities. AmeriCorps came up. Peace Corps showed up. Even the Clinton School showed up somewhere in my search that night.
I still love journalism very much, but that man put it in a new light. I thought, “There’s something more. What else can I do?” People talk about following their heart or passion or intuition, and I did that.
I love it. It’s everything and probably more than what I expected. One of the first things that really drew me here were the three projects – Practicum, IPSP, and Capstone. We are in the middle of Practicum right now and I am on a team working with the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas. That’s been a really great experience. My team members and I worked on research the first semester and have been tasked with making a toolkit for businesses in Arkansas to evaluate gender equity in the workplace. This semester, we’ll be doing focus groups, interviews, and surveys that will aid in creating that toolkit.
I really love the Speaker Series here; that was one of the main attractions as well. I’ve met some really wonderful people that I’ve kept in touch with afterwards. The professors have been really helpful in providing a space to talk about career opportunities.
I’m really excited for the second semester and the social entrepreneurship class with Terry Mazany. He is the former CEO of The Chicago Community Trust. I’m really looking forward to his class this semester and more Speaker Series and figuring out IPSP. I have classmates from all over the country and a few international. I feel like I learn something new from them every day. We are all each other’s teachers.
El Investigador Visitante es un programa a través del Centro para la Filantropía Comunitaria para realizar proyectos innovadores que expandan el trabajo del Centro y del Clinton School para desarrollar mejores prácticas en los sectores sin fines de lucro y filantrópicos.
“Es vital realizar investigaciones que exploren el impacto de la raza en los resultados de salud, políticos y económicos para mejorar las prácticas” indicó la Dra. Charlotte Williams, Catedrática Asociada y Directora del Centro para la Filantropía Comunitaria. “Esta es un área de peritaje del Dr. Rodríguez-Díaz y estamos entusiasmados por compartir los resultados de su trabajo”.
El Dr. Carlos E. Rodríguez-Díaz es Catedrático Asociado en la Escuela Graduada de Salud Pública de la Universidad de Puerto Rico – Recinto de Ciencias Médicas en donde está afiliado al Programa Doctoral en Salud Pública con especialidad en Determinantes Sociales de la Salud y al Centro de Investigación y Evaluación Sociomédica.
“Tener al Dr. Rodríguez-Díaz en nuestra institución proveerá oportunidades educativas a nuestros estudiantes en el Clinton School” estableció el Decano Skip Rutherford. “Él también será parte de la Serie de Presentaciones en el Clinton School, donde discutirá lo que ha ocurrido en Puerto Rico luego del impacto de desastres naturales”. Esta actividad es gratuita para todo el público y se llevará a cabo el jueves, 8 de febrero a las 6:00pm.
El Dr. Rodríguez-Díaz completó un grado de maestría en educación en salud pública y un doctoral en salud pública con especialidad en promoción de la salud comunitaria. Su post-doctorado fue especializado en investigación en salud global y VIH. Además, ha completado otras experiencias académicas en políticas de salud, derechos humanos y diplomacia en salud.
El trabajo del Dr. Rodríguez-Díaz se focaliza en el desarrollo e implementación de intervenciones para reducir inequidades en salud en poblaciones socialmente vulnerabilizadas. Él ha recibido apoyo de agencias gubernamentales, no-gubernamentales, privadas y comunitarias para apoyar sus proyectos relacionados a la atención de los determinantes sociales de inequidades en salud en Puerto Rico, Los Estados Unidos de América y la región del Caribe.
Supervisors: Dr. Malcolm Glover and Kathleen Pate
The Arkansas Historic Decisions Learning Exchange (ARHDLE) is a coalition of museums and learning centers in the state who seek to use public deliberation as a tool to enhance educational programs at their facilities and engage communities in substantive discussions about important issues. As part of the public deliberation process, people are encouraged to listen to one another, explore the unbiased facts of an issue, test ideas, weigh options and balance tradeoffs to find where their diverse interests overlap so that they can better understand each other and act together to confront problems.
Currently, representatives from the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville; Delta Cultural Center in Helena-West Helena; MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History in Little Rock; and U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith form the core of ARHDLE. As part of the ARHDLE initiative, Clinton School students are conducting useful research and working with officials from the aforementioned partner institutions to develop new programs based on historic issues. The historical frameworks developed by the students will be used at each facility in a way that encourages participants to think about a difficult public issue from the past and try to find common ground through a facilitated discussion about possible solutions.
Mission Statement: The ARHDLE initiative is made possible by a research grant from the Kettering Foundation. A nonprofit operating foundation rooted in the American tradition of cooperative research, Kettering’s primary research question is, what does it take to make democracy work as it should? Kettering’s research is distinctive because it is conducted from the perspective of citizens and focuses on what people can do collectively to address problems affecting their lives, their communities, and their nation.
“The Clinton School students working on this project are conducting research that inspires collective problem solving. The concept of deliberative democracy, or consensus decision-making, is a foundational element of this practicum project. Each day, students are taking the necessary steps to develop educational frameworks that enlighten people, strengthen civil discourse, and make a difference in the communities where our partner institutions are based.” – Dr. Malcolm Glover, ARHDLE Project Coordinator
Supervisor: Carol Ann Duke
The team will assess the impact of a middle school public service curriculum. The students will work to gather data to show the impact of the curriculum on community partners as well as students and the “whole child” aspects of middle school and career and college preparation.
Mission: To provide all students a quality education through the collaborative efforts of the school, families and all stakeholders to create productive citizens in our ever changing society.
“Our partnership with the Clinton School has afforded our students the opportunity to engage with students from all over the country and hear about their experiences with public service. Our staff is working seamlessly with this year’s Field Placement Team to launch the grade-level curriculum that last year’s team developed. That work is invaluable as we experiment with elements of the curriculum to expose our students to the many facets of public service available to them and determined the efficacy of the curriculum, make revisions, and move forward in preparing our students for robust academic, vocational, and avocational lives as they become members of a global society.” – Carol Ann Duke, Principal
Dr. Carlos E. Rodríguez-Díaz has been announced as Researcher in Residence and Visiting Philanthropy Faculty Scholar for the Center on Community Philanthropy at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. His first day on campus will be Monday, Jan. 29.
The Researcher in Residence will work with the Center on Community Philanthropy to do groundbreaking and innovative research that furthers the work of the Center and the Clinton School to build more evidence-based practice across the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.
“Research that explores the impact of race on social, political, and economic outcomes is vital for building better practice across the sector,“ said Dr. Charlotte Williams, Associate Professor and Director of the Center on Community Philanthropy. “This is an area of expertise for Dr. Rodríguez-Díaz and we look forward to sharing our findings.”
Rodríguez-Díaz is a public health scientist and an associate professor at the School of Public Health at the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan. He works with the Graduate School of Public Health and the Center for Sociomedical Research and Evaluation with a specialty in social determinants of health.
“Having Dr. Rodríguez-Díaz here will provide educational opportunities for our students at the Clinton School,” Dean Skip Rutherford said. “He is also going to be part of the Clinton School Speaker Series, discussing ‘What Happened in Puerto Rico,’ which will be free and open to the public.”
Rodríguez-Díaz earned a master’s degree in Public Health Education and a Ph.D. in Public Health with a major in Community Health Promotion. His post-doctoral training was in HIV and global health research. Additionally, he has completed other academic experiences in health policy, human rights, and health diplomacy.
Rodríguez-Díaz’s work has focused primarily on intervention development to reduce health inequities among disenfranchised populations. He has received support from governmental, non-governmental, and community-based organizations to support research initiatives to address social determinants of health inequities in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean region.
The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service Center on Community Philanthropy has announced the recipients of its inaugural Advancing Equity Award. The recipients, listed below, were announced at Tuesday’s reception to celebrate the second annual National Day of Healing.
Each group is awarded a $5,000 stipend to assist with their organization’s efforts.
The first recipient is the UA Little Rock Racial Disparities in the Arkansas Criminal Justice System Research Project, an organization that seeks to reduce racial disparities in the criminal justice system through outreach and education.
The second recipient is Immigration Arkansas, Inc., an organization with the goal to end racial division due to cultural and language barriers and misinformation in the community, and continue advocacy in promoting racial equity.
The third and final recipient is Give Us the Ballot, an educational platform designed around the civic theme of voting, particularly focused on youth.
This award is given to organizations that are using innovative solutions to address racial inequalities in their communities and advance progress toward inclusion. Award recipients will be presented with support to enhance their efforts.
The recipients were announced as part of the Center on Community Philanthropy’s celebration for the second annual National Day of Racial Healing.
The National Day of Racial Healing is an opportunity for people, organizations and communities across the United States to call for racial healing, bring people together in their common humanity and take collective action to create a more just and equitable world.
The National Day of Racial Healing is a part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation effort — a national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism.
Due to inclement weather, the reception for the National Day of Racial Healing has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 23 at noon in Sturgis Hall.
The recipients of the inaugural Clinton School Center on Community Philanthropy Advancing Equity Award will be announced at the reception. This award is given to organizations that are using innovative solutions to address racial inequalities in their communities and advance progress toward inclusion. Award recipients will be presented with support to enhance their efforts.
Refreshments will be served during this event. Please RSVP at email@example.com by January 19.