Digest

Volume VI, Issue II

Taking a Break to Serve

This year the Leduc Center was proud to support five Alternative Breaks that were designed to provide students with an opportunity to give back to the community while learning about themselves in the process. All of these outstanding groups completed significant work over the break and are an inspiration to others to become more involved.

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Opening the Door to Higher Education for New Bedford Seventh Graders

Research on college and career awareness recommends that students begin planning for postsecondary education as early as the sixth grade. “We’re trying to plant the seed for these kids. College is definitely do-able,” said Dr. Matthew Roy, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Civic Engagement. UMass Dartmouth, in collaboration with New Bedford Public Schools, is prepared to play our part in the success of New Bedford students through the College Awareness Initiative.

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Celebrating Excellence: Civic Leadership Awards

On April 20th, the Leduc Center hosted a reception at the Star Store Campus of the College of Visual and Performing Arts where the recipients of the annual Civic Leadership Awards were recognized. The Civic Leadership Awards recognize a student, faculty member, and community member who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to civic engagement. The event included opening remarks from Dr. Matthew Roy, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Civic Engagement, and Gerry Kavanaugh, Senior Vice Chancellor for Strategic Management, followed by an invocation by Rev. Dr. Robert Lawrence.

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Picture Yourself in Service: Working to Engage Youth in Service

The Leduc Center, in conjunction with SouthCoast Serves, celebrated National Volunteer Week, April 23rd – April 29th. Our goals were to increase the number of youth engaged in service across the region, develop a community strategy to engage youth in service as an element of youth development, and to increase engagement in service activities hosted by the Leduc Center.

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Removing Stigmas, Changing Perceptions: A Student on a Mission

When a fellow student died of an apparent heroin overdose, UMass Dartmouth nursing student Callie Nunez knew she had to do something. “We knew something needed to be changed on campus,” she said. “It’s not something that isn’t happening on college campuses.”

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Focus on Feeding Local Hunger: Southcoast Food Security Forum

Hunger and malnutrition are big problems for low-income families across the country, and New England is no exception. On the evening of February 1st, the Southcoast Food Security Forum, a conference hosted at the Charlton College of Business, brought awareness of the problem of local hunger to those in attendance. Presenters at the conference represented various philanthropic organizations in the Southcoast region who are working to alleviate the problem of local hunger. Open to the public, about a hundred patrons participated in this informative event.

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Spotlight on Engaged Scholarship

The Leduc Center held its third annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium on March 31st. This event is an opportunity for faculty to highlight the engaged scholarship they are conducting in their respective fields. The Symposium also gives audience members the ability to learn more about the intersection between community, scholarship, and civic engagement.

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