Community-Based Learning and Research
Students and College Hill residents agree: The dangerous intersection of Cattell and High streets near the WaWa convenience store crosswalk is a problem. But, what to do about it? Chemical engineering major Diana Giulietti ’13 (Pawcatuck, Conn.) suggested making a “bead” curtain of reflective disks draped over the road as a way to alert drivers to [...]
By Shehtaz Huq ’13 Six computer science seniors collaborated with New Bethany Ministries—a local nonprofit that serves the homeless, poor, and mentally ill—to create a computerized system that keeps track of its clients and the services provided to them. “Our primary goal was to deliver a functional and flexible program that will help the people [...]
Lafayette has launched the Center for Community Engagement to support and expand experiential learning opportunities through partnerships with communities at the local, national, and global levels. “I think this is a step that can lead to something really amazing that will highlight and enhance all the work that we’re doing,” says Bonnie Winfield, director of community partnerships.
The Lafayette Initiative for Malagasy Education (LIME) was featured in the June 13 edition of USA TODAY College. The article, “American Students Pave Way for High Schoolers in Madagascar,” highlights the work Lafayette students have done in the country over the last three years. Read the USA TODAY article Read more about LIME The program [...]
For young parents, finding safe and affordable housing can be a challenge. Although shelters are available, many find their rules too restrictive, so they avoid them. Deborah Byrd, professor of English, and research assistant Kristin Anderson ’14 (Newburgh, N.Y.) spent the summer and fall meeting with teens from the Family and Development Research Program, which [...]
Even though this is her second semester at Lafayette, Rebeka Ramangamihanta ’16 still has a hard time believing she’s living her dream of studying in America. “Sometimes I look in the mirror and say, ‘Is it really true?’” says Ramangamihanta, the first high school student to complete the Lafayette Initiative for Malagasy Education (LIME) and [...]
Lafayette’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is one of three in the nation to be named a 2013 Premier Project by EWB-USA, the organization’s highest honor. It was selected from more than 250 chapters across the nation working on more than 350 projects. Since 2006, Lafayette has been working with residents of El Convento, [...]
A few times a month, the three student residents of the new Community-Based Learning & Research (CBLR) house come together to talk about what they are learning from their community service activities. These reflection sessions help them stay focused on the purpose of their Learning Living Community (LLC), one of 13 that opened in college-owned houses [...]
Rebecca Citrin ’14 (Springfield, N.J.) loves to see kids get excited about science and technology. She has put countless hours into two projects to help generate that enthusiasm. Citrin, a civil engineering major, is developing the curriculum for an interactive museum-based game that will help students ages 9-12 learn about sustainability concepts and environmental engineering [...]
By Michele Tallarita ’12 A group of students from diverse majors is working to make a local fish farming operation more economically and environmentally efficient. The students are members of Technology Clinic, a hands-on course founded in 1987 that combines various student expertise and talents to help solve real-world problems of a business, nonprofit, or [...]
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