Collaborative, High-Impact Learning
A Lafayette education is about actively exploring interests and making dynamic connections between ideas and among people, locally and globally. Together, students and faculty collaborate beyond traditional academic boundaries to tackle intellectual challenges and solve real-world problems. This high-impact approach to learning propels our graduates to lives of accomplishment.
Not far from the well-developed and modern city of Kingston, Jamaica’s rural areas lack basic infrastructure such as paved roads and even running water. Because of the widespread poverty, banks do not have any incentive to set up branches there. Without banks nearby, villagers must make a day-long trek to a city where they can [...]
Engineering Work in Rural Honduras Gives Students Fresh Perspectives on Life on College Hill and Beyond
When he was a first-year student, Juan Hernandez ’13 (Vineland, N.J.) remembers receiving tons of emails soliciting new members for student clubs and organizations. The one from the student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) really caught his eye, and after learning more about its work in Honduras, he signed up. “I was not an [...]
Ever since elementary school, Rachel Davidson ’13 (Bethesda, Md.) has been interested in the Holocaust. Her maternal grandfather, Erwin Schwager, escaped his hometown of Munich, Germany, the day before Kristallnacht, the infamous Nazi-instigated “Night of Broken Glass” in 1938 when Jewish businesses, synagogues, and homes were destroyed. Schwager’s brother escaped to Israel, but their parents [...]
When Oprah Winfrey hosted her final show May 25, Lafayette art students played a small role in saying goodbye to the media giant. The students and Curlee Holton, Roth Professor of Art and director of the Experimental Printmaking Institute, have produced 25 limited-edition prints of Oprah We Love You by celebrated painter, author, and illustrator [...]
When Thafhim “Muna” Siddiqua ’13 (Silver Spring, Md.) and Taneesha Tate-Robinson ’13 (Bowie, Md.) learned about the devastating effects of arsenic poisoning due to contaminated drinking water in Bangladesh, they decided to put together a service project to help. In preparation for their Save Me from Arsenic project, the students teamed up with John Greenleaf, [...]