Refugees Find a Place at the Table and a First Thanksgiving

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Bienfait Jugado, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, enjoyed his first-ever Thanksgiving feast Saturday. He was one of about 150 recently arrived refugees at the Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island annual holiday event.

“I ate an apple, a carrot, and cake,” the 9-year-old said. “And some cheese. And water.” Not to mention some turkey, of which there was plenty to go around.

(Distributed November 22, 2014)

Local Students Share Views on Education

Panel emphasizes importance of personal interactions with teachers, mentors for learning:

In an effort to shift the discussion on education away from the “ivory tower of academics and policymakers,” Brown student organizations — Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment, Generation Citizen, Rhode Island Urban Debate League and the Providence Student Union — handed the discussion over to the real experts on education in Providence, the students themselves, said Rachel Black ’16, a member of Generation Citizen.

(Distributed November 14, 2014)

Students Help Assess Needs of State's Homeless

About 200 Brown students participated in a campaign to survey local homeless individuals to help connect them with housing opportunities.:

Just an hour before heading out to survey people on the streets, Keenan Line ’18 received unsettling precautions: be careful with personal items, be ready to call 911 in case of an emergency and do not interact with hostile people. Though she realized that these were merely precautionary measures, Line admitted she felt “unnecessarily nervous,” and was worried about how strangers would treat college students who wore North Face jackets and had beds to sleep in every night.

(Distributed November 13, 2014)

Student Community Service Opens Doors and Eyes

Finding Direction: Providence College junior Kristina Campano volunteers at the Common Grounds Café, a joint venture between the college and the Smith Hill Community Development Corp.:

Colleges and universities across Rhode Island are placing a heavier emphasis on community service for their students,, which they say helps turn out more job market-ready graduates.

Service-minded students are arguably more fitted to the competitions of the workforce because of hands-on experience, industry knowledge and well-developed networking skills. Faculty and staff also say that service work motivates recent graduates to seek work in-state.

(Distributed November 3, 2014)

Number of TRI-Lab Applications Holds Steady

Students, faculty will examine environmental issues affecting Providence neighborhoods:

The University received approximately twice the number of applicants for the number of spots available in the 2015 TRI-Lab by the Oct. 19 deadline, a statistic consistent with past semesters, said Allen Hance, director of the TRI-Lab.

(Distributed October 30, 2014)
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