IDCE Graduate Social Change House

For the 2014-2015 Academic Year, the Office of Residential Life and Housing (RLH) and the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment (IDCE) have collaborated to form the IDCE Social Change House - a Graduate living & learning community available only to IDCE students.

The IDCE Social Change House is located at 906 Main Street, a beautiful Victorian home situated on the same block as the IDCE Department. This 14 bedroom home is being extensively renovated during the upcoming summer (students interested in moving onto campus for the summer will be housed at one of our other Graduate Student Houses for no additional charge.

It is our hope that this living and learning environment will provide another dimension to graduate education in IDCE. Formally and informally, sharing a living space with a culturally diverse range of students will support the ability of the IDCE community to foster discussion and understanding of social change, and what it really means in relation to ideas discussed in the classroom. The first residents of the Social Change House will help IDCE and RLH to build this new facet of our community, providing their leadership and energy to the development of programming and intellectual direction for the House. Already, our plans include bi-weekly, evening chats with IDCE faculty and a series of monthly lectures and discussions from notable change agents. In addition to a closer connection to a social change community, living in the Social Change House has practical benefits as well. Like all on-campus housing, the Social Change House is all-inclusive and affordable (as little as $633 per month for students who take advantage of the free summer housing) as well as very close to campus and the IDCE Department.

If you think you would be interested in living in the Social Change House, please email Erika Paradis so that Erika can keep you informed about this exciting residential opportunity.

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Brandon Cohen
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Brandon Cohen (USA) is a 2004 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. While studying political science and history, he began extensively traveling and experimenting with social entrepreneurship. He soon combined his passions by helping to create a student-initiated NGO which empowers African refugee youth. In the summer of 2004, Brandon safely coordinated a series of development projects in the Dukwi Refugee Camp in Botswana. The next year he returned to Africa as Associate Director of the organization, and coordinated three new development projects in the Kala Refugee Camp in Zambia. After returning to the United States, Brandon worked as the Development Associate for the Tahirih Justice Center in Falls Church, VA, which assists women and girls who are fleeing gender-based human rights abuses. To date, he has traveled, studied, or worked in over 40 countries on five continents.