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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Jenkins Macedo
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Jenkins Macedo (USA) has served as program coordinator for RESPECT Ghana, and an associate of RESPECT International in Canada creating awareness and education about refugee issues. He earned his associate degree in agriculture education from the West African College for Sustainable Development in Accra, Ghana in 2006. He graduated from Worcester State College in 2010 with a B.S. in sociology and geography with a concentration in environmental science. He was awarded the Colleges of Worcester Consortium Worcester State College 2010 Community Engagement Awards for volunteering at the African Community Education Program (ACE). In 2008, he worked as a RA forthe Bridging Barriers Research Project. He also has conducted quantitative research on the integration of Liberian refugees and also environmental impacts of warehoused refugees in Ghana, geocoding the locations of students of the ACE program in the City of Worcester and a research project on the human impacts of the war in Iraq.