Engaged Scholarship Articles & Blogs

Charlotte Maxwell, in shadow, standing at podium, with screen behind her that shows old photo of Perkins family in Worcester
October 16, 2017
The Dillon family sits for a portrait in their home in Worcester’s Beaver Brook neighborhood. It’s 1904, and their neighbor, a photographer named Charles Bullard, perches behind the camera. This 1904 photograph of the Dillon family of Worcester appears in the Worcester Art Museum's current exhibition of William Bullard's...
Clark University Graduate School of Management Professor David Correll sits on a wooden staircase in Carlson Hall
August 14, 2017
Prior to enrolling in Professor David Correll’s supply chain management class at Clark University’s Graduate School of Management, what most students know about the topic can be summed up in a UPS catchphrase: “It’s logistics.” “It’s true,” Correll says with a laugh. “But that’s OK. I love being able to teach students...
Hannah Cormey looks at a tree
July 25, 2017
For 18 years, more than 100 undergraduate students have received funding from the John T. O'Connor '78 Endowed Fund for Environmental Studies to participate in Clark University’s HERO (Human-Environment Regional Observatory) program. In HERO, students conduct research on local environmental issues, gaining skills and...
Courtney Thomas speaks at the podium at the alumni Reunion Dinner
May 24, 2017
Clark University President David Angel opened the May 19 Reunion Dinner noting that while returning alumni are often curious about what’s new at the University, it’s also important to recognize “the continuity of the mission and values of Clark.” Alumni gather in Tilton Hall for the annual Reunion Dinner. Speaking to...
Shelly Tenenbaum and Claude Kaitare in front of Norfolk prison
May 23, 2017
Every Wednesday this semester, Clark University Sociology Professor Shelly Tenenbaum needed to remember to leave cell phone, wallet, pen, hat and gloves behind before she went to work. She also could not wear a jacket with a hood. Her class could be postponed because of a lockdown, and a student’s absenteeism might be...
Tess Reichart standing on Main Street near Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts
May 16, 2017
Like most English majors, Tess Reichart ’17 has spent countless hours reading literature and theory, dissecting and discussing texts, and researching and writing papers. But at Clark University, Reichart also discovered the power of words to make change. Tess Reichart works with children at Fighting Words, a non-profit...
Prof. Laurie Ross ’91, M.A. ’95, with Dayanara Negron and her daughter, Jediah Russell, outside the Main South Community Development Corporation. Photo by Matt Healey
August 9, 2016
The professors and students in Clark’s Community Development and Planning (CDP) program learn from and work alongside members of the very community they want to transform. Their research not only pursues solutions to problems besetting urban neighborhoods, but also helps governments and nonprofits aspire to a more socially...
Millennial Train Project rail car
August 8, 2016
Vintage trains aren’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about social innovation and entrepreneurship. However, Clark University alumnus Harris Rollinger ’13, M.P.A. ’14, and the organizers of the Millennial Trains Project (MTP) would like to change that.
August 2, 2016
A low hum of chatter fills the dining room of the Worcester Senior Center as Anita Fábos describes the findings of Shared Worlds, a research project exploring the relationships between the city’s native-born and foreign-born residents.
Lelani Williams demonstrates her Sun Top Solar Cooker on a sunny day at Clark University in Worcester.
June 29, 2016
On a sunny day in Haiti, Lelani Williams, M.B.A./M.A. (CDP) '16, started crafting a recipe. She wanted to feed people devastated by natural disasters, but, more importantly, help them feed themselves more easily in the future. Her recipe didn’t use traditional ingredients. It consisted of equal parts hard work, inspiration...
Bernadette Arakwiye, Clark University, doing field work in Rwanda
June 28, 2016
Thanks to high-resolution satellite imagery provided by the DigitalGlobe Foundation, Clark doctoral student Bernadette Arakwiye can now see the forest AND the individual trees (plus trails and village buildings) in her approximately 860-square-mile study area in the Gishwati and Mukura forests of western Rwanda. The...
Jude Fernando overlooks a field in Haiti in 2016
June 28, 2016
Sitting on the edge of the bed of a pickup truck with a driver "maniacally navigating" the chaotic streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Associate Professor Jude Fernando is relaxed and smiling, with his hair and long beard blowing in the wind. He's explaining what connections the five Clark University graduate students...
CarrieAnn Cormier
June 17, 2016
CarrieAnne Cormier, a local, part-time student in Clark’s Graduate School of Management, pictured above, spoke to GSOM communication specialist Meredith Galena about her experience, what brought her to Clark’s M.B.A. program and how she’s already utilizing her newfound knowledge in her position as vice president of retail...
7 Continents, 1 Summer 2016 Logo
June 1, 2016
At the school’s 112th Commencement two Sundays ago, Clark University said farewell to more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students who took their diplomas and futures in their hands after years of hard work. We also said, “See you in the fall” to thousands more students who are still toiling away on their formal...
Ike McBride and Roberto Diaz speak at Laurie Ross' class at Clark University
May 18, 2016
Clark students meeting Worcester City Councilor Khrystian King (center) at the May 2 Youth Worker Training Institute (YWTI) graduation included, from left, Ayfer Hurmuzlu, Ariel Maiorano, Sherine Brown, Ambar Hajariya and Anthony Ortiz. Christian Wilson, far right, assists with the YWTI. Worcester City Councilor...
Clark students visit the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate in Boston
May 13, 2016
It’s hard to consider a controversial topic from a different political viewpoint, and it can be especially difficult in today’s polarized landscape. Enter Assistant Professor Heather Silber Mohamed’s Introduction to American Politics course, where students took on personas of legislators to do just that during a 2½-hour...
Lowell: The Boott Mill complex now converted to a museum.
May 10, 2016
Want to know how many manufacturing jobs there are in Springfield? Or how many high school students in New Bedford graduate with diplomas? Or how much of their incomes people in Lowell spend on rent? That information and a whole lot more is now available online thanks to research by the Mosakowski Institute for Public...
Samantha Arsenault, graduate student at Clark University
April 8, 2016
Just months after graduating from Clark, Samantha Arsenault ’15 found a way to put her economics degree to good use. She conducted research with Associate Professor Laurie Ross to examine a daunting community problem: whether boys who witness or are victims of crimes in childhood may later be drawn to violence, criminal...
Denise Hines of Clark University
April 1, 2016
Room 428 in the Massachusetts State House filled up quickly the morning of March 30 as legislators, educators, students and observers came to hear leading clinicians and researchers unpeel hard truths about the debilitating impact of drug use on a growing number of people, often the young.
Joel Simonson Clark University Student
February 19, 2016
Joel Simonson ’15, wasn’t sold on Clark right away. He liked it, but didn’t love it, when he first visited as a high school student. But as he saw the opportunities unfolding — the offer of a Traina Scholarship, the chance to do meaningful research in biology, a shot at playing on the varsity tennis team — Simonson grew...
Students in public health class standing in conference room
January 28, 2016
The Boston Globe reported this stark statistic last fall: Halfway through 2015, more than 4.5 times as many people in Massachusetts had died from opioid-related overdoses than from car crashes. By the end of the year, opioid-related deaths numbered over 1,200, nearly a 400 percent increase since 2000.
Arshad Kudrolli Physics
January 25, 2016
Dynamical jamming might sound like the latest music craze to hit Clark University, but it's actually cutting-edge technology that one day might enhance the fit of prosthetic limbs.
January 15, 2016
The Worcester Art Museum's current exhibition, "Cyanotypes: Photography's Blue Period," is a bit of unfolding history. It's the first major museum exhibition in the United States exclusively devoted to the 150-year legacy of this long-overlooked technique that gives photographs a distinct blue tint, turning even mundane...
November 24, 2015
The American Cancer Society launched the Great American Smokeout in 1977 as a way to encourage millions of Americans to put down their cigarettes, cigars and pipes for 24 hours in recognition of the dangers of their habit. Held on the third Thursday of each November, the event promotes the singular message: Quit. Now.
November 15, 2015
Samantha Lakin, a doctoral student at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, delivers a TEDxFulbright talk in Santa Monica (Sept. 26), relating her research experiences, which involved working with survivors of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda.

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