International Development, Community and Environment Articles & Blogs

Hasnaa Mokhtar in the Goddard Library at Clark University
August 4, 2016
I pushed my seven-month-old son, Malik, in his stroller with one hand while trying to fix my hijab (head covering) with the other. I was at the supermarket on a late Wednesday afternoon buying groceries. I couldn’t help but notice an older man fixated on me. He is staring at my headscarf. It feels heavy on my head. I wish...
Christopher Owens, professor Jude Fernando and the rest of the class visit Haiti
August 3, 2016
Since arriving at Clark University last fall to study international development and social change, Christopher Owens, M.A. '17, has traveled to conduct research about refugees in two countries: Haiti and Jordan. Read more about Christopher Owens' trip to Haiti with Associate Professor Jude Fernando, pictured here in a...
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.
Aviv Hilbig-Bokaer looks across train tracks at Novosibirsk, Russia
July 14, 2016
When last we left Aviv Hilbig-Bokaer, dear reader, he was preparing to walk in the footsteps of famous Russian authors during a 17-day journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Since then, he’s taken blog readers to visit Russian literature’s important sites and experienced the country’s culture and complexities through the...
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...
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...
June 7, 2016
Dear reader, Aviv Hilbig-Bokaer is inviting you on a 7,000-mile, six-book literary journey across Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway. This story is part of our 7 Continents, 1 Summer series, which highlights the interesting work that Clark students, faculty, alumni and staff are doing all over the world. Have a great...
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...
Ellen Foley in Senegal
February 25, 2016
A medical anthropologist and interim director of Clark’s International Development, Community, and Environment Department program, Ellen Foley has been collaborating with a multinational research group to gather baseline epidemiological data on changing health patterns in the urban areas of Saint-Louis, Senegal, and Bobo...
February 22, 2016
Clark University is number 23 on the Peace Corps' 2016 rankings of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities. Clark is ranked on the list of small colleges and universities, with 8 alumni currently volunteering worldwide. Since 1961, 255 Clark alumni have served in the Peace Corps; this is the second straight...
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.
July 27, 2015
Clark's strong ties, student/faculty leadership, humanitarian aid expertise combine for lasting, meaningful support Members of the Clark University community gathered at the campus square for a candlelight vigil, songs and shared thoughts and planning as news unfolded about a massive earthquake in Nepal.   Months have...
April 21, 2015
On April 8, Clark University graduate students came together to celebrate and showcase the work of 65 of their peers across ten of the University’s graduate departments and divisions. An annual event, the Graduate Student Multidisciplinary Conference (MDC) includes oral presentations as well as a poster session. Open to...
Changing the world, one student at a time - Clark University
March 3, 2011
The year was 1967 and Richard Ford was doing what he loved best: studying the vibrant cultures, social rhythms and political nuances of Africa. As visiting professor at the University of Natal, he'd traveled to South Africa with his wife Nancy to continue his research when he received an unexpected letter in the mail. It...
May 11, 2015
The 2015 Marsh-Mosakowski NOAA Fellows were introduced at Clark University and also welcomed by some past NOAA Fellows, on April 28.
November 25, 2014
Clark graduate students Deviyani Dixit, Deviprasad Adhikari, Caitlin Alcorn, and Federico Sotomayor, along with Jude Fernando, associate professor of International Development and Social Change, recapped their Haiti fieldwork, at an October dinner and presentation held in the National Grid Sustainability Hub on Main...
January 12, 2012
Students enrolled in The Sustainable University course pause for a photo with Jenny Isler, Clark Campus Sustainability Coordinator (front row, second from left), and IDCE Prof. Jennie Stephens (third from left). Rain gardens, e-transcripts, faculty transportation — even making the most of a severe October blizzard — were...

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