Bridging Campus and Local Communities
During 2019-2020, the Bridging Communities working group focused their efforts on amplifying local efforts in Poughkeepsie and activating networks of connection and collaboration across campus and beyond. This included creating a resource map of community engagement and sharing interactive experiences with Poughkeepsie Middle School students and families in a new, weekly collaboration with the local school district. The 2nd annual “Connecting Our Communities” event, which provided local high schoolers the opportunity to explore college opportunities not only at Vassar but at neighboring Hudson Valley institutions, was cancelled due to COVID-19, but is expected to return in Spring 2021.
Bridging Campus and Local Communities works to invigorate our critical understanding of and practice community partnership by reimagining our involvement with local and diverse communities in the area as bidirectional, open, and integral to our liberal arts curriculum and to our development as critical global citizens.
We will re-think our roles within the communities that sustain us. We will work toward transformation of our college community by building inclusive models of thinking and being. We will see our diversity as a resource and structure-in equitable ways to share our educational wealth.
Through conscious educational and extra-curricular programming, collaboration with on and off-campus offices, entities, students, employees and residents, we will fortify our existing programs and build new ones that enable us to engage with communities as knowledge producers and partners in this process toward more empathetic and fully-realized individuals who stand against all forms of oppression.
- Lisa Kaul, ChairDirector of the Office of Community Engaged Learning
- John BradleyExecutive Director, Vassar College Urban Education Initiative
- Teresa QuinnAssociate Dean of the College for Campus Activities
- Jean RossAssistant Director of User Services, Computer and Information Services
- Debbie Swartz Associate Director of Social Media, Communications
- Katherine HiteProfessor of Political Science on the F. Thompson Chair and Director of Research Development
- Camille Donald '22Student
- Clarke Hallum '21Student
- Natalie Habaybeh '22Student
- Maya Sterling '20Student
- Jennifer RubboDirector of the Environmental Cooperative
- Saredo Ali '22Student
- Ayo Opuiyo '22Student
- Stacy BinghamDirector of the Career Development Office
- Margaret VetareCurator of Public Education, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
- Yousra KhanOffice Specialist, Office of International Students and Scholars
- Tracy Wright-MauerLibrary Specialist
- Ezra WeissmanAdministrative Fellow, Office of the President
- Arham Choudhury '22Student