JHU SOURCE Alumni & Friends Newsletter
As the 2019-2020 academic year kicks off, we are excited to share some updates on SOURCE's recent activities, and highlight the inspiring community work currently being done by our students, faculty, staff, community partners and alumni. Remember to share your up-to-date contact information, and to keep in touch with SOURCE!
Thanks for your ongoing support and commitment to Baltimore, community engagement, service-learning, and social justice.
Johns Hopkins Office of the Provost's DELTA Initiative, short for Digital Education and Learning Technology Acceleration, provides funding for projects which seek to improve teaching and learning in JHU's classrooms and online courses through the use of technology. SOURCE teamed up with other faculty across campus to develop two winning proposals that aim to, through distance learning and by creating new digital tools, advance both service-learning and social justice pedagogies at Hopkins.
We are excited to announce our eighth cohort of SOURCE Service-Learning Faculty and Community Fellows. These competitively selected faculty and community partners are being trained in the service-learning pedagogy and social justice.
This past April, SOURCE hosted the annual Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Luncheon, where we presented our SOURCE Community Service Awards to recognize the outstanding work of a few specific individuals and student groups in 2018-2019.
Lindsey Leslie, who earned her MSPH from the Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2015 and was a SOURCE Service Scholar during her time as a student at Hopkins, shares some updates on her current work and reflects on her experience engaging the Baltimore community through SOURCE.
While completing her MSPH at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Alexis Campbell has found a balance between her academics and volunteering with students at Commodore John Rogers Elementary and Middle School.
SOURCE Collaborates With Other Hopkins Faculty for 2 DELTA Grants
Johns Hopkins Office of the Provost's DELTA Initiative, short for Digital Education and Learning Technology Acceleration, provides funding for projects which seek to improve teaching and learning in JHU's classrooms and online courses through the use of technology. SOURCE teamed up with other faculty across campus to develop two winning proposals that aim to, through distance learning and by creating new digital tools, advance both service-learning and social justice pedagogies at Hopkins. Read more below for details on the two projects.
"Building a Global-Local Connection: Developing a Framework for Online Service Learning"
Principal investigators: Mindi Levin (SOURCE Founder & Director), R. Tyler Derreth (SOURCE Associate Director), and Gundula Bosch (Senior Scientist and Program Director, R³ Center for Innovation and Science Education)
A team of faculty from SOURCE, the Center for Teaching and Learning and the R3 Graduate Science Initiative will be exploring ways to integrate service-learning into online classes and developing a pilot course for the Bloomberg School of Public Health in the “Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning” series of the R3 program. Filling a void where currently, in the words of the principal investigators' abstract, "no widely accepted or effective online service-learning pedagogy" exists, this project has the potential to blaze a new trail in digital service-learning while connecting JHSPH students with community-based organizations to conduct vital program evaluation work identified by the CBOs themselves.
"Justice Pedagogy and Anti-Oppressive Frameworks for Teaching and Learning: Facilitating Faculty Practices to Promote Anti-Oppression and Justice in Public Health"
Principal investigators: Keilah A. Jacques (SOURCE Assistant Director for Academic Service-Learning) and Graham Mooney (Associate Professor, School of Medicine)
SOURCE Assistant Director Keilah Jacques will collaborate with Graham Mooney from the School of Medicine, who also holds a joint appointment with the Bloomberg School of Public Health, on building, in their words, a "technology-oriented teaching framework to facilitate a social justice pedagogy approach." The teaching resources developed in this project specifically focus on health inequity by examining Baltimore's hyper-segregation in order to "understand how systematic oppression impacts health equity."
More information on each of these projects, including proposal abstracts, and all the DELTA Grant recipients is available on the JHU Provost's website at https://provost.jhu.edu/about/digital-initiatives/delta/2019-delta-awards/. You can also read more on The HUB at: https://hub.jhu.edu/at-work/2019/07/15/seven-teams-awarded-delta-grants/.
Welcome Our Newest Community Partners!
SOURCE's Governing Board recently voted for Family Recovery Program, From Prison Cells to PhD, Inc., and Southeast Community Development Corporation to become our newest community partners. Students, faculty and staff in the three JHU health professional schools will now have more opportunities to help make an impact by serving in the areas of community development, family and adolescent health, and higher education for returning citizens. Learn more about SOURCE’s newest partners below!
The Family Recovery Program provides intensive substance abuse supportive services and helps the Baltimore City Department of Social Services make good decisions about reuniting parents and children. FRP also equips families with strategies to keep the household drug and alcohol free, and ultimately the organization's goal is to reduce the time a child stays in foster care due to a parent's substance abuse. Read more here about FRP and how to get involved with the organization.
From Prison Cells to PhD, Inc. helps people with criminal convictions obtain higher education. The program provides educational counseling and mentoring to justice-involved individuals by addressing four main areas of focus: college Readiness and career development (CRCD); leadership skills (LS); admissions and financial aid counseling (AFA); and SAT/ACT/GRE Preparation. Read more here about P2P and how to get involved with the organization.
Southeast Community Development Corporation is dedicated to growing and supporting a thriving, socioeconomically and racially diverse Southeast Baltimore where residents share in the success and improvement of their communities. SECDC stimulates private and public investment in communities; supports neighborhood residents in community projects that improve their quality of life; and attracts new residents to homeownership. Read more here about SECDC and how to get involved with the organization.
Announcing Our 2019-2020 Faculty & Community Fellows
Our SOURCE Service-Learning Faculty & Community Fellows Program is a comprehensive, cohort-based program focused on training JHU health professional schools faculty and Baltimore community leaders in service-learning pedagogy for a one-year term. Faculty Fellows are supported in the integration of service-learning into new or existing courses, and Community Fellows work with SOURCE to enhance the Center’s support of community partners and preceptors.
We are thrilled to welcome our eighth cohort of Faculty and Community Fellows, including:
- Maritza Alcoreza-Dominguez, MSW - Director, Living Classrooms Park House
- Mariana Izraelson - Executive Director, Shepherd's Clinic
- Renee Johnson, PhD, MPH - Associate Professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dept. of Mental Health
- Catherine Ling, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP - Faculty Associate and FNP Track Coordinator, JHU School of Nursing
- Laura Lucas, DNP, APRN-CNS, RNC-OB, C-EFM - Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator of the MSN Program, JHU School of Nursing
- Alyssa Moran, ScD, MPH, RD - Assistant Professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dept. of Health Policy and Management
- Lauren Parker, PhD, MPH - Assistant Scientist, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dept. of Health, Behavior and Society
- Matt Skarzynski - Program Director, Baltimore SquashWise
- Erin Wright, FACNM, DNP, MS, APHN-BC - Assistant Professor, JHU School of Nursing
For additional information, visit: SOURCE.jhu.edu/Fellows
Congratulations to the 2019 SOURCE Community Service Award Winners!
In April 2019, SOURCE hosted our annual Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Luncheon to honor students, faculty, and community members who demonstrated incredible commitments to community efforts during the 2018-2019 academic year.
As we celebrated our many volunteers, we were also able to recognize the outstanding work of a few specific individuals and groups through our SOURCE Community Service Awards.
Petal Elder, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Kath Barbour, School of Nursing
Kori Porosnicu, School of Medicine
Dr. Terrinieka Powell, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Excellence in Service-Learning
Student Group Awards
Anna Baetjer Society, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Nursing Students for Harm Reduction, School of Nursing
Johns Hopkins Biomedical Scholars, School of Medicine
Alumni Award for Service
Matt Miyamoto, School of Medicine
Megan Barrett, School of Nursing
Thank you to everyone who was a part of SOURCE activities and served our community in 2018-2019!
Alumni Voices: Lindsey Leslie, MSPH
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2015
Degree: MSPH in Health Education and Health Communication
Certificates in Community-Based Public Health and Humanitarian Assistance
What SOURCE activities or other service/community-based activities were you involved with while a student at JHU?
As a SOURCE Service Scholar, I worked closely with ERICA, a small community-based organization that provides case management for refugees and immigrants in Baltimore City. I spent the first year of my Masters coordinating health-related workshops for refugees. At that point in time, having just returned from more than two years in Central America, I also assisted with translation for Spanish-speaking clients (seeking asylum, inquiring about YES services, etc). In particular, I remember helping one immigrant reunite with his family after a traumatic attack that almost ended his life.
What have you been up to since graduation, and what are you doing currently?
Since graduation, I've been working with the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP). CCP works to improve health outcomes through strategic communication (which was a perfect fit for me given my studies and professional experiences). As a Program Officer II, I provide technical support for several large-scale health projects based in Africa and Asia. My current projects are based in Nigeria, Ethiopia and the Philippines. Each project includes several health topics ranging from reproductive health to maternal and child health to nutrition to zoonotic diseases. I have the good fortune to wake up every day and connect with incredible communities across the globe in order to help make the world a healthier place.
I am currently in the Philippines conducting fieldwork to better understand the drivers of teenage pregnancy. Our project is focused on improving reproductive health for all Filipinos. Part of that work is ensuring that adolescents (10-19 years) have the time, space, resources, and support to physically, emotionally and psychologically develop before becoming parents.
What lessons did you take away from your time with SOURCE, and how did those lessons help you get where you are today?
From my experiences as a SOURCE Service Scholar, I became well-versed in the discipline of service-learning. By "giving back", I am really participating in an invaluable exchange of information, values, perspectives and resources. This is a continuous process that requires trust, respect, empathy and patience - a little humor helps too! I still draw upon these principles in my personal and professional life.
Because of my previous experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer, I naively thought that by simply being in the same country (USA) and speaking the same language (English) I would have an "in" to communities. However, I quickly learned there are always bridges to build. Over the course of the year, it also became clear that with patience there are few barriers that are insurmountable.
SOURCE also renewed my appreciation for reflection. I now spend more time reflecting upon my experiences and allowing myself to process all the moments that give me pause. As a result, I end up with additional opportunities to appreciate what I have, what I’ve seen, how I’ve grown and where I’m headed.
Student Spotlight: Alexis Campbell
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2nd Year
What do you do as your community engagement activity? How did you begin to work with your community-based organization (CBO)?
I volunteer at Commodore John Rodgers Elementary & Middle School. I started off volunteering through SOURCE as a reading buddy—which involves being paired with a student that reads below grade level and then helping them improve their reading skills. I am also still volunteering as an extension of a course practicum component that was designed for MPH students— for this practicum, I worked with gifted and advance learning (GAL) students that were in grades 4, 5, and 7. This experience never felt like work because the projects I help students with are a lot of fun. I worked with two fourth-grade students to conduct science experiments and then helped with their science night project—they presented an erosion table demonstration in front of parents, teachers, and peers. The fifth-grade student I worked with completed a podcast for NPR’s podcast challenge, and this ended up being a learning experience for both of us because neither of us had made a podcast before. The seventh-grade student I work with is still working on her project, which is to place a tiny library in Patterson Park. We are hoping to have it set up soon, so if you are ever by the Patterson Park playground, be on the lookout for a new tiny library! She hopes to stock it with books for all ages.
How do you find time for service in your busy schedule? How much time do you spend on service per week/month?
For me, it took some time to adjust to the 8-week term schedule that we have at JHSPH and that is why I didn’t start volunteering until October. Volunteering at Commodore was a great experience because the hour(s) you can put in are very flexible, and that flexibility aligns nicely with our busy graduate-school lifestyles. When I only do reading buddies, it takes 30 minutes each week—so I definitely recommend it, or any of the other of the Commodore programs (e.g., healthy minds math or the newcomer student support team) because they have small time commitments but still allow you to connect with young people and gives you a glimpse into the life of Baltimore city public schools. At the height of my practicum or when students needed more work on their projects, I probably spent a maximum of 8 hours a week at Commodore. Most of these hours were spent during early mornings, but I did spend a few afternoons and one evening there!
How does your service shape your development as a health care professional? What do you enjoy about or gain through community service?
Serving your community allows you to develop cultural humility and exposes you to things that you may not otherwise notice. I think it is nice to be able to say to people “I’m a student at Johns Hopkins, but I also volunteer at a local school.” This has helped me have many enjoyable conversations with community members in other non-Hopkins settings around Baltimore. As health professionals, I think we should all strive to immerse ourselves in different settings and see how people in those settings work and live. A lot of people do international field placements, or mission trips, or global vacations for this, but we can do the same thing domestically through community service opportunities.
What advice do you have for prospective students who are interested in community service? What would you say to someone who is unsure of the impact their service would have on a community?
Go to information sessions! That is how I found out about reading buddies. Also, read your emails. That is how I found out about the MPH practicum component I did at Commodore. Even though I wasn’t an MPH student, I was still able to participate in that opportunity, so if you are interested but unsure about being able to contribute—reach out to someone. At the beginning of the school year there are a lot of information sessions and fairs that showcase the different community organizations Hopkins partners with; there are a lot so there is probably one that captures what you are interested in. If you’re uncertain if your contribution will make an impact, listen up! From October 2018 up until last week I worked with a first-grade student for only 30 minutes a week. She improved 6 guided-reading levels (moved from letter A to letter G) while I was working with her and is now passionately reading on her grade level. On my last session with her she told me that her favorite part of school was when I worked on reading with her (and her second favorite part of school was lunch)—when you come before lunch on the favorite scale, you know you are making an impact on a student’s life! Additionally, if you are uncertain about weekly commitments, SOURCE has a lot of one-time commitments that pop up.
Any final comments or plus to promote volunteerism?
If you are interested in, or even think you may be interested in working with children for any part of your career—I recommend partnering with a CBO or school! My experience at Commodore has solidified my career path of working with children, and it also helped give real-life experience to some of the coursework that I completed last year.