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Previous Rice Fellows

2015-2016 

"Building and Sustaining Deliberative Communities: Proposed Collaboration Between the Duquesne Debating Society and ExperiLearn Works, Inc."

Community Partner: Benjamin Walker, ExperiLearn Works, Inc. 
Duquesne Faculty Member: John J. Rief, Communication & Rhetorical Studies

Project: "The creation of a high-school public debate program based on the premise that skills in civic deliberation and dialogue may promote student empowerment and enhance the prospects for social justice in underserved communities.... The primary goal of this project is to establish a sustained partnership between Duquesne University and ExperiLearn Works, Inc. with the purpose of promoting debate education for underserved youth in Pittsburgh's urban core.... We believe that debate education fostered by this partnership may fashion what Martin Buber would call a "narrow ridge" that connects community members often relegated to the margins to resources and partnerships that enhance the prospects for dialogue and empowerment."

"A Community of 'Well-Women, Well-Babies: Creating a Vocational Pipeline for African-American Girls"

Community Partner: Celeta R. Hickman, Ujamaa Collective
Duquesne Faculty Members: Jessica Devido, Nursing and Cathleen J. Appelt, Sociology

Project: "To conduct the preliminary research necessary for Ms. Hickman and the Hill District Education Council to complete an important and timely proposal within the Pittsburgh Public Schools. They are proposing a vocational program for high school girls at Milliones University Preparatory School in the Hill District that would prepare students from the community for maternal-child health-related careers. Their proposed program, "Well Women, Well Babies" addresses many needs within the Hill District Community. In addition to addressing the educational and vocational needs of African-American girls, the proposed program further addresses the community's need for improved maternal-child outcomes by creating more local, community-based health care professionals."