CBL Celebrates 10 Years March 30

Posted: March 21, 2007

Updated: CBL Marks Tenth Anniversary

Mount Holyoke's Community-Based Learning (CBL) Program is celebrating its tenth year by hosting a conference Friday, March 30. The events will get underway at 9:30 am in the New York Room of Mary Woolley Hall with greetings from President Joanne V. Creighton, community partner Carlos Vega, and Preston H. Smith II, associate professor and chair of politics and associate director of the Weissman Center for CBL.

Martha Ackmann, senior lecturer in gender studies and one of the founders of the CBL program, said, "Of course everyone values the CBL program for encouraging our students to participate in 'purposeful engagement with the world,' but I think there's another important benefit of CBL. Community-based learning fosters creative thinking. It requires students to imagine solutions, try out new ideas, and sometimes fail. We talk a lot at Mount Holyoke about the value of critical thinking--and well we should. But CBL, like the performing and creative arts, pushes students into the world of their imaginations and that's a place of impassioned learning."

A morning panel, "Lifelong Learning: Bridging Education and Careers," will feature CBL alumnae. After lunch, a panel titled "College-Community Partnerships: Environmental Action and Urban Planning" will feature MHC faculty, students, and community partners.

Capping off the day's events will be a keynote address, "Community Partnerships in the Afro-Latino Diaspora: Holyoke, Puerto Rico, and Beyond," by Agustin Lao-Montes, assistant professor at UMass-Amherst in the department of sociology and the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies.

A dinner for program participants will be held at El Mercado, 413 Main Street in Holyoke.

The program is made possible in part by the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts, the Office of the President, the Office of the Dean of the College, and the Office of the Dean of Faculty.

The program is free and open to the public. However, seats are limited and participants are requested to preregister online.