The First Annual Douglass Day
This past semester, the Douglass Global Village and the Douglass Discovery Faculty Fellows program held the first annual Douglass Day, an event at which students presented the projects they worked on through Douglass programs. The evening offered students the opportunity to share their work, showing the entire college community all that can be achieved through a Douglass education.
The Global Village Living-Learning Community offers a year-long experience in a themed “house.” Students take a credit-bearing course, conduct research on a topic related to the theme, and engage with the larger New Brunswick community through service learning. Each house spent the year working on unique projects that they presented at Douglass Day. The houses that presented included the Environmental Sustainability House, La Casa, the Gender and the Black Diaspora House, the Global Cuisine House, the Global Health & Medicine House, the Human Rights House, and the Art as Activism House.
The Douglass Discovery Faculty Fellows program is a new initiative at Douglass open to all students that brings cutting-edge professionals to campus to work directly with Douglass students on their projects and research. Fellows include innovators from a variety of fields, including the fine arts, social justice, medicine, academia, activism, and more. At Douglass Day, students presented creative works with Douglass Artist-in-Residence Kameelah Janan Rasheed, on art and exhibition curation with kyle b. co, STEAM topics with Innovator-in-Residence Nathalie Miebach, music and cognition with Dr. Kristen Wallentinsen, maternal health disparities with Dr. Pamela Brug DRC’84, and spatial justice with Drs. Anette Freytag and Julia Ritter.
Both the Global Village and the Douglass Discovery program foreground experiential learning and research, through which, students immerse themselves in hands-on projects. Not only do these experiences build resumes, they also encourage students to get involved in critical conversations occurring in the local and global world ranging from art as activism to human rights and environmentalism. See photos from the event below!