Public Loan Forgiveness- Do you Qualify?

Over the years, I have educated many individuals on Perkins loans cancellation for direct care workers in low income communities. This cancellation program is not well publicized, and student loan servicers are definitely not informing consumers. After talking with an alum of the MA in Urban Studies program last week, I began to wonder if there are more cancellation opportunities available. I have some good news- the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Under PSLF, a number of federal direct service loans are eligible for forgiveness for those working in the non-profit sector. The goal of PSFL is to “strike a balance between the cost of education and the post-graduation salary offered by many public sector employers” (Farrington,...

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Eastern Alum Featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Hour

Eastern Alum Featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Hour

Bryan Stevenson is a 1981 alumnus of Eastern University, and since graduation, he has done incredible work to advocate for the incarcerated. He is Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and has successfully argued against the mandatory life sentencing of two youth to the Supreme Court. He has been honored many times over for his work, and he has written Just Mercy. Last night he was featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. If you are interested in joining those who work against mass incarceration and influence the juvenile justice system, take a look at Eastern University’s MA in Urban Studies and the Center for Urban Youth...

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Alum Spotlight: Matthew Cummings

Matthew Cummings is a 2014 graduate of the MA in Urban Studies program with a concentration in Community Development. Currently he serves as the Assistant Director of Spirituality, Service and Social Justice at DePauw University and works closely with the Bonner Scholars program. For his commitment to the Bonner Network and its core values, Matthew has been named a National Bonner Fellow.   “My graduate work at Eastern has diligently payed off in my professional career in Higher Education working the field of Civic Engagement. I have presented at over six national conferences on leadership models that I developed for college students derived from my time studying at Eastern. This model of leadership is slowly being shared on the national platform and...

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Urban Studies Alum Spotlight: Matthew Wan

Matt Wan is a 2013 graduate of the MA in Urban Studies program with a concentration in Community Development.  Matt recently received a promotion at the Yonge Street Mission in Toronto, Ontario, and in his new position of Job Developer, he connects with employers to set up training placements for youth. The placements provide financial incentives to employers, who in turn train and mentor the youth – all while providing income and work experience. Hear more about the work of the Yonge Street Mission and Matt’s work around the 21 minute mark of this video. “Every day, I rely heavily upon the skills and knowledge I acquired during graduate studies at Eastern University. My current career places me in the front-line, serving at-risk,...

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Urban Studies Alum Spotlight: Dustin Tommey

Dustin Tommey is a 2011 graduate of the MA in Urban Studies program with a concentration in Community Development. Currently he serves as the Executive Director of Impact Cleveland, an organization dedicated to community revitalization in Cleveland, TN. Impact Cleveland’s Housing Revitalization programming recently received a boost in funding through a grant from TVA’s Extreme Energy Makeovers. Hear more about Impact Cleveland from Dustin at this link. “What I appreciated most about Eastern University’s MA in Urban Studies was its flexibility in the pace, course selection, and areas of concentration. I also appreciated the diversity of the student population- people from all over the world with uniquely different backgrounds and a...

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Eastern University Graduate School Open House

Eastern University Graduate School Open House

We invite you to learn more about Eastern University’s graduate degree programs. With a diverse faculty and student body working together in small classes, you will have many opportunities to engage, question, and discover how to use your strengths to make a difference in the world around you. Attend the Open House to hear a dynamic session on Giftedness: Identifying and Practically Applying God-Given Talents and receive a free Gallup Strengths-Finder Assessment from Eastern University. Saturday October 24, 2015 10:00 – 11:30am St. Davids Campus, McInnis Hall 1300 Eagle Rd. St. Davids, PA Register...

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Philadelphia to Host National Community Arts Education Conference

Philadelphia to Host National Community Arts Education Conference

This year Philadelphia will the National Guild for Community Arts’ Conference for Community Arts Education. Bringing together community arts education leaders from around the country, this annual conference explores “innovative ideas and practical strategies for growing community art programs, securing financial support, and increasing impact and participation.” Workshops will discuss topics such as storytelling for change, mobilizing parents and families as advocates, recruiting talented staff, and responding to social injustice through the arts. Along with plenary sessions and workshops, site visits will be available to organizations such as The Clay Studio, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Koresh Kids Dance, and Village of Arts and...

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