MA in Urban Studies Students: Art-making in Ecuadorian and Kenyan Communities

MA in Urban Studies Students: Art-making in Ecuadorian and Kenyan Communities

Last week, five students returned from art-making in two international communities.  Four of the five students spent their time in Bungoma, Kenya, and the other student spent her time in Quito, Ecuador.  Both groups went with the goal of using art to assess creativity in the community’s children and consider the efforts of local community groups and institutions as well as provide arts-based programming.  While short-term, both trips provided transformational experiences for the students, as they were introduced to a new context, and it is their hope that the communities were provided necessary tools and knowledge to further develop creativity in the children and integrate the arts in educational programming. Learn more about the team in Kenya by visiting...

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Youth Programs Provide a Turning Point for Youth

Can youth programs provide a turning point for young people?  While the argument has often been posed that afterschool programs and extracurricular provide positive avenues for youth to “avoid trouble,” it is important to note their impact upon children that have experience trauma, violence, or bullying.  Consider Nixlot Dameus who moved to the Olney section of Philadelphia from Port-De-Prince, Haiti in 2007.  When Dameus arrived, he quickly became the victim of bullying but remained silent.  Many children victim to trauma or violence will cope through silence, which can lead to negative emotional and behavioral manifestations.   For Dameus, “an ’Art and Craft of Poetry’ class at Delaware Valley Charter High School (DVCHS) [inspired] him to...

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MA in Urban Studies Alumni News!

Several of our Alumni had exciting news to share this month! Victor Gimenez is a graduate from the MA in Urban Studies with a concentration in Youth Development, class of 2009.  He has been appointed to serve as pastor at Union Memorial United Methodist Church in Darby, PA. Aleea Slappy is a graduate from the MA in Urban Studies with a concentration in Community Development, class of 2009.  She has served over five years with The Enterprise Center, most recently as the Director of Training and Education, but she has recently accepted a position at the DC Women’s Business Center. Rashana Miller is a graduate from the MA in Urban Studies with a concentration in Youth Development, class of 2013.  Rashana has been promoted from the position of Assistant...

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Why the MA in Urban Studies, Community Arts concentration?

Hannah Poon shares about her experience in the MA in Urban Studies with a concentration in Community Arts.  Are you ready to enter the realm of community art making?  Learn more and start an application at www.eastern.edu/urbanstudies.

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Reflections on the MA in Urban Studies by Ashleigh Bynum

This week I completed my first year of the MA in Urban Studies program at Eastern University. While I must admit this year has been challenging, I have enjoyed my learning experience so far. Making the decision to apply to graduate school was difficult for me. While I was looking forward to learning more about community development, I was not very excited about the work, especially writing papers, taking exams, and the idea of pulling all-nighters. However, as I finished my final months of Mission Year, I realized the Urban Studies program offered me an opportunity to make a difference in my community and lives of others. This motivated me to see beyond the school work, to the importance of having the necessary tools to make lasting and effective change. One of...

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Meet the Class of 2014

Meet the Class of 2014

Graduation time has arrived, and 19 students graduated on Saturday, May 10th, from the Master of Arts in Urban Studies program.  Hailing from across the North American Continent, the class of 2014 has brought a vast array of life experience, contributing to the rich program experience found while pursuing this degree.  The research interests of this class range from serving foster care youth, to equal food access, to assessment practices, to the criminal and juvenile justice system, to immigration reform, to urban and suburban farming.  Despite their diversity of experience and interest, these students have been bonded by a common desire to bring transformation to communities, to specifically empower the most vulnerable.  On May 7th, the graduates presented...

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