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Issue # 53 


August 30, 2013 

RCC Welcomes Dr. Roberson 

Dr. Valerie Roberson became RCCs 15th president on July 22"^. She comes to us after 
having served for twenty-eight years as a community college administrator. As 
president of Olive-Harvey College in Chicago, Dr. Roberson was instrumental in 
increasing workforce development opportunities and student employment. She also 
worked to create academic programs that prepared students to meet and exceed 
industry requirements. 

Dr. Roberson holds a bachelor of science in psychology, a master's degree in adult 
education, and a doctorate in higher education administration. 

We extend a warm welcome to Dr. Roberson. RCC is happy to have her with us. 

Mark Your 

September 3: All College Convocation and 

Faculty Institute 
September 4: Classes start 
September 12: Developing Intercultural 

Communication Skills (1:30pm, 3-424) 
September 21: Homecoming {10-5pm) 
October 7: The State of Community 

Colleges in an Urban Setting (panel) - 
Dr. Thomas Bailey 
October 11: 40th Gala (7-llpm, Reggie) 
October 22: Community Career Fair (12- 
4pm, 4-200) 

One Book, One Campus 

The selection for the 2013-2014 academic 
year is The New Jim Crow: Mass 
Incarceration in t lie Age of Colorblindness 
by Michelle Alexander. In this book, 
Alexander traces the history of 19**^ 
century Jim Crow and links that 
segregationist system to the 21^* century 
system of mass incarceration of people of 
color. The book debunks the myth that we 
live in a colorblind society and alerts us to 
the fact that we are witnessing, as 
Alexander puts it, "a human rights nightmare. 

All College Experience classes will read the book this fall. We invite 
other disciplines, such as Criminal Justice, Sociology, Psychology, 
English, and History to join in reading the book in the spring (or 
this fall, if you wish). Academic Affairs will have copies available for 
faculty who use the book. Students can purchase the book from 
our bookstore for $25. 

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Original Art at RCC 

Below are a few of the 26 pictures that are new this year. 
IVIost of the new ones are in the hallways of Academic 
Building, floors 3 and 4, Student Center, floors 1 and 3, and 
Administration, floors 2 and 3. 

In 2005, the college had 7 pieces of original art on 
permanent display. Because of donations through The Art 
Connections and other sources, the college now has about 
110 pieces in all five buildings. These are also displayed 
online at the library website,, click on 
Original Art at Roxbury Community College. 

Hingham Marsh, (1988) by Leslie Miller. Oil, 16"x20" 
Academic Building, 3"^^ floor 

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Orange Montage, (2009) by Mark Peterson. Photograph, 25"x35". 
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Seeing Double, (2005) by Susan Collings. Photograph, 15"xl8" 
Academic Building, 4*'' floor 


A donor, who grew up in Roxbury, has given the 
College a gift of a one-year institutional 
membership to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. 
That means that any of us with an RCC ID- 
students, faculty and staff— can visit the MFA 
free of charge. 

Storyteller, (1990) by Laura Evans. Mixed Media on paper, 45"x32. 
student Center, 1'* floor 

Read the entire Art Connection article: 


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RCC Student6 at the MIT Summer Research Program 

Two RCC students took part in the MIT 
Sunnnner Research Progrann (MSRP) this 
sunnnner. Florice Luc and Venisa Dodi 
were involved in original field research 
on Boston election cannpaign issues, 
working with Ofer Lerner and Dr. Ceasar 
McDowell of MIT Departnnent of Urban 
Studies and Planning. They conducted 
extensive field interviews in order to 
collect data on citizens' chief policy 
concerns and also citizens' awareness 
and engagennent in these issues. 

Florice focused on the issues of Housing and Imnnigration, and 
Venisa focused on Mental Health and Innmigration: all issues that 
were identified by the interviewees as of key innportance. As per 
Florice's abstract: 

"One of the nnain problems with US dennocracy is that the 
public doesn't see it as their prinnary business. Although nnany 
organizations focus on public engagennent, it's usually around 
issues that have already been defined. ...Most organizing 
efforts select and define a small group to represent a large 
variety of interests, demographics, and positions. New 
approaches are needed to help members of the public learn 
from one another, amplify their collective voice, and define 

the political agenda The data found provided leverage for 

the upcoming Mayoral candidates to pinpoint and address 
what the people's issues are." 

The MSRP is a highly selective and prestigious summer residency 

Florice Luc and Venisa Dodi witti Prof Foote at ttie 

concluding Poster Session and Luncheon at MIT for 

the MIT Summer Research Program. 

program at MIT, drawing 
undergraduates from all over the US, 
in which they live on campus at MIT 
and conduct original research with 
MIT professors, while being paid a 
generous stipend. The Program seeks 
to promote the value of graduate 
education; to improve the research 
enterprise through increased 

diversity; and to prepare and recruit 
the best and brightest for graduate 
education at MIT. 

Student in 
the Globe 

On June 16th, the Sunday Boston Globe featured an 
article about Shabrinna McCalpine called, ''From 
Struggling Young Mother to the Top of her Class/' The 
article was about a young woman who had a child at 14 
and had many difficulties but made it and now just 
finished High School at the top of her class and will start 
college in September. 

The article didn't mention that Shabrinna McCalpine 
already started college. Shabrinna was a dual 
enrollment student in an RCC Pre-Calculus class this 
spring. She was a good student and worked hard. 
Shabrinna benefited from RCC's Dual Enrollment 
program giving her an opportunity to take a free college 
course with free books. 

Click nere to read the entire article 

MSRP began in 1986 as an institutional effort to address the 
issue of underrepresentation of African Americans, Mexican 
Americans, Native Americans, and Puerto Ricans in engineering 
and science in the United States. Today, this program seeks to 
identify talented sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating 
seniors who might benefit from spending a summer on MIT's 
campus, working in a research laboratory under the guidance of 
experienced scientists and engineers who are MIT faculty 
members, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate 
students. Students who participate in this program will be better 
prepared and motivated to pursue advanced degrees, thereby 
helping to sustain a rich talent pool in critical areas of research 
and innovation, ( ) 

Our students' participation in this summer program is a highlight 
of the collaboration between RCC and the MIT/SPURS Humphrey 
program at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, 
sponsored by the US State Department. The SPURS program 
brings mid-career professionally from developing countries to 
study Urban Planning at MIT. We have now completed our third 
year of this collaboration, spearheaded by RCC Dean Jose Alicea 
and MIT SPURS Director Bish Sanyal, This collaboration has 
created a close relationship between MIT DUSP and RCC, both 
institutionally and personally. It has been very enriching both to 
RCC students as well as to the Humphrey Fellows. Each year the 
program has steadily expanded in scope, and we trust that it will 
continue on this course. 

Activities have included seminars at MIT and RCC, as well as 
guest lectures by Humphrey Fellows in Professor Latif's 
Economics classes and Professor Foote's Political Science classes. 
The Fellows have enjoyed these lectures quite as much as our 
students did. One goal of the Humphrey SPURS program is to 
offer exposure for the International Fellows to the US, and this 
collaboration expands their horizons well past Cambridge, which 
they greatly appreciate. (Click here for Dean Alicea's piece in the 
recent SPURS Journal) 

This is an exciting collaboration both for MIT and RCC, offering 
wonderful opportunities for both students. Fellows and Faculty 
from both institutions. 

Florice and Venisa had remarkable experiences this summer, 
both in doing their research with excellent MIT mentors, and ~ 
perhaps even more important ~ in making relationships that 
they will carry through their lives. Both of them said that it was 
an incredible challenge for them, but that it was also something 

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Visit to RCC 

On June 15th, the President of the United States 
visited RCC to participate in a rally for Ed Markey. 






Academic Polytech 

Pathway — Roxbury 


In June, Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Tom Menino 
held a press conference at RCC to announce a new 
initiative between RCC and Madison Park Vocational and 
Technical High School. 

Dr. Matthew Malone Secretary of Education will join us 
on September 3rd to bring us up to date on RoxMAPP. 

RoxMAPP Fact Sheet: 









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that they had never imagined possible and that they will never 
forget. They did wonderful work on and learned a great deal. 
Florice hopes to continue with her project at MIT through the 
conning year. 

Venisa will be at UMASS this Fall, and Florice will be back at RCC. 
We plan to have thenn present their research this Fall in an 

event at RCC, helping to recruit another cohort of RCC students 
into this progrann. We look forward to having even nnore RCC 
students get involved in the senninars, luncheons, lectures and 
other events that will begin again this Fall, as well as the 
possibility of future paid internships at MIT. This is only one 
exannple of the enriched progranns that are offered at RCC for 
highly nnotivated students, for which we need to increase 
awareness at RCC and in the public at large. 



Expert on Intercultural Communication to speak at RCC 




Boas-vindas Dwafeiifu 

CJ-;^ WKaribu 

Bienvenida Accueil 


Peter Gardner is a professor 
ip the Libenl Arts Department 
at &Erklee College of ^uslc, 
Wtiere Jie teaches courses in 
intercullLiral comnrunif ation, 
world literature, and litm, ^nd 
directs the English as a Second 
Language Program. He has 
lectured and held worlcshops 
for students and teachers in 
intercultural commiunication 
and Eng lish for speakers of 
other languages throughout 
the Unated States, Europe, 
and Asia, Professor Gardner is 
the author of N&w f>pnBrt*CNis: 
Readrngf Writing, and Cndc^ 
Jhinidng, a popular texttiooic 
used in over 20 countries. His 
special areas of interest are 
cultural differences in vertial 
and nonverbal communicatjon 
styles, as well as educational 
theoiy and practke. 


Peter Gardner 


SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 
1:30 -2:45 PM 

Faculty LouiigCj Academic Building (3)* Room 424 

Join us for a lively workshop on: 

• Cultural differences in verbal communication styl^ 

• Intercultural Education 
■ Cultiue Shock 

' Cultural Adjustment 






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BSU Conference 

On August 13-14, 
2013, Bridgewater 
State University 
hosted a statewide 
'leading for 

Change: Diversity 
Practices in Higtier 
^^^^_^^^^^^_^_^^ Education/' 

Pictured above are Paul Alexander and Veronica 
McCormack who attended the conference along with 
220 staff and faculty from 49 state and private colleges 
and universities working for diversity and social justice. 

Mentoring Grant 

Mentoring for Success applied for 

and received the ''Back to School" 

grant through Mass Mentoring 

Partnership. The grant will enable 

the program to continue raising 

awareness, and improve 

marketing and recruitment as the 

program expands to include mentors from nearby 

colleges. In addition, RCC is fortunate enough to be 

hosting a Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassador of 

Mentoring for the 5^"^ year in a row - current 

Ambassador Gregory Saint-Dick will be with the 

program for a second year! 

Letter to the Editor 

Professor Sterling Giles, Language 
Department, has had his letter to the 
editor of the Boston Globe printed in the 
August 19^^ issue. Here is the text of his 
letter as submitted: 

August 13, 2013 

To The Editor: 

The state is working at cross purposes when it changes 
community college funding structures ("College funding 
tied to results," Aug. 12) without adjusting related policies 
in the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA). Linking 
funding to completed rather than attempted credits 
rewards success for schools whose students have the 
freedom to choose course loads which dovetail reasonably 
with work and family responsibilities, but some students 
are denied that choice. 

Those students coming to school to work themselves off of 
transitional assistance - something the public would like to 
see happen - are eligible for day care, transportation, and 
other types of support, making it logistically possible to be 
in school, only if they enroll full time. Yet the best advice I 
can give an underprepared mother - returning to school 
after years away, juggling childcare, transportation, and a 
part-time job - is to begin part time, take a few classes, 
and do well in those few, building academic skills a step at 
a time. This individual cannot reasonably be expected to 

immediately handle the same course load as an 18-year old 
without children living in a dormitory with cafeteria food, 
yet the only transition the DTA supports is full-time study. 
So students take too many courses, and fail some. If DTA 
would provide logistical support for part-time study, there 
would be gains in student success. 

The shift from enrollment to success funding may improve 
success rates, or it may reduce educational opportunities 
for those schools with the least prepared, least affluent 
demographics. If we really want to support the success 
agenda, we need to put all the pieces in place. 

Sterling Giles 

Professor of ESOL 

Roxbury Community College 

(Sterling Giles has taught at Roxbury Community 
College for over twenty years.) 

Note: In its printing, the Globe omitted Sterling's 
comments about the overall funding structure. 

Bulletin Boards 

This is a reminder that flyers and signs should not be 
placed on the walls of any of our buildings. Last year, we 

had bulletin boards installed on each floor of the 

Academic Building for posting such material. Flyers and 

signs placed on walls will be removed. 

Items for "The Weekly" 

If you have something of interest that you would like to share with the college community, 
please submit it to Jacqueline Lynch at 

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