Centers and Institutes at Hofstra University
Annual Report 2016-2017
Introduction Hofstra University has long had centers and institutes within its organizational portfolio. This document is the first annual report of the activities of the centers and institutes that has been compiled by the Provostâ€™s Office. Each center director was asked to submit a report that summarized: Basic Background: A. Center name B. Director name(s) C. Staff name(s) D. Board membership (if appropriate) E. Mission F. How does your center or institute address the universityâ€™s mission and goals? Key accomplishments: A. Research a. Please include a list of all associated publications and highlight those that are in peer-reviewed journals or academic presses b. Please include a list of all national and international conference presentations B. Curriculum and teaching C. Engagement and community service D. International activities E. Grant or foundation applications / Grant or foundation dollars received F. Fundraising Measurable outcomes for 2017/2018 academic year (note: please list 3-5 bulleted items total): A. Research B. Curriculum and teaching C. Engagement and community service D. International activities E. Grant or foundation applications F. Fundraising Directors were also asked to provide any expected staff/leadership/budget changes in the coming year. The following report highlights that the university has a range of centers and institutes. Some focus on education, some on community engagement, and some on research. All overlap these three themes in some way. The centers are producing new research, are interacting with the Universityâ€™s educational mission, and are productively engaging with our community in profound ways.
Because each center was asked to articulate goals for the coming year, the university community will be able to evaluate the success of centers and institutes and how they are impacting our shared mission. As Hofstra University continues to advance its research, teaching, and community engagement goals, its centers and institutes have a role to play in articulating progress. This report, and subsequent annual reports, will allow us to set and measure goals and outcomes. As can be seen in the pages that follow this brief introduction, our students, faculty, and staff are deeply engaged on important themes represented by the centers and institutes. The information contained in this document will help to memorialize their contributions.
Table of Contents Center for â€œRace,â€? Culture and Social Justice .......................................................................................... 6 Center for Civic Engagement .................................................................................................................. 10 Center for Educational Access & Success .............................................................................................. 19 Center for Entrepreneurship .................................................................................................................... 24 Center for Innovation .............................................................................................................................. 27 Center for STEM Research ..................................................................................................................... 28 Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy ....................................................................................... 29 Digital Research Center .......................................................................................................................... 36 Hofstra University Museum .................................................................................................................... 43 Long Island Studies Institute................................................................................................................... 48 National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University .................................................................. 51 Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency....................................................... 56 The Center for Children, Families, and the Law ..................................................................................... 62 The Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy and Hofstra Bioethics Center ................................ 64
Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice Center name:
Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice
Jonathan Lightfoot, Director Benita Sampedro Vizcaya, Associate Director Santiago Slabodsky, Associate Director
Student Fellows: Meshack Eshun Addy Ian Guzman Brianna Holcomb Maryam Qureshi Genesis Rivera Mani Walcott Student Advisory Board: Nailah Andre Doreen Dacilas Meshack Eshun Addy Ian Guzman Leah Hoxie Maryam Qureshi Genesis Rivera Davin-Kyle Thompson Brianna Holcomb Mani Walcott Keiyonia Williams
Executive Board: Claudia Andrade Alejandra Arce-Morales Gillian Atkinson Carol Carter Athelene Collins Annette B. Davis Dennis Mazzocco Evelyn Miller-Suber Jennifer M. Mone Sofia Pertuz Roosevelt Smith
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Faculty Board: Balbinder S. Boghal Dwight E. Brooks Timothy P. Daniels Michael D'Innocenzo Akilah N. Folami Barbara Gonzalez Martine Hackett Diane Harvey-Salam Richard Hayes Roberto Joseph Aashish Kumar Veronica Lippencott Mustapha Masrour Lisa Merrill Mario Murillo Cheryl Mwaria Christopher Niedt Vimala C. Pasupathi Tomeka M. Robinson SM Rodriguez Krystal B. Zook External Board: Lisa Bertrand Lawrence Levy Mission: The Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice was established at Hofstra University in January 2017 under the auspices of the Provost’s Office in order to promote diversity and cultural awareness in faculty hiring, curriculum, and professional development. The Center’s directors will work in collaboration with a Faculty and Student Advisory Board, and with an Executive Board that incorporates other members of the Hofstra community including student services and secretarial services. How does your center or institute address the university’s mission and goals? Expand the demographic profile of Hofstra faculty to include more faculty of color. Minimize discrimination, cultural insensitivity, and bias. Advocate policies to encourage and incentivize faculty to improve their pedagogy and advance their professional development through ongoing diversity training. Support development of curricular offerings across all schools and disciplines, to enable students to embrace diversity, and to continue doing so as Hofstra alumni. Support faculty research, scholarship, and publications on “race”, culture, and social justice.
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The Center aims to highlight the centrality of “race” as a privileged category of analysis and academic inquiry. It will help to promote scholarship and teaching on “race” and social justice across the curriculum, and it will work collaboratively with multiple departments and units on campus to foster an inclusive atmosphere among students, faculty, and the Hofstra community at large. Envisioned as a constructive space for dialogue and action, it will foster reflection on the functioning of “race” at the local, national, and global levels. The Center is well-positioned to support and advance the university’s mission and goals by addressing the institutional foundations of research, teaching and service by promoting inclusiveness, cross-cultural competencies and awareness of “racial” and social justice issues through open-forum dialogue and exchange. Key accomplishments: Research: Dr. Slabodsky served on the research and curriculum awards committee for the Center for Suburban Studies. Curriculum/Teaching, Engagement and Community Service: Hosted an inaugural lecture featuring renowned attorney, scholar and activist, Dr. Gloria Browne-Marshall on March 8, 2017. Center directors collaborated with a group of faculty members from units across campus, led by Law Professor Stefan Krieger, to draft a proposal to establish Hofstra as a Sanctuary campus, leading to the recent establishment of the Hofstra’s Deportation Defense Clinic (DDC) housed at the Law School. Participated in hiring 2 new faculty of color during spring 2017. Dr. Chanapong Rojanaworarit will begin in the MPH program in fall 2017, and Dr. Katrina Sims will begin in the History Department in HCLAS, also in fall 2017. Guest hosted the Hofstra Museum opening during Black History Month 2017. Dr. Lightfoot delivered the keynote address for the annual Black Hispanic Alumni Association dinner in April 2017. Dr. Sampedro will be representing the Center as part of the Hofstra Middle States accreditation review. Dr. Lightfoot represented the Center at the May 2017 graduate commencement ceremony as graduate marshal. Grant or Foundation Funds Received/Applications: The Center awarded its first 2 annual research grants to Professor Kristal Zook for her proposal on how millennials navigate and experience multiracial identity, and to Language Lab Director, Professor Mustapha Masrour, for his proposal to promote emancipatory pedagogical literacy.
Measurable Outcomes for 2017/2018 Academic Year: Continue discussion with Erase Racism to develop “racial” and cultural awareness and sensitivity training across the Hofstra campus community. Co-sponsor several campus activities with other faculty, student, and community organizations, such as the Day of Dialogue with the Center for Civic Engagement.
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Will host Visiting Scholar, Sara Santamaría-Colmenero (University of Aarhus, Denmark) for 2-month appointment, during fall 2017. Collaborate with board members and university grants office, to identify external grant opportunities to further expand the work of the Center.
Expected Staff/Leadership/Budget Changes in the Coming Year: We do not expect any staff/leadership/budget changes in the coming academic year.
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Center for Civic Engagement Center name:
Center for Civic Engagement
Fall 2016: Aashish Kumar, co-director; Yvonne Stephens, acting codirector Spring 2017: Mario Murillo, acting co-director; Yvonne Stephens, acting co-director
Jack Costello, graduate assistant Rosalie Hume, graduate assistant Cheresa Myers, legal fellow CCE Fellows: Bahati Louis (Fall 2016 only) Kristen Misak (Fall 2016 only) Hayley Do (Spring 2017 only) Fatimah Mozawalla Joandalys Tejada Muthoni Mahachi Kelly Mizuno Tara Egan Casey Lamkin Pakelody Cheam Alison Krowiak Caroljane Burka
Martine Hackett Michael Dâ€™Innocenzo Marty Melkonian Margaret Melkonian Robert Brinkmann Andrea Libresco Sylvia Silberger Kari Jensen Sandra Stacki Debbie Goodman Scott Harshbarger Daisy Miller Chris Neidt Anthony Robinson Bret Bennington Nancy Richner Jess Holzer Amy Baehr Lauren Kozol 10 Center for Civic Engagement
Mission: We are a university center designed to educate students in democratic values by actively engaging them as knowledgeable citizens in collaborative partnerships with their campus, local, state, national, and global communities. How does your center or institute address the university’s mission and goals? The Center supports Hofstra’s efforts to achieve the final two bullet points listed under the University’s Mission and Goals: Hofstra University offers educational, co-curricular and cultural programs and activities that foster an awareness of local, national and global issues, encouraging students to be active citizens and contributors to their local, national and global communities. Hofstra University recognizes its important role in our local community and in participating in a broader national and international dialogue. We offer programs and seek opportunities that mutually benefit the Hofstra community and those beyond our campus. The Center supports these goals by offering on-campus programming, curricular opportunities, and strategic community partnerships, as outlined in our Key Accomplishments, below. Key accomplishments: Research: The Center’s research-oriented activities are housed within the Community-Based Research Committee. This year, the Community-Based Research Committee has accomplished the following: The committee generated content for Hofstra Horizons, outlining a number of community-based research projects that CCE faculty have spearheaded. The committee held its second annual Community Connections dinner, which provided a forum for Hofstra faculty and staff to connect with community leaders to brainstorm ways to work together. Speakers included Jacob Dixon, chief executive of Choice for All, a nonprofit organization in Roosevelt, and Mary Beth Guyther of the Long Island Community Foundation. The speakers provided information and insight on how to conduct successful community-based research projects and how to get funding for these projects. About 50 people attended. The committee also provided suggestions to the Institutional Review Board for including CITI training modules that address community-based and -engaged research. Curriculum and Teaching: The Center has a thriving minor with 13 currently enrolled students. This year, the Center guided ten students through credited internships with organizations including Herstory, and the Greater Uniondale Area Action Coalition, and an uncredited internship with the Worker Protection Coalition. The Center houses the Institute for Peace Studies, which is currently developing curriculum in peace studies. With a goal of offering a minor, major, and graduate program in the field, faculty are currently working on curriculum for a minor, which includes an introduction to peace studies and course offerings from multiple fields to total 11 Center for Civic Engagement
18 credit hours. The first introduction course is being offered in Fall 2018, Intro to Peace Studies. Campus Programming and Events: Hofstra Debate: Irrational Fears: Understanding the Impact of Islamophobia on American Muslims, 9/13, Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall. Students, faculty, staff, and community members gathered to hear a panel of speakers that included the president of the Islamic Center of Long Island and CCE Fellow Fatimah Mozawalla. Moderated by Hofstra associate professor Dr. Tomeka Robinson. The panel discussed Islamophobia in the US and its role in the election. The event drew a standing-room-only crowd. Estimated number of attendees: 125. Foreign Policy Issues for the Next President, 9/13, Guthart Theater. Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies Phyllis Bennis spoke about the foreign policy issues facing the next administration. ‘Si Se Puede’ to ‘Build the Wall’: The Importance of the Latino Vote in 2016, 9/26, Fortunoff Theater. Students, faculty, staff, and community members heard a panel of journalists, academics, and community activists explore issues affecting the Latino community. Community Debate Watch, 9/26, Fortunoff Theater. Students, faculty, staff, and community members gathered for a discussion about the debate and to watch it on the big screen. Estimated number of attendees: 300. International Opinion: Student Roundtable on Global Governance, 9/27, Guthart Center Theater. Assistant Professor Kara Alaimo moderated a discussion among international students about the global perspective on the US election. Estimated number of attendees: 60. Day of Dialogue: Tell Me What Democracy Looks Like, 10/26: The Center for Civic Engagement aims to cultivate dialogue and depth on issues that we consider intrinsic on the development of a robust democratic consciousness. This year’s theme reflects just such an inquiry. A day of panels, performances, roundtables, and screenings invites the Hofstra community to consider and respond to the prompt: Tell Me What Democracy Looks Like. Panels included: Islam, Islamophobia, and American Democracy. The event features speakers Dr. Nazreen S. Bacchus, Sociology, Queens College, CUNY, and Hofstra University; Dr. Mufti Farhan, Director of Islamic Affairs for Muslims on Long Island Inc. and the Islamic Center of South Shore; Dr. Hussein Rashid, founder of Islamicate, L3C, a consultancy focusing on religious literacy and cultural competency; Miriam Qureshi, president, Hofstra Muslim Student Association; moderated by CCE Fellow Fatimah Mozawalla. Environmental Justice and Grassroots Action. The event features speakers Helen Dorado Alessi, Long Beach Latino Civic Association; Dr. Jess Holzer, Hofstra University; Dr. Martine Hackett, Hofstra University; Ivan Bermejo, sustainability major, Hofstra University. Democracy in the Year of Bernie, (Br)Exit, and Trump. The event features speakers Dr. Alicia Gil-Torres, professor of Journalism (Valladolid, Spain); Dr. Lubna Nadvi,
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professor at University of Kwazulu, Natal, Durban (South Africa); Prof. Mario Murillo, professor of Radio/TV/Film, Hofstra University. Has Democracy Lost Its Way? Ancient and Modern Perspectives. The event features speakers Prof. Amy Baehr and Prof. James Tan, Hofstra University; and Lola Solis, undergraduate in history, political science, and women’s studies. The Campaign that Never Ends: Mental and Sexual Health in the LGBTQIA Community. The roundtable discussion is moderated by CCE Fellow Adam Gustafson. A New Cold War: Russia and the US; Nuclear Weapons and Syria. The event featured a 13-minute film clip followed by a panel discussion with Hofstra professors Paul Fritz, Tina Mavrikos-Adamou, and Martin Melkonian.
Election-related outreach: CCE volunteers participated in coordinating voter registration drives with several campus units including Center for University Advising, On October 13, CCE Fellows and other volunteers ran a voter registration table in the Atrium of the Student Center. Post-Election Day Forum: “President Elect Trump, Let’s Talk.” CCE issued the following statement to the campus community, inviting students, staff, and faculty to a forum on November 16 in the Student Center Theater. “For roughly every American that celebrated Donald Trump’s stunning upset victory on election night, there was one reeling in devastated disbelief. And now, whether exultant or despondent, we must all deal with the reality of his presidency and see how it squares with the vitriolic rhetoric of his campaign. As members of an academic community, we are responsible for creating spaces for respectful dialogue that uphold our ideals of fairness, respect, community, and active citizenship. Join us as we gather together to re-affirm these values, and to ask how Donald Trump plans to bring together those whom he has energized with those he has threatened, alienated, and insulted in his campaign for office.” The event was attended by over 50 students, faculty, staff, and administration representatives. Signature drive for undocumented immigrants: CCE participated in a faculty and student driven initiative to collect signatures on a campaign to ask the University President to issue clear directives to the campus community and public safety regarding our support for undocumented immigrants. This campaign collected over 600 signatures from students, staff, faculty, and alumni. President Rabinowitz was very supportive of this initiative and went on to announce the establishment of a new legal clinic at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law to represent Long Island immigrants facing deportation and spearhead education and advocacy programs for immigrant rights. Globalization Day (events canceled or rescheduled due to a Snow Day): Closing the Door: The Immigration Debate. A panel discussion about the Trump Administration’s latest initiatives on immigration, including the expansive priority list for deportations, the proposed travel ban and the promise to build a wall along the Mexican border. We’ll hear from policy analysts, immigrant rights advocates and students talking about the implications of the Administration’s approach to immigration. This session will set the stage for the student led deliberative dialogue session at 11:10am. Immigration Under Trump: A Deliberative Dialogue. A deliberative dialogue session on immigration in response to the Trump Administration’s travel ban on Muslim countries and the ongoing wave of ICE raids of immigrant communities. 13 Center for Civic Engagement
Film Screening and Discussion: Open Pit. Directed by Gianni Converso and produced by Daniel Santana, Open Pit is a tour de force of investigative journalism and guerilla filmmaking that reveals the vicious face of dirty gold mining in Peru. Faced with devastating mercury pollution, heavy metals and acid mine drainage, the people of Cajamarca (northern Peru) fight a desperate battle to defend their water resources, their families, and their way of life. Discussion will follow with Daniel Santana. 20th Century Fascism and 21st Century Populist Nationalism: What They Have in Common and How They Are Different. This discussion will focus on Italian fascism and the politics and economics of fascism, and will include an examination as to how they compare with today’s populist nationalism. Panelists include Dr. Robby Guttmann and Dr. Stan Pugliese; Moderated by Dr. Cindy Bogard, Professor of Sociology, Hofstra University. Cuba at a Crossroads: A Report Back from the Hofstra Study Abroad Program in Havana. Event was co-sponsored by the Hofstra Chapter of Amnesty International and the Hofstra Muslim Student Association. Intersectionality: Past, Present and Marching on Washington. Intersectionality, a term coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw, has become a theoretical and a methodological tool for activists and academics alike. The concept describes how the meeting of multiple points of privilege and/or oppression alters the circumstance of the individual. That is to say, we – as people – never occupy solely one identity; therefore, we need to understand how the intersection of various identities alters our relationship to systems of oppression or discrimination. Hofstra Responds to the Refugee Crisis. The panel discusses initiatives on campus addressing the refugee and travel ban in the US.
Civil Rights Series: Writing Hope, Writing Change, 2/17. An HUHC Friday Forum and CCE’s Civil Rights Series celebrate Black History Month. Alison Kinney and Kelly McDonald read from their published work on the Dylann Roof trial and the Dakota Access Pipeline protests and discuss the writing process, media accountability, and other matters related to social justice. Japanese Internment, 2/23. At a time when many observers suggest that racial intolerance and discrimination are on the rise, hearing about the stories of survivors of JapaneseAmerican internment during World War II is more crucial than ever. The event features internment camp survivor Sam Mihara. Herstory Presents: Stories for Social Justice, 3/8. Students from Hofstra and other local colleges read their personal stories about facing poverty, hunger, racism, and other issues affecting young adults. Following the readings, Dr. Ethna Lay will moderate a discussion about storytelling for empathy with Erika Duncan, Herstory founder and artistic director, and Gloria Jacobs, former executive editor of the Feminist Press at CUNY and former executive editor of Ms. Magazine. Film Screening and Discussion: PINK, 3/8. The film discusses women’s rights and dignity. Earth Week:
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Earth Day Celebration, 4/19. Annual festival in which student groups and community organizations come together to celebrate the strides we have made in fostering a more sustainable planet. Sustainability Education Night, 4/20. Educational evening focusing on a number of issues ranging from the state of the EPA to the ongoing water crisis in Flint, MI. Speakers from Hofstra and other communities will be invited to share their experiences in environmental education and activism. Mobilization Event with Hofstra Grows, 4/21. Unveiling of the newly-expanded Student Garden. Lunch will be served at the garden featuring organic produce grown by Hofstra Students. Sign-making and organizing will help students mobilize for the March for Science at Hofstra and NYC. NYC March for Science, 4/22. Hofstra students March for Science in New York City.
Engagement and Community Service: The Center has formal partnerships with ten local nonprofit and grassroots organizations through which fellows, interns, and volunteers learn how to be active citizens by working to achieve the organizations’ missions. The Center also works with other organizations in less formalized ways. This year, the Center engaged students in multiple projects with its partners: ● EAC Senior Nutrition & Food Services: The organization’s new Fresh from the Garden initiative provides food and cooking classes for seniors in an area void of grocery options. Three CCE fellows recruited and enrolled seniors in the program and spoke to the media about the initiative. ● Greater Uniondale Area Action Coalition (GUAAC): The grassroots organization addresses issues facing Uniondale community members that relate to youth, business, safety, beautification, government, public transportation, housing, and communication. In Fall 2016, two CCE fellows organized a Workforce Development Workshop designed to prepare Uniondale job seekers to apply for the hundreds of jobs at the Nassau Coliseum. The fellows recruited 30 Hofstra students, faculty, and staff to the event, which relayed knowledge of the open positions, helped attendees with the application, and provided interview practice. More than 130 Uniondale job seekers attended. Following the event, a CCE graduate assistant and fellow compiled data collected from the event and summarized the workforce development information for GUAAC. In Spring 2017, two CCE fellows attended weekly strategy sessions and monthly meetings to discuss ways to address issues facing the community. The fellows conducted research and provided general support to the group. In addition, the fellows wrote a position paper that used environmental research to take a stand against the introduction of a new laundromat into the community. ● Haitian American Family of Long Island Inc.: The organization, which works to link the Haitian American community with American society, offers workshops on cultural, social and health-related issues. In fall 2016, two CCE fellows coordinated workshops and sought grants for the organization. ● Hempstead High School Initiative: In conjunction with the Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) and Hofstra University Honors College, the program connects 20 CCE volunteer tutors with 40 students at Hempstead High School to offer eight to 12 hours per week of tutoring and mentoring. This year, the program added math and science tutors by partnering with the NOYCE program at Hofstra, led by Drs. Behailu Mammo and Ling 15 Center for Civic Engagement
Huang. The Initiative has also made connections with the LPP contact at Uniondale High School and plans to expand tutoring services there two days per week beginning in fall 2017. Herstory Writers Workshops: The nonprofit organization offers memoir writing workshops in Long Island communities, schools, hospitals, and jails and uses the power of story to enact social change. Two CCE fellows, one CCE intern, and two CCE volunteers participated in weekly workshops with Long Beach High School students on Hofstra’s campus. Four CCE interns participated in a facilitator training program, in which they learned how to become a Herstory facilitator and then co-directed a workshop alongside another trainee. CCE connected Herstory with Dr. Geri Solomon, Hofstra librarian and archivist, and a WSC 002 course taught by Dr. Ethna Lay of the Digital Research Center, to generate a pilot project digital archive for the organization. Homecoming Farm: The organic farm run by the Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville grows and provides food to the hungry. Four CCE fellows promote the organization’s initiatives via social media, help with fundraising and grant seeking, complete administrative tasks, and contribute new ideas to achieve the organization’s goals. Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives: The Long Island Alliance’s mission is to educate and foster dialogue on peace, war, and nonviolence and to present alternatives to militarism. Students work with the LI Alliance to promote deliberative discussions about peace on campus. They helped plan the community debate watch during the 2016 presidential debate held at Hofstra. The Peace Fellows Program, run by the LIAPA and CCE’s Institute for Peace Studies, finished its fifth year. It included 15 Peace Fellows and two interns and will continue the program in spring 2018. The program engages Hofstra students in conversation about relevant peace-related issues over five weeks during the spring semester. Long Island Wins: The nonprofit organization packages and promotes information related to immigration and fair immigration policy. Students write for the website, promote it through social media, and write grants for the organization. Uniondale Chamber of Commerce: The nonprofit organization’s mission is to promote a strong and supportive environment for Uniondale’s businesses. A CCE fellow promotes the organization through social media, updates its web site, recruits and retains members, conduct research, maintains its membership list, and connects with relevant media and government entities. Uniondale Community Land Trust: The nonprofit organization’s mission is to provide affordable housing through a land trust model. Two CCE fellows complete administrative and marketing tasks, write grants, and streamline the organization’s structure by creating and managing committees.
Additional Accomplishments: ● In response to a broader need of multiple community partners, a CCE fellow organized a social media workshop on a Saturday morning in fall 2016 at which half of the community partners attended. The workshop was run by journalism professor Jeff
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Morosoff and Hofstra’s social media coordinator Carly Weinstein and staffed by five CCE fellows. ● At the request of the partnership among Herstory, WSC 002 faculty and the library, CCE organized a Herstory reading that featured college student readers from Hofstra and elsewhere at the Black Box Theater as part of the CCE’s Civil Rights Series. About 25 students attended. ● CCE connected its community partner, GUAAC, with a business marketing professor, Dr. Anne Hamby, to conduct a service-learning project in which her students identified the reasons why Uniondale citizens vote (or don’t). Results were used by GUAAC to better target its get out the vote initiatives. Grant or Foundation Funds Received/Applications: CCE has applied for a $7,234 grant from Colocation America in partnership with biology professor Dr. Jessica Santangelo and STEM writing specialist Dr. Lisa DeTora to launch an Authentic Science Research Club within the Hempstead/Uniondale High School tutoring programs. The grant was not awarded. Fundraising: The Institute for Peace Studies raised $22,515 this academic year, bringing the total current fund balance to $67,920. Please see Appendix A for details. Measurable Outcomes for 2017/2018 Academic Year: Apply for at least $50,000 in grant and foundation funding for existing CCE campus and community partnership projects and programs Raise an additional $30,000 for the Institute for Peace Studies Officially launch the Institute for Peace Studies by: Hosting an inaugural event Enrolling and running the following courses: HIST 177G: Intro to Peace Studies in fall 2017 and War, Peace, and the News Media, a mass media course in spring 2018 Passing IPS minor curriculum through HCLAS Continuing the Peace Fellows Program in spring 2018 Better integrate campus and community partner programming with Hofstra faculty who are currently unaffiliated with CCE and their students by Facilitating service-learning course projects by connecting faculty and community partners Recruiting faculty and their classes to participate in on-campus programming Restructuring community partnerships by developing a tiered system of partnership involvement and developing an application process for new community partners
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Expected Staff/Leadership/Budget Changes in the Coming Year: Directors: Aashish Kumar, CCE Co-Director Greg Maney, CCE Co-Director & Director of the Institute for Peace Studies Staff:
Rosalie Hume, graduate assistant Kristen Misak, graduate assistant Legal fellow TBD CCE Fellows: Fatimah Mozawalla Kelly Mizuno Tara Egan Casey Lamkin Pakelody Cheam Aisha Jawara Cem Gokhan Paula Chirinos Caroline Bowes Imani Hinson Kelly Wells Aleena Pasha Emily Kelley Sara Massoni Emily Sauchelli
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Center for Educational Access & Success Center name:
Center for Educational Access & Success
Anthony E. Robinson, PhD
Kerry Eckert, Julie Goulart, Marielly Gallucci, Blanca Rajkowski, Beatriz Toledo, Maria Moreno
To be a community that inspires scholarly excellence.
How does your center or institute address the university’s mission and goals? The Center for Educational Access and Success addresses the university’s mission through providing a provision of academic programs and services for students (grades 6-12), Hofstra University college and graduate students, and teachers (pre-k-5) in schools (designated highneed) within the local community. In so far as supporting Hofstra University mission and goals, the services benefit the local community, including students of various grade levels (as well as those of Hofstra University through mentorship and tutorship opportunities), teachers and local and regional educational institutions. Key accomplishments: Engagement and Community Service: Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP): Served 72 students; 66% of which earned a 3.0 GPA or higher; of those 35% earned a 3.5 GPA or higher Thirty-five hours of tutoring services were offered to students in Chemistry 003/004 and Physics and Biology 011 Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) and the Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP): Provided 9,503 hours of classes (mostly Saturdays) including tutoring and mentoring Thirty seniors graduated and will attend college in the fall Six students presented research at conferences Teacher/Leader Quality Partnerships Program (TLQP): Supported 246 teachers for approximately 2,850 hours (including after school workshops, in – class 1:1 sessions, in addition to 8 Saturday Science Best Practice sessions, TLQP Best Practices Mini Conference, Best Practices Math Workshops with Greg Tang and a Summer Institute). Grant or Foundation Funds Received/Applications: Applied for two grants, including the Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair), where we received 2.25 million in funding for LPP, at $450,000 per year for the next five years. The United States Department of Education hasn’t published an announcement for the McNair Program.
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Center for Entrepreneurship Center name:
Center for Entrepreneurship
Mark Lesko, Vice President for Economic Development and Executive Dean
Stacey Sikes, Senior Assistant Dean for Administration Sharon Goldsmith, Director of Operations
Advisory Board: Kelley Coughlan, Tritec Real Estate Group Dan Deegan, Forchelli Curto Deegan Mineo and Terrana, LLP Paul Dragotta, Sovereign Global Advisors Rudy Fuertes, National Supermarket Association Thomas Garry, Harris Beach, PLLC Kevin Hesselbirg, The Gemini Companies Josh Sason, Magna NextGen Advisory Board: Jacqueline Hsu, Pet911 Max Bidna, Hell’s Creative Jon El-Kordi Hubbard, Hell’s Creative Andrew Marks, Padlink Alec Polsley, IVY Megan Woods, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine PhD graduate
Mission: The mission of the Center for Entrepreneurship is to provide Hofstra’s students, faculty, staff, and alumni with the skills and training necessary to become accomplished entrepreneurs and to establish Hofstra University a leader in Long Island’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. How does your center or institute address the university’s mission and goals? The Center for Entrepreneurship administers programs that focus on new business formation that encourage the free and open exchange of ideas and instills foundational skills including problem solving, critical thinking, team building, and verbal and written communication skills. The Center for Entrepreneurship is a resource for students studying at all of the Hofstra’s colleges and schools from an educational and co-curricular perspective, preparing students to become active contributors to their local, national, and global communities. Key accomplishments: From 2015-16 to 2016-17: Applicants to competitions increased from 102 to 242. Attendance at events increased from 505 to 1235. Visits to ideaHUb incubator increased from 1023 to 4216. To date: 24 Center for Entrepreneurship
344 applicants to competitions. $119,500 in prize money distributed. 264 mentor sessions. 81 prototypes tested. 66 events held.
Curriculum and Teaching: Started Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property Practicum at the Law School, which provides assistance to small businesses and startup companies with a particular focus on intellectual property issues that arise for startups in the earliest stages of venture formation. Vice President for Economic Development Mark Lesko serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law. The Center for Entrepreneurship identified startup companies to provide an externship to students in the MBA 350 capstone class taught by Professor Richard Hayes in the Frank G. Zarb School of Business. Director of Operations Sharon Goldsmith received Lean LaunchPad Certification and served as a guest lecturer in MUS 190 and GEOL 104B. Engagement and Community Service: Held the Hofstra-Digital Remedy Challenge Series, a $50,000 business plan competition with over 100 applicants, and two Lion’s Den pitch competitions. Started Hofstra’s new student-run record label, Mane Records, which received 157 applications for 20 spots. The record label affords students from the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Frank G. Zarb School of Business and the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science the opportunity to hold positions in a record label, sign an artist, develop and release music, and interact with Executives-in-Residence from the music industry. Administered an Entrepreneur-in-Residence mentorship program with six experienced serial entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate executives. Received START-UP NY designation from New York State for the ideaHUb. STARTUP NY offers significant tax benefits to startup companies to local at college campuses and provide opportunities to students such as internships. Worked with students on submissions to national business plan competitions, including: The New York State Business Plan Competition: Hofstra sent more students to the LI regional competition in the past two years than any other school on LI. Over the past two years three teams have received statewide awards. The Draper Competition at Smith College: One student team placed in the top ten out of 100 teams. The Women Business Enterprise National Council Student Entrepreneur Program: A Hofstra student was one of 20 students nationally chosen to participate and took first place in the pitch competition. Held events and workshops at ideaHUb, including a Virtual Reality Showcase, a Bootcamp, a Women in Entrepreneurship Week event, and prototyping workshops utilizing sophisticated equipment at the ideaHUb Makerspace. Formed NextGen Advisory Board comprised of recent alums working in the field entrepreneurship. 25 Center for Entrepreneurship
Selected by Techstars to host Startup Weekend, an event at Hofstra to teach entrepreneurs from all over the world how to start a company.
Grant or Foundation Funds Received/Applications: Submitted five grant applications, with pending requests totaling over $1.3 million. Pending requests include: National Science Foundation I-Corps Program ($490,000). U.S. Minority Business Development Administration ($485,716). U.S. EDA i6 Challenge ($327,555). Fundraising: Formed an Advisory Board to build financial support for the Center for Entrepreneurship. Received a commitment from a single donor to underwrite a significant portion of the budget of the Record Label ($40,000). Measurable Outcomes for 2017/2018 Academic Year: Curriculum and Teaching: Administer Silicon Valley Experience course during the spring of 2018 with the Frank G. Zarb School of Business. Co-teach Entrepreneurship 115, a new requirement for all incoming business majors at the Frank G. Zarb School of Business. Engagement and Community Service: Increase the number of applications to business plan competitions and the record label, mentor sessions with Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, and foster the development of more student-run businesses. IdeaHUb will be moving to the new Frank G. Zarb School of Business building and doubling its footprint. Recruit startups to locate at ideaHUb through the START-UP NY program. Grant or Foundation Applications: Apply for New York State Certified Business Incubator program through the 2018 Consolidated Funding Application process, which would provide $125,000 to $150,000 in annual operating assistance. Fundraising: Continue efforts to build membership of Advisory Board.
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Center for Innovation Center name:
Center for Innovation
Dr. Kevin Craig, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Mission: The mission of the Center for Innovation is to team scientists, engineers, and experts with industry to help them solve their urgent needs. Once a scope of work and delivery date are identified with the partnering company, the center director assembles a team of experts. These experts can be at Hofstra or from anywhere. A cost for the project and delivery date are agreed upon and a contract is signed. All intellectual property (IP) is held by the partnering company. The overhead cost is 25%. The deliverable is a solution to the problem at the agreed-upon date for the agreed-upon cost. Failure is not an option. How does your center or institute address the university’s mission and goals? The Center for Innovation has enhanced the reputation of the Hofstra School of Engineering and Applied Science through the excellence of its work. All Center work is done at Hofstra in the same physical space (Adams 113) where courses are taught and labs are run. Students see the application of what we teach to the most challenging real-world engineering problems. Companies see the excellence of our educational program and hire our students as interns and co-ops and hire our graduates as permanent employees. There are already examples of this. Key accomplishments: Grant or Foundation Funds Received/Applications: The Center for Innovation began operation in June 2016. For the time period the June 2016 – July 2017, the Total Income is $291,250. The following companies have worked with the Center for Innovation with most positive results. Work is completed and is proprietary. ThermoLift, Stony Brook, NY Funding: $160,000 Oerlikon Metco, Westbury, NY Funding: $37,500 BGA Technology, Bohemia, NY Funding: $56,250 Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, Ohio Funding: $37,500
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Center for STEM Research Center name:
Center for STEM Research
Drs. M. David Burghardt and Michael Hacker
Lois Miceli Ellen Furuya
Mission: Connecting STEM research and practice in K-16 STEM Education. How does your center or institute address the university’s mission and goals? The Center’s educational mission is directly aligned with Hofstra’s educational mission. Key accomplishments: Research: Publications: Chiu, J. L., *Gonczi, A., Fu, X., & Burghardt, D. (2016). Supporting Informed Engineering Design and STEM Learning through WISEngineering. International Journal of Engineering Education - Current Trends in K-12 Engineering Education. LINK-REPORT: Outcome Analysis of Informal Learning at Scale by Xiang Fu, Tyler Befferman, M. D. Burghardt, Proceedings of the Third (2016) ACM Conference on Learning @ Scale, pages 173-176. April 2016. National Conference Presentations: Burghardt, M. D. and Hecht, D. 2016. Children’s Engineering. STEM for All, Video Showcase, National Science Foundation. http://stemforall2016.videohall.com/presentations/736 Almendral, C., Burghardt, M.D., Gilken, J. (2016). WISEngineering Kindergarten Kids: A Feasibility Case Study. Proceedings Hawaii International Conference on Education, Oahu, Hawaii. Grant or Foundation Funds Received/Applications: Prepared two NSF grant proposals; unfortunately, neither was funded Received 2017-18 funding of $575,000 for Wise Guys & Gals project Received no-cost extension for Engineering for All project Negotiating with NSF on STEM conference grant proposal Measurable Outcomes for 2017/2018 Academic Year: Research: At least one publication in support of grant project research. Grant or Foundation Applications: At least one grant proposal to a foundation or NSF. 28 Center for STEM Research
Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy Center name:
Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy
Dr. Gregory DeFreitas
Debra Comer Niev Duffy Robert Guttmann Conrad Herold Sharryn Kasmir Cheryl R. Lehman Martin Melkonian Bhaswati Sengupta Marc Silver Lonnie Stevans Martha Weisel James Wiley
Robert Archer Elaine Bernard Susan Borenstein Roger Clayman Benjamin Coriat Drucilla Cornell John Coverdale Robert Dow John Durso Nicholas LaMorte Adriana Marshall Ray Marshall Dalton Mayfield Lawrence Mishel Cathy Ruckelshaus Cheryl Smyler-George Edward Wolff Michael Zweig
Mission: The Center for the Study of Labor & Democracy is a research institute that aims to contribute to public education and debate about important labor issues. CLD pursues a distinctively interdisciplinary approach to labor problems and institutions, extending from the local Long Island and New York City labor markets to the national and global economies. This approach is designed to both inform and stimulate discussion of policy alternatives that promote sustainable improvements in living standards, fairness in economic opportunities, and democratic decisionmaking processes throughout the world. 29 Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy
How does your center or institute address the university’s mission and goals? CLD pursues its mission through sponsoring and publishing original research projects, designing and implementing surveys and analyzing their findings, organizing forums, workshops and conferences; hosing international guest scholars, publishing our 20-year-old journal, Regional Labor Review; disseminating our research findings to a wide audience, and offering a major, minor and certificate in Labor Studies. The interdisciplinary Labor Studies curriculum explores important and controversial questions about the determination and distribution of employment, compensation, and socioeconomic power. And students are introduced to the most important employment, labor, and collective bargaining laws, practices and institutions. Opportunities for practical applications of course material are offered through internships with labor unions, business firms or other organizations. In advanced courses, Labor Studies majors consolidate what they have learned through more in-depth study in a focused research project in the senior seminar. Students develop the analytical, writing, and oral communication skills necessary to succeed in securing professional employment or admission to appropriate graduate programs. Within these program goals, Labor Studies and CLD help carry out the University’s mission to educate students as active, critical thinkers who are intellectually ambitious lifelong learners and adaptable to change. Key accomplishments: Research: “Long Island Millennials at Work: Challenging Transitions to Good Jobs”: A unique empirical analysis of post-WWII trends in youth employment and wage trends on Long Island. The project applies econometric techniques to large cross-sectional cohort and panel data banks to understand the nature and causes of trends in employment, underemployment, union coverage, earnings and occupational mobility of Long Island youth (ages 18-32 in 2015) from 1950 to the present. Comparisons are drawn among millennials by age, race/ethnicity, sex, immigration status, education, social class, occupation, industry, and metropolitan area of residence, as well as between millennials, Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers. The primary microdata sets are: General Social Survey, Current Population Survey-ORG, decennial censuses and annual American Community Surveys. The first findings were published in Regional Labor Review (Fall 2016), and were featured in a front-page article in Newsday “LI’s College-Educated Millennials Struggling at Work: New Study”, (12/12/2016). Subsequent findings will be distributed in periodic reports and communicated to the public more widely via scholarly publication, local media and Regional Labor Review. Publication and distribution of 2016-17 issues of Regional Labor Review, one of the oldest of the very few refereed journals continuously published at Hofstra. Now entering its 20th year of publication, RLR’s content reflects our aim to provide lively and thoughtprovoking articles on important issues of work, working people and labor movements. We focus primarily but not exclusively on the New York metropolitan area and we publish original articles written in a widely accessible style. Our authors have included economists, historians, sociologists, lawyers, and other labor specialists at a variety of research centers, government agencies, labor organizations and other universities (including Brooklyn College, Columbia U., City University of NY, Rutgers and SUNY). Content is online at www.hofstra.edu/cld. 30 Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy
Curriculum and Teaching: The Labor Studies Degree Program (founded by CLD) offered the following LABR courses this past year. Both required and elective courses for the major were offered by other departments (including Anthropology, History, Legal Studies in Business, Sociology, etc.). Fall 2016: LABR 14F – MicroFreakonomics (4 sh FYC Seminar) LABR 170 – Internship in Labor Studies (3 sh) LABR 180 – Senior Seminar in Labor Studies (3 sh) LABR 199 – Honors Essay in Labor Studies (3sh) Spring 2017: LABR 141C/ECO141C – Labor Economics (3sh) LABR 170 – Internship in Labor Studies (3sh) LABR 180 – Senior Seminar in Labor Studies (3sh) Engagement and Community Service: Journal: We regularly communicate our research findings to a broad audience in each issue of our magazine, Regional Labor Review. It is written in widely accessible style and distributed to community and labor organizations, educators, local government officials, and social service and human resource agencies. We also have a CLD Working Papers series. Website: CLD regularly updates its website (www.hofstra.edu/laborstudies) with information on local job-related events, employment statistics, our own research, and our labor studies course offerings, using text, photos and videos. Media: The CLD Director and faculty give interviews to newspapers (Wall St. Journal, Newsday, Long Island Business News), TV and radio programs about our program’s research findings, our public events, and about diverse employment issues in the news. Among those last year were: Newsday quoted Greg DeFreitas and included his photo in front-page story, “LI’s College-Educated Millennials Struggling at Work: New Study”, (12/12/2016). Newsday quoted Greg DeFreitas in its story, “LI Job Market Continues to Lose Steam, Local Data Show”, (5/18/2017). Newsday quoted Greg DeFreitas in its story, “Long Island Unemployment Rate Falls to 4 Percent in March”, (4/26/2017). Asahi Shinum (a major newspaper in Japan) interviewed Greg DeFreitas about the implications of U.S. economic policies and declining union strength for the 2016 Presidential race. Interview conducted by its chief economic correspondent in Washington, DC, Daisuke Igarashi (10/27/2016). FIOS TV interviewed quoted Greg DeFreitas about the latest unemployment and job growth data for the U.S. and Long Island (4/7/2017). WNYC (NY Public Radio) interviewed Greg DeFreitas at length about immigrants in the Long Island economy, for “The United States of Anxiety”, a multipart series on Long Island that aired on WNYC starting 9/22/2016, hosted by Kai Wright (columnist for The Nation magazine (7/5/2016). Available as iTunes podcast on www.wnyc.org.
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Young Women’s Leadership Trainings (Girls FLI): For the second consecutive year in 2016, CLD hosted campus meetings of the Women’s Fund of Long Island on their “GirlsFLI Project” to develop leadership and philanthropic skills of promising high school girls. The group of 30 students met biweekly on Saturdays with Women’s Fund trainers at Hofstra, culminating in a June conference. I spoke at their first meeting here and I or a representative regularly attended part of most meetings at Hofstra. Dean Firestone approved my request to allow Labor Studies and Women’s Studies to cosponsor the program here. I also successfully applied for rental fee waivers for their use of a classroom here for meetings and for a soccer practice field for their June 14th charity ball game. I hired a Labor Studies student aide, Jenna Wyatt, to actively engage with the high school students at their weekend meetings here. She spoke with them about college life at each meeting and gave them tours around the Hofstra campus. Union Scholarship Consults: CLD Director Greg DeFreitas each year serves as Scholarship Advisor to two large local unions: IBEW Queens Local 3 and the United Food & Commercial Workers Union (UFCW/RWDSU), Local 338. This includes annual review and ranking of academic records and essays of Long Island high school students applying for 21 college scholarship awards. Events: We regularly organize speakers, debates, conferences and films on important current issues of interest to both students and working people, open to the general public. In Spring 2017 our public events included: “The White House and Working America: What the 2016 Election Means for Our Jobs”, (3/2/2017). A post-election analysis of the election results’ implication for jobs and labor market policies. Featured speaker: Dr. Dean Baker, Center for Economic & Policy Studies, and author of the new book Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer. Organized by CLD, with cosponsor International Scene Lecture Series. “Equal Pay Day 2017” (4/11/2017). Our annual Equal Pay Day event featured a lecture & book signing by Jessica Bennett, NY Times writer and author of the new book Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual. Organized by CLD, with cosponsors Women’s Studies Program and Honors College. Mayday at the Movies: Comedy & Tragedy at Work” (5/1/2017). Our 16th annual film festival of diverse new and classic films on work and working people (each introduced by a different professor and followed by audience questions & discussion. Films shown were Painted Nails, The Hand That Feeds, The Measure of a Man (French, English subtitles) and Boom, Bust, Boom. Adult Labor Studies Certificate Courses: In addition to our Labor Studies major/minor for matriculated undergrads, CLD organized and staffs low-cost educational offerings (through Continuing Ed) for union members and others in community through our Labor Studies Certificate Program. In addition to courses set in Hofstra classrooms, we have also held courses at business sites and union halls. Professional Associations: We participated in the meetings of the Long Island chapter of the main national labor research organization, the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA). LERA has a diverse membership of labor lawyers, corporate human resources staff and labor specialists from government, nonprofit groups and academia. We regularly nominate a top Hofstra Labor Studies student each spring for the 32 Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy
annual $1,000 LERA scholarship given to the top three Long Island Labor Studies students. We are also active members of the main national labor education organization: the United Association of Labor Educators (UALE). Board of Advisors: Our board is made up of an impressive and diverse group of leading representatives from academia, government, law and labor unions. By holding board meetings on campus, inviting their participation in CLD events and regular communication, we benefit from board members’ feedback on our research and activities and their long-term guidance on the future course of CLD.
Measurable Outcomes for 2017/2018 Academic Year: Research: “The State of New York Unions 2017”: New York has, for nearly two decades, had the highest proportion of its workforce represented by unions of any state in the country. In our 2007 and 2012 studies, we investigated cyclical changes in the major demographic and industrial characteristics of unionization in the New York Metropolitan Area through empirical analysis of large microdata sets from the U.S. Census. We found that local union coverage brings significant pay and benefits advantages, but employment shifts toward lower-paying private sector industries with little union coverage, as well as some deunionization within traditionally more unionized industries have played influential depressive roles. We also found that, while the fraction of Long Islanders unionized has fallen from 27% in 2000 to 23% in 2012, a steeper decline in the city has made the Island’s rate higher. In our new research, we will extend the earlier analysis across a full decade to the first half of 2017 to determine how these patterns have or have not changed. The findings will be distributed in a press release, timed to coincide with their publication and presentation at a public event. Curriculum and Teaching: Fall 2017: LABR 14F – MicroFreakonomics (4 sh FYC Seminar) LABR155D/HIST157 – Shake The Cage: A History of Worker Protest and Resistance in the U.S. (3 sh), (a new Special Topics course developed and taught by Dr. Mary Anne Trasciatti) LABR 170 – Internship in Labor Studies (3 sh) LABR 180 – Senior Seminar in Labor Studies (3 sh) Spring 2018: LABR 1A – Introduction to Labor Studies (3 sh) LABR 170 – Internship in Labor Studies (3 sh) LABR 180 – Senior Seminar in Labor Studies (3 sh) Engagement and Community Service: Journal: We will this year publish new issues in the 20th volume of our journal, Regional Labor Review. Website: CLD will continue to regularly update its website (www.hofstra.edu/laborstudies) with information on local job-related events, employment statistics, our own research, and our labor studies course offerings, using both text, photos and videos.
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Media: Greg DeFreitas will continue to make himself regularly available for media interviews, as well as recommend other willing CLD faculty as experts to be consulted by journalists, as appropriate. Young Women’s Leadership Trainings (GirlsFLI): If the Women’s Fund of Long Island resumes this program in 2018, CLD will again offer to collaborate. Union Scholarship Consults: CLD Director Greg DeFreitas will again serves as Scholarship Advisor to two large local unions: IBEW Queens Local 3 and the United Food & Commercial Workers Union (UFCW/RWDSU), Local 338. He will evaluate and rank the application packages of high school seniors who are union members or the children of members. Events: “THE COLLEGE GRAD JOB MARKET TODAY” (September 2017): Leading New York government and academic economists discuss the state of the metro area economy and the job prospects for new college graduates. “THE STATE OF NEW YORK UNIONS 2017” (October 2017): A celebration of our first 20 years of publication of Regional Labor Review. The new 2017 findings of CLD’s quantitative research on NYC and Long Island union membership will be presented. A panel of local union leaders will discuss the findings, the challenges facing unions today and the prospects for new growth in nontraditional sectors of the economy. “EQUAL PAY DAY 2018” (April 12, 2018): Our annual Equal Pay Day event will feature speakers discussing the accomplishments and continuing challenges of working women in today’s labor market. Organized by CLD, we intend to again invite participation of our past cosponsors: the Women’s Studies Program and Honors College. At Leo Guthart Cultural Center Theater. “MAYDAY AT THE MOVIES: COMEDY & TRAGEDY AT WORK” (May 1, 2018): Our 17th annual daylong film festival will celebrate International Workers' Day with new and classic movies on work and working people's lives. Each film will be introduced by a professor, and will be followed by an audience discussion session. At Leo Guthart Cultural Center Theater. OTHER CO-SPONSORED EVENTS: Each year, as new events are added by other departments, we try to cosponsor as many labor-related events as our resources permit (most often with Economics Dept., Latin American & Caribbean Studies and Women’s Studies) Adult Labor Studies Certificate Courses: In addition to our Labor Studies courses for matriculated undergrads, CLD will organize and advertise low-cost course offerings [through Continuing Ed] for union members and others in the community in our Labor Studies Certificate Program. Professional Associations: We will continue to participate in the meetings of the Long Island chapter of the main national labor research organization: the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA). LERA has a diverse membership of labor lawyers, corporate human resources staff and labor specialists from government, nonprofit groups and academia. And we will also be active members of the main national labor education organization: the United Association of Labor Educators (UALE).
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At CLD’s “Equal Pay Day 2017” event on April 11th, 2017, NY Times journalist Jessica Bennett spoke about her new book: Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace.
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Digital Research Center Center name:
Digital Research Center (http://hofstradrc.org/)
John Bryant, Director; Ethna Lay, Associate Director
Development: Jamie Folsom, Principal DRC Programmer and Web Designer Keri Crocco, Program Manager IT Advisors: Robert Juckiewicz Brian Ferris Kevin Pechin Faculty Project Directors: Meenekshi Bose John Bryant Frank Gaughan Martha Hollander Janet Kaplan Lisa Merrill David A. Powell Mario M. Ruiz Craig M. Rustici Theresa Saxon Adam G. Sills Vern R. Walker Students: Kelcie Birsner Rachel Davis
Mission: Hofstra DRC’s goals are to assist faculty in finding digital solutions to research problems that will bring their scholarship online in interactive and collaborative platforms that promote student involve and enhance Hofstra’s contribution to digital scholarship, pedagogy, and critical thinking. How does your center or institute address the university’s mission and goals? In accordance with Hofstra’s mission statement, DRC follows the view that “the best education for students is one informed by their teachers’ scholarly pursuits.” In this regard, DRC’s Lab develops digital tools and a diverse range of interactive and collaborative faculty projects, and our DRC Forum disseminates digital awareness through its newsletter, blog, interviews, workshops, lectures, and annual Digital Research Exchange (DREx). Together, both Lab and 36 Digital Research Center
Forum contribute to “the informational and technological resources required for learning and the advancement of knowledge.” Key accomplishments: Research: Publications: Faculty directors and DRC associates have disseminated their DRC research in regional, national, international venues. “The Scholarly Edition and the Digital Critical Archive,” MLA Commons. 26 July 2016. [paper] — and Nick Laiacona. “TextLab2 and Editing Revision: Upgrading to 3IF.” International Interoperable Image Format Conference. Institutum Patriticum Augustinianum. The Vatican. Rome. 8 June 2017. [paper] — with Nick Laiacona. “Demonstrating TextLab and Juxta Editions.” Digital Humanities (DH) Conference. Montreal. 8-10 August 2017. [poster] Lay, Ethna. “Annotation Studies: What the Evidence of Students’ Digital Annotations Reveals About Collaborative Reading.” CCCC. Houston, April 2016. “What Students’ Digital Annotations Reveal about Collaborative Reading and How Its Practice Enriches Student Writing.” Distracted Reading. Digital Humanities Conference. NYU, 26 September 2016. [paper] “Distant Reading: Undergraduate Research in First-Year Writing.” CCCC 2017. Portland, Oregon. March 2017. [paper] Hollander, Martha. “The Digital van Mander: Translating the ‘Foundation of the Noble Free Art of Painting’ Online.” Renaissance Society of America. March 2017. [paper] Merrill, Lisa. “Making Mixed Race Bodies Visible in Antebellum Public Spaces,” Theatre Survey: Special Issue on Racial Hybridity. [2016 Oscar Brockett Essay Prize] “Amalgamation, Moral Geography and Slum Tourism,’” Slavery and Abolition Journal, 37.3 (2016): 638-60. [article] — and Theresa Saxon, “Replaying the Octoroon,” Theatre Journal, 69.2 (June 2017): 127-52. [article] — and Theresa Saxon, “Rediscovering the Octoroon,” British Association for American Studies, Canterbury, UK. 6 April 2017. [paper] — and Theresa Saxon, “African Americans on the (Post) Reconstruction Stage,” Collegium for African American Research. Malaga, Spain. 15 June 2017. [paper] — and Theresa Saxon, “Transnational Revisions in/of British Theatres of Race,” AfroEuropean Conference. Tampere. Finland. 7 July 2017. [paper] Rustici, Craig. “Making the Digital Accessible.” NEH Library Forum. Washington DC. 15 December 2016. [paper] Walker, Vern, et al. “Semantic Types for Computational Legal Reasoning.” [paper] —, et al. “Semantic Types for Decomposing Evidence Assessment in Decisions on Veterans’ Disability Claims for PTSD.” Automated Detection, Extraction and Analysis of Semantic Information in Legal Texts. Sixteenth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law. London. June 2017 (ICAIL ’17). [paper] Conference Presentations: 37 Digital Research Center
DRC directors, faculty directors, programmers, and program manager meet twice a year to coordinate projects developed in both the DRC Lab and DRC Forum. Beginning in 2016, DRC has hosted every spring its Digital Research Exchange (DREx), a day-long campus program featuring keynote speaker, workshops, and a symposium on issues confronting digital scholarship, archiving, research, and pedagogy. DREx2016 featured three DRC project directors (Bryant, Sills, Walker) and symposium panelists from regional digital institutions (Columbia, NYU, CUNY, Stony Brook). DREx2017 featured keynoter Ray Siemens (University Victoria) and panelists from MIT, Northeastern, and NYU. DRC associates have also attended the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, directed by Ray Siemens at the University of Victoria (BC). “Making the Digital Accessible.” Publishing Studies Practicum [Engl 192A]. Hofstra. 7 March 2017. [presentation] “Current Research on Race,” Institute for Black Atlantic Research, U of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK. 3 July 2017. [keynote] — and John Bryant, “Mapping Women’s Studies: Making History with Itinerary.” Seventeenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities. Hofstra U. 1 June 2017. “Spectacularizing Black Bodies on 19th Century Stages,” International Museum for the Study of Slavery. Liverpool, UK. 27 June 2017. [keynote] Kelley, Wyn [MIT-MEL]. “‘Crossed by Westminster’: Melville’s Urban Cartography of 1849.” Eleventh International Melville Conference, King’s College London, 27 June 2017. “Big Data | Close Reading.” Fourth Annual Distinguished Lecture. Humanities Center. U of Tennessee. 7 April 2016. [keynote] Bryant, John. “Voices of Annotation in the Margins of the Digital Text.” Collaborative Insights through Digital Annotation. HyperStudio, MIT. 23 January 2015. [keynote] “Imagining a Digital Tool for Editing Translation as a Fluid Text.” Digital Textualities in South Asia. U of British Columbia. 5 March 2016. [keynote] “Mapping Melville: The Digital Critical Archive and the Fluid Text.” OASIS: Orientale American Studies International School. Università degli Studi di Napoli. Procida, Italy, 31 May 2016. Online Projects: Since 2015, DRC has actively developed ten digital projects, each guided by a Hofstra faculty member in consultation with DRC’s technical staff. At present, seven have reached their first phase as “minimal viable products” (MVPs) that are functional though not yet formally launched or “published.” They are: Frank Gaughan’s Tracking Coyote, a worksite for comparing native American and frontier myths about this renown trickster figure; Janet Kaplan’s AMP, the English creative writing program’s online journal for experimental writing; David Powell’s George Sand Association, a society website and journal archive; Craig Rustici’s AccessScholar, a site promoting best practices for online disability access to scholarly readings; Vern Walker’s RSLT, which permits color-coded annotation of Reasoning Structures in Legal Texts;
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Adam Sills’s “A Fearful Number,” which uses DRC’s Itinerary to map and annotate data on the spread of the 1665 London Plague, culled from Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year; and John Bryant’s MEL: Melville Electronic Library, an NEH-funded critical archive of scholarly fluid-text editions of the works of Herman Melville. Three of its editions will be launched in November 2017.
This year, we also began developing two more faculty projects toward the MVP stage: Lisa Merrill and Theresa Saxon’s critical archive The Octoroon and Martha Hollander’s scholarly edition and translation The Digital Van Mander. Technological Developments: One of DRC’s goals is to create a suite of digital tools that can be used by anyone at Hofstra or worldwide in building Critical Digital Archives and other digital projects. Beginning in 2014, DRC’s programmers created the digital mapping / timeline / annotation tool Itinerary for use in Sills’s faculty project and in Bryant’s MEL for two subprojects: Melville in Rome (1857) and Melville in London (1849). In addition, DRC has funded further development of its digital tools: an upgrade of MEL’s TextLab (so that it can be used by anyone seeking to create a scholarly edition), a modification of MELCat (MEL’s metadata tool) to accommodate Itinerary, and an adaptation of MIT’s Annotation Studio (for annotating texts in the classroom) for Walker’s RSLT project, and for classroom use on campus. Curriculum and Teaching: One of DRC’s long-range goals is to create an infrastructure for digital scholarship—in service to all disciplines, schools, and libraries at Hofstra—that will stimulate pedagogical development, encourage the creation of new courses involving digital tools and research, and provide a foundation for the creation of a certificate program in digital studies, which will justify the hiring of faculty with digital specializations. A primary initiative for future pedagogical development is to work with Hofstra’s Special Collections on projects that will further stimulate and facilitate faculty / student projects in our archives. So far, DRC faculty directors have developed the following courses: In fall 2014, Bryant designed a Freshman Year Cluster (FYC) course, English 10, on Gaming Literature, in coordination with Ethna Lay’s writing section and Roberto Joseph’s CompSci section on Gaming. In Spring 2015, Bryant and Lay team taught Hofstra’s first Introduction to Digital Humanities course (English 192, titled “Trending Now”). In Spring 2017, Lisa Merrill focused on Octoroon in her Rhetoric14s course, “Performing for Social Change” for FYC and Rhetoric 129, “Performing History.” In Spring 2017, Martha Hollander used her Digital Van Mander translation in Art History 188: “Rembrandt and His Contemporaries.” In Spring 2018, DRC Associate Director Ethna Lay and Faculty Project Director Adam Sills will inaugurate a new course, ENGL 108 (LT), “Re-coding Literature: Introduction to Digital Humanities.” Engagement and Community Service: As it enters its second year of full-funding, DRC’s Lab and Forum continue to engage academic communities not only internally at Hofstra but also through regional, national, and international 39 Digital Research Center
affiliations (MIT, NYU, NYPL, and other libraries), through our biannual, faculty director gatherings, and through our Digital Research Exchange (DREx) each Spring, with keynoter and symposium focusing on relevant digital topics. One DRC project—Craig Rustici’s AccessScholar—provides a direct benefit to disability communities by listing website display and navigation standards for the visually impaired and rating websites according. DRC’s Forum also provides a range of community engagements at Hofstra. The following lists some our most recent achievements: Ethna Lay conducted testing of the assemblage tool Omeka for use in a project featuring Herstory, a women’s oral history collection in Hofstra’s Archive. DRC staffer Kelcie Birsner created six posters for display at Faculty Research Day, 14 October 2017, attended by all DRC staff. Lay conducted two Annotation Studio workshops for faculty and students (October and November 2016) and conducted three video interviews of DRC faculty project directors: Frank Gaughan, Janet Kaplan, and Lisa Merrill. In coordination with Academic Computing, the Business School, DRC’s Ethna Lay and Keri Crocco arranged for the conversion of an office in Mason to a Digital Recording Studio, where faculty and students can conduct interviews and create video content for distance learning, student projects, and Hofstra websites system-wide. Bryant and Lay presented at the DRC-hosted Pre-Conference Digital Humanities Session at the Seventeenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities, held at Hofstra U. 1-4 June 2017. International Activities: Beginning in 2014, Bryant has met with leaders in Università di Roma’s DigiLab to discuss TextLab and online translation; he also initiated a successful project to put the contents of the journal Studi Americani online. DRC’s work on developing our mapping/timeline tool Itinerary as an online web service culminated with Wyn Kelley’s MEL project “Melville in London,” which was demonstrated at the Twelfth International conference on Melville at King’s College London, 27-30 June 2017. DRC and MEL’s premier digital editing tool TextLab has attracted the interest of DiXiT (Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network), an initiative sponsored by the European Union, which seeks to test the tool’s suitability for mining textual data. Grant or Foundation Applications: DRC receives direct funding from Hofstra University but seeks supplemental support through grants. This year, DRC submitted letters of intent to the Mellon Foundation and the Gladys Brooks Foundation. Individual faculty project directors are encouraged to seek supplemental funding for their projects through Hofstra’s FRDG program. The NEH grant proposal for MEL written last fall was not funded. In his capacity as director of MEL and DRC, Bryant was named as a participant in three other grant applications (one Mellon and two NEH proposals). He also consulted on and contributed to an NEH grant proposal that would bring Christopher Niedt and Lawrence Levy in Suburban Studies together with James Levy at the University of Wisconsin. Measurable Outcomes for 2017/2018 Academic Year: Research: Continued development of two projects—headed by Lisa Merrill and Martha Hollander—will bring them to the MVP status, using TextLab: 40 Digital Research Center
Hofstra’s Lisa Merrill has partnered with Theresa Saxon (University of Central Lancashire, UK) to create a critical archive featuring Dion Boucicault’s highlysuccessful 1859 Louisiana plantation melodrama The Octoroon, which first played in New York but was repeatedly revised in London and Australia, and continues to be adapted today. Martha Hollander’s The Digital Van Mander is a scholarly, annotated edition of Karel Van Mander’s 1604 verse essay (in Old Dutch) on Art History and Aesthetics that will include Hollander’s own translation of the text. Initial development of two newly recruited DRC projects: Patricia Welch and Timothy Daniels’s Malaysian Shadow Puppets Christopher Niedt, Lawrence Levy, and James Levy’s Suburban and Rural Oral Histories project Development of Hofstra Archivist Geri Solomon’s 1849 Gold Rush diary project, to inaugurate DRC affiliation with Special Collections.
Curriculum and Teaching: Support for and encouragement of courses, system-wide, using DRC projects Support for development of HCLAS certificate program in Computer Science and English Continued discussions with DH advocates in Computer Science Inauguration of ENGL 192A, Introduction to Digital Humanities, taught by DRC associates Ethna Lay and Adam Sills Engagement and Community Service: DRC will seek broader interaction with social communities, regionally, nationally, and internationally. DRC and Other Hofstra Centers Continue affiliation with Hofstra’s Kalikow and Suburban Studies Centers Initiate affiliations with Center for Civic Engagement, Institute for Peace Studies, and Center for “Race,” Culture, and Social Justice Develop digital projects involving performance and oral histories—such as the “Black Suburbia” project associated with the Center for Suburban Studies and Hofstra Archive’s Herstory collection. DRC Events Organize gathering of DRC faculty directors with workshops, Fall 2017 Organize DREx on “Digital Pedagogy” (keynote speaker and symposium), April 2018 DRC Forum development: Blog, Faculty Interviews, News items International Activities: With a generous donation equivalent to his DREx 2017 keynote speaker fee, DHSI director Ray Siemens will waive tuition for three Hofstra faculty to attend his Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, in June 2018. DRC Lab’s active development of Merrill and Saxon’s Octoroon and Hollander’s Van Mander projects, as noted above, will have special civic and international implications. 41 Digital Research Center
Merrill and Saxon’s The Octoroon features antebellum content related to slavery, miscegenation, and abolition still relevant today. They have researched variant versions of the play in archives, and given presentations on their DRC-related work, in New York and throughout the UK and Europe. To ensure reliability of Hollander’s editorial work on The Digital Van Mander, DRC will arrange for a panel of international colleagues to vet her translation. Hofstra and Italy Exchange. Since 2014, Bryant has developed affiliations with colleagues at the University of Rome (Sapienza) and University of Naples (L’Orientale), and he will explore with Hofstra administration and Italianists at Hofstra the possibility of a faculty and student exchange program that will permit Italian students to work at Hofstra on DRC projects and Hofstra students to work in Italy on related digital projects.
Grant or Foundation Applications: Bryant will revise and resubmit his NEH Scholarly Editions grant proposal to fund MEL He will also explore other opportunities through NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities to fund DRC’s initiative to develop a digital humanities toolkit. Expected Staff/Leadership/Budget Changes in the Coming Year: DRC’s annual budget line of $185K covers director’s (part-time) compensation, funding for digital development of tools and web sites in our DRC Lab, maintenance of, going forward, more than ten sites and the DRC site, funding for two DRC meetings (including fees and travel expenses for four people for DREx, our annual Spring event), travel to digital conferences (3IF, DH, DHSI), and the development and maintenance of our DRC Forum, which includes newsletter, blog, reviews, interviews, and Livestreaming of sessions. DRC will ask the administration to consider two augmentations to the DRC budget. Supplemental Compensation for Program Manager (Continuing). Faculty Computing Services donates one hour a week of Keri Crocco’s time in her capacity as DRC’s program manager. Her duties include researching and maintaining equipment and services, coordinating two DRC meetings a year, scheduling faculty development, and assisting in content management. Already we are finding that her fifteen hours a semester are inadequate if DRC’s ten projects are to grow beyond minimal functionality into maturity. As more faculty projects come online, we anticipate that the demand for maintaining sites, training faculty, and assisting them with their content will require the services of a program manager, equivalent to an additional $40,000 a year. MEL Support (One-Time). Bryant’s flagship DRC project—the Melville Electronic Library (MEL)—was not approved for continued funding by NEH. Bryant will revise and resubmit his proposal in December but will also, in the coming year, research alternate funding opportunities. He estimates that for MEL to keep to its scheduled development of technology and content in 2017-2018, it would need $65,000, and will ask the University if it could assist in this one-time expenditure, Hofstra DRC and Italian Exchange. Mentioned above under International Activities, this proposed program would involve discussions leading to matching financial support between Hofstra and the Universities of Rome and Naples.
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Hofstra University Museum Center name:
Hofstra University Museum
Karen Albert, Deputy Director and Chief Curator Elisa Bruno, Museum Educator* David Coonan, Museum Educator* Elizabeth Dysart, Director of Education and Engagement Renee Kurot, School and Youth Program Coordinator* Karla Oderwald, Senior Assistant to the Director Amy Solomon, Museum Educator* Charmise Woodside-Desire, Communications Director* *Part-time
University Members: Robert Brinkmann Stan Cherian Neil H. Donahue Martha Hollander Cliff Jernigan Lauren Kozol James Lee John Lewis Carol D. Mallison Lisa Merrill Patricia Navarra Daniel Rubey Kristin Weingartner Patricia Welch Nassau Community Representatives: Carmen Ostolaza Joanne Spencer Erik Sumner Hofstra Student Representative: Jordan Siem Hofstra Ex Officio: Gail M. Simmons Melissa Connolly Bernard Firestone Terri Shapiro 43 Hofstra University Museum
Mission: The Hofstra University Museum advances knowledge and understanding through experiences with authentic works of art from the world’s diverse cultures. How does your center or institute address the university’s mission and goals? The Museum: Initiates and facilitates rich and varied cultural and artistic explorations and studies in an atmosphere that encourages curiosity and promotes the open exchange of ideas. Designs and offers exhibitions, programs and activities at highest standards to engage students and faculty in critical thinking, creativity and communication across disciplines and cultures. Works with faculty to ensure that experiences in the Museum directly connect to and help expand understanding of curricula, and of national and international issues. Provides opportunities for students outside the classroom to engage in research and dialogue and work opportunities as they prepare for continued engagement in the world beyond the campus. Key accomplishments: Research: Exhibitions Presented along with related publication (catalogue or brochure): Over the River: Transforming Long Island Political Slant II Dany Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement Converging Voices: Gender and Identity Women in Contrast National and International Conference Presentations: Participated on the planning of the 17th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders and Sexualities Regional Presentations: Nassau County Librarians – STEAM Education Balanced Mind – Art Educators Conference Curriculum and Teaching: Museum staff taught 74 Hofstra University classes and one class from Adelphi University. These sessions in the gallery included both graduate and undergraduate classes and represent the following schools: Health Professions and Human Services Honors College Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs School of Education School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Hofstra University Lawrence Herbert School of Communication 44 Hofstra University Museum
For each of the 74 classes, Museum’s educators worked with the faculty to understand the goals, topics, and relevant assignments and readings in order to develop a gallery session in which students are active participants “mining” the content of the works of art to gain a deeper and more layered understanding of the class topics. These works may involve art on view in the current exhibition or works from the permanent collections, selected with faculty, and moved into the gallery for the session. Piloted a program with School of Education working with two students who spent one third of their Participant Observation time with the Museum educators learning new strategies, practices and approaches to teaching. Piloted year-long program with NOAH freshman who participated in a gallery session during summer, fall and spring. Served as faculty in the first Medical Humanities course offered at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. Piloted student research project involving 2 students and an art history faculty member; students assisted in research related to an upcoming exhibition. Collaborated with several departments on the New Student Orientation/First Year Connections programs. Taught 6 summer HS Continuing Ed sessions.
Engagement and Community Service: Participated with Center for Civic Engagement in the Day of Dialogue and piloted “Let’s Talk” events – series of student-led conversations in the gallery related to the exhibition, Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement. Co-sponsored “Suburban Sustainability: A Symposium” with the National Center for Suburban Studies in conjunction with the exhibition Over the River: Transforming Long Island. Participated in the University’s Pipeline Program meeting with 3 classes of students during the summer connecting Science, Health and Art. Offered programs with the Speech and Learning Center’s Aphasia Program. Offered six programs open to the public. Partnered with 14 local schools and their third grade classes (775 students) who participated in Art Travelers through Time: Literacy and History through Art. Museum Educators work with each class 6 times throughout the year, including two visits to the Museum and campus. Students use authentic works of art as the catalyst for learning. Program connects and integrates various disciplines, cultures and time periods engaging students in the thrill of learning. Partnered with Elmont School District seeing all (23) 4th grade classes (480 students) who visit the Museum where they gain literacy experience by learning to “read” the works of art on view. Students also tour the campus, often the first time they have experienced what a college looks like (connecting to the NYS Education K-12 goal being “College and Career Readiness.”). Participated in NYS 21st Century Community Learning Centers program with Freeport School District working with all third graders in one school (105 students). Piloted program, Enrichment to Excellence, with Freeport School District engaging 175 middle school students identified as “almost at risk” after school. Program provides 45 Hofstra University Museum
authentic learning opportunities three times a week to engage and excite students about the learning process. Offered family programs on the second Saturday of each month, engaging local communities as well as the Hofstra community. Participated in Hofstra family and parent events such as the Tulip Tour and Tea (providing a tour of the outdoor sculpture) and Homecoming weekend events. Staff members participated in leadership roles in regional and local museum organizations.
International Activities: N/A. Grant or Foundation Funds Received/Applications: New York State Council on the Arts (received $16,000; ends 12/31/17) National Endowment for the Arts (awarded $10,000 for 6/1/2017-5/31/18) New York State Council on the Arts: $22,000 multi-year grant pending (will hear 9/2017) Fundraising: Long Island Community Foundation: $25,000 pending (will hear 8/2017) Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation (not yet submitted, working with the Library and Special Collections) Other: Gifts in Kind: 98 works of art were accepted into the collections (14 prints, 9 paintings, 2 African works, 73 photographs)
Measurable Outcomes for 2017/2018 Academic Year: Articulate vision and plan for the Museum to integrate into the curricular goals of schools and departments. This will require meetings with deans and chairs to plan several courses that can be developed, as well as the possibility of a minor in museum studies (name to be determined, essentially cross discipline studies based on objects). Raise $100,000 for exhibitions, staff and programs. Establish new relationships with high profile organizations, such as Bethpage Federal Credit Union, and people, such as Kathleen Stanley, as part of long-range development and sustainability plans. Develop plan for Yonia Fain collection: research, document, strategize how to use. Mount four quality exhibitions and related programming. Expected Staff/Leadership/Budget Changes in the Coming Year: Staff: The Museum will lose one PT externally funded position (as of Aug. 31) due to the end of grant funding, and will gain 3 new staff members (July-Aug): one FT and one PT as per staff reorganization, one PT externally-funded replacement. Budget: We will have the following additional expenses: 46 Hofstra University Museum
Moving staff offices to Memorial Hall (Summer 2017) Rectifying buckled floor installation in Emily Lowe Gallery (December 2017)
Centennial - Art Travelers 3rd Grade Students.
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Long Island Studies Institute Center name:
Long Island Studies Institute
Victoria Aspinwall - Assistant to the Director Bronwyn Hannon - Acquisitions Curator Debra Willett - Education Coordinator Michael O’Connor - Processing Archivist
Mission: The Long Island Studies Institute (LISI) is one of three areas that fall under the umbrella of Special Collections. The mission of LISI is to make our research collections available to scholars, teachers, students and the general public. We strive to provide our researchers with a comprehensive collection of archival materials, hard to find print resources as well as maps, periodicals and publications that pertain to Long Island and its heritage. It is our goal to provide instruction on using these resources to teach first time researchers how to properly handle and get the most from the items they are consulting. We are also charged with the preservation of all materials in our care. How does your center or institute address the university’s mission and goals? In order to provide a quality education at Hofstra, our students must learn to do research on a variety of topics. In tandem with faculty, we hold classes to introduce students to archival materials pertinent to their curriculum and their class assignments on both the undergraduate and graduate level. Key accomplishments: Curriculum and Teaching: This year students from Professor Doubleday’s History of Friendship class completed term length papers using archival collections. Professor Ethna Lay’s class of writing students used archival collections to interpret the theme of “home” and created blogs about their archival objects. Professor Mario Ruiz’ class “New York before and after September 11th” examined archival documents in the September 11th Collection and each student chose an aspect of the collection to create their term paper. Professor Jase Bernhardt assigned two student interns to track weather patterns by using farm diaries located in our collections. Associate Dean Pasupathi brought 2 faculty members and 1 honors college student in to view archival documents related to slavery on Long Island in the hopes of doing further research. As a result of these classes, 123 visits for student research took place in the Reading Room.
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Engagement and Community Service: Special Collections posts to a large number of social media outlets to allow individuals both on and off campus to view items within our collections. This includes Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Flickr, and the recently added Instagram. The department is also responsible for exhibits on the 10th floor, main floor and ground floor of Axinn Library. We consider this another way to introduce the campus to the holdings of the department. We also sponsor student art exhibitions on the ground floor and work with the art faculty to have formal “shows” for students during the year. This year we hosted 3 shows for art students. LISI preserves and makes available several collections that community organizations have donated as they do not have proper records storage facilities or staff to accommodate possible researchers. These collections include: Long Island Traditions (an oral history collection that is comprised of over 500 interviews with Long Island maritime and farming families, as well as diverse ethnic groups); the Retired Teachers of Brentwood (an oral history collection of over 100 teachers in Suffolk County); Fair Media Council FOLIO Awards Collection; the Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives Collection; and the Long Island Philharmonic Collection. LISI is currently working on a cooperative project with HERSTORY so that the written word of women who have been abused, imprisoned or are living in poverty can be preserved and shared for research purposes. The written stories will be uploaded and cataloged and made available through the Special Collections website. International Activities: LISI is visited by scholars from around the world and research requests come in from many different countries. This year requests have come from Australia, Italy, the United Kingdom and Sweden. Grant or Foundation Funds Received/Applications: Two grants were submitted by LISI this year (one received and the other pending): The Gardiner Foundation funded $100,800. This grant is in support of processing the Hart/Nichols Collection, acquisition of select Long Island materials and student research projects. A second grant was submitted to the New York State Department of Education, Documentary Heritage Program for funding to support the processing of a World War I Collection. In addition, LISI is participating in an additional grant submitted to the NEH under the auspices of the National Center for Suburban Studies. Fundraising: The American Legion supports the LISI collections by contributing gift dollars to commemorate their membership. This year, approximately $3,000 was raised.
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Measurable Outcomes for 2017/2018 Academic Year: Curriculum and Teaching: Continue to partner with faculty to hold classes in Special Collections and use archival materials for assignments and term papers. In addition to the current faculty that we work with, in discussions with an Art History faculty member to use archival materials for study in classes for fall 2017. Engagement and Community Service: Continue to encourage students from local school districts to use archival materials to create oral histories of their community members. Currently partnered with the National Center for Suburban Studies to house the Latino interviews of community members in Special Collections. Grant or Foundation Applications: Submission of additional grant to Gardiner Foundation and to the NY Department of Education, Documentary Heritage Program to support processing of collections, as well as preservation of materials.
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National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University Center name:
National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University
Christopher Niedt Sandra Garren Martine Hackett Ina Katz
Mission: To advance the goals of suburban sustainability, social equity, and economic development through research, education, and public outreach. To enrich the public understanding of suburban life in the United States and beyond, while collaboratively and inclusively promoting new and creative responses to problems and opportunities as they emerge over time. NCSS focuses on projects related to suburban diversity, social and economic justice, education, sustainability, government and politics, recovered histories, and arts and culture. We seek to bridge these fields in research, policy, and practice. To this end, the center conducts original research; facilitates scholarly exchange; provides venues for conversation between scholars and practitioners in the public, private, and non-profit sectors; and applies insights gained to solve suburban problems. How does your center or institute address the university’s mission and goals? Through community-based research opportunities for students, including real world work for credit or pay, NCSS fully embraces Hofstra’s mission to provide a quality education “in an environment that encourages, nurtures, and supports learning through the free and open exchange of ideas, for the betterment of humankind.” By providing a collaborative environment in which faculty helps determines subjects and uses of research, NCSS supports Hofstra’s commitment “to academic freedom and the transmission, advancement, and preservation of knowledge for its own academic community and for the community at large.” Moreover, all NCSS work, including consulting, demands academic excellence. All eight bulleted goals in Hofstra’s Mission Statement could be substituted for the NCSS’. We have been especially successful in advancing our non-partisan research agenda with an emphasis on objective data-driven approaches to suburban problems, on cross-disciplinary collaboration among faculty and students, on respect for the ideas and prerogatives of the communities in which we work, and an effort to cultivate and assist diverse groups of people and develop cultural and linguistic competencies – all on a global scale.
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Key accomplishments: Research: Peer-reviewed Journals: Niedt, Christopher and Christophers, Brett. 2016. “Value at Risk in the Suburbs: Eminent Domain, Mortgage Acquisition, and the Foreclosure Crisis.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 40: 1094-1111. Christophers, Brett and Christopher Niedt. 2016. “Resisting Devaluation: Foreclosure, Eminent Domain Law, and the Geographical Political Economy of Risk.” Environment and Planning A 48 (3): 485-503. National and International Conference Presentations: Niedt: Official Guest of the Faculty of Philosophy, Leibniz University Hannover. May 26-June 2, 2017. Invited Lecture: “Changing Suburbs, Swing Votes, and Realignment in the 2012 and 2016 Election.” Hannover, Germany, May 29. Niedt: Invited Lecture, “New Challenges to Suburban Homeownership: Critiques and Consequences.” Instituto Superior Técnico. Lisbon, Portugal. Niedt: “The Suburban World Turned Upside-Down?: Redefining Suburban Property, Homeownership, and Space in New Jersey and New York.” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Niedt: Panelist, “Forum on Race, Place, and Opportunity.” Building One America, Princeton University. Niedt: Panelist, “Housing and Transportation Issues in the Suburbs,” Suburban Sustainability: A Symposium, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY. Levy: Panelist, Political Post-Mortem, symposium co-organized by Kalikow Center and NCSS, with Howard Dean and Ed Rollins. Levy: Panelist, Suburban Presidential Politics symposium, at George Mason University, Washington DC, at which a new National Suburban Poll was released. Levy: Panelist, Conference on Asian American Suburbanites, Stony Brook University Levy, moderator and panelist, Health and Housing symposium, Hofstra Levy, AARP symposium on demographics of retirement needs. Martine Hackett, Health and Housing Report and Presentation in June 2016. The title of the report is: Steier, R., Jill, Hackett, M. Health and Housing: One Year Later. Community Development Corporation of Long Island. June 2016. Hackett, "Bridging the Gap to Deliver Culturally Competent, Health Literate Care" was presented at the Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s 16th Annual Health Literacy Conference in May 2017 and was also accepted for the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare & Health Literacy Research Conference October 2017. Hackett, Long Island Community Academic Partnership (LICARP), Identifying health needs in Roosevelt, New York: A community-based participatory research partnership for health equity was accepted to be presented at the American Public Health Association's Annual Conference in November 2017 Levy: wrote forward to book published by Harvard Graduate School of Design, “The Storm, The Strife, and Everyday Life: Sea Changes in Suburbia.”
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Curriculum and Teaching: Created an “affiliated faculty” corps of 20 current and former professors who are working individually or collaboratively on center initiatives. Held a “retreat” attended by 32 faculty and staff to brainstorm ways they can work together to develop research and community engagement that would advance a “suburban agenda” for positive change. Student Research/Sustainability: Long Beach, NY Rooftop Solar Project. This project entails a survey of residential homes currently with rooftop solar and interviews of commercial properties that have installed solar. In addition, a survey of existing policies and programs was conducted. The results will help inform the City of Long Beach’s sustainability goals. Needs Assessment for Sustainable Business: Long Island, NY. A comprehensive survey encompassing environmental, social, and economic sustainability administered to businesses on Long Island. A “needs” assessment will be created to better understand what is required for sustainable business in suburban regions. Water Quality Management and Policy Response in the Oyster Bay Watershed. Oyster Bay has experienced elevated levels of nitrogen and fecal coliform from a variety of sources. This study compiles water quality data and surveys policies and programs. A geospatial database and technical report will result in Phase I. Assessing Sustainability: Long Island Sustainability Scorecard Framework. A comprehensive list of indicators encompassing environmental, social, and economic sustainability will be created. This assessment will help measure sustainability across LI and become an outline for measuring best sustainability practices. Environmental Health: Long Island Presence of 1,4-dioxane. A visually appealing map of Long Island concentrations of 1,4-dioxane. The concentrations of 1,4-dioxane will be analyzed with respect to state-imposed standards. Data will be collected from water districts to contrast national and regional trends. Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Salt Marshes in Suburban Communities. Sea level rise has lasting effects on coastal habitats. This research analyzes policies to manage and conserve. The research will determine any changes in land use due to sea level rise in salt marsh communities and contribute policy recommendations. Campus Sustainability/Hofstra Student Gardens. Hofstra sustainability students have prepared a comprehensive historical report documenting sustainable activities on campus. In addition, the student garden has been ongoing for several years and a planned expansion is scheduled for the summer/fall 2017. Engagement and Community Service: Celebration of Suburban Diversity dinner. Brought together 600 people of various races, religions, ethnicities and other backgrounds to embrace the importance of diversity in our communities. Profits supported $125,000 in diversity related activities through the Provost office, including campus climate study and diversity research stipends. Funding of more than two dozen initiatives by community groups related to diversity or sustainability.
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Pro bono assistance of Uniondale Community Land Trust and other groups in underserved neighborhoods, including Roosevelt, New Cassel, Freeport, Wyandanch and Huntington Station. Pro bono writing of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council annual report, which over the last six years of doing so has helped bring nearly $500 million to the region, including millions of dollars to Hofstra. Professional Development services provided at Hempstead Middle School, $100,000 contract. Dean Levy was honoree and keynote speaker at more than a dozen community events. Levy and Niedt appeared dozens of times on local, regional and national media. Martine Hackett and Levy worked on project with CDC and Hempstead Housing Authority to improve health outcomes of residents, $23,000. Suburban Oral History Project, in the fifth year of a $225,000 grant from the Turan Family Foundation, featured a heralded collaboration with the Schomburg Center in Harlem to produce exhibition “Black Suburbia: From Levittown to Ferguson.” The Oral History project also yielded a documentary by award winning filmmaker Jordon Crafton and continuation of courses at selected LI middle schools. Hempstead Poverty Reduction Project, Levy and Niedt principal writers, overseeing teams of community participants, $12,500. Pro bono assistance to Self Help, NYC not-for-profit, in efforts to build affordable senior housing in Freeport. Contract pending. Accessory Housing study, basis of major LI Index report on issue, $10,000. A new phase in ten years of research in New Cassel, pro bono. Evaluating Port Washington Library literacy program for adults with developmental and other disabilities, Jenny Roberts, $9,000. Long Beach Solar Energy potential, pro bono study for city hall. Completed study on Canada Geese study, state grant $5,000. NCSS organized three conferences, a national symposium on Suburban Politics with George Mason University; and two local ones, Suburban Sustainability in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, and The Intersection of Health and Housing in community renewal.
International Activities: See Niedt presentations in Portugal and Germany. Grant or Foundation Funds Received/Applications: Dolan Family Foundation, $100,000, continued work from prior year on Roosevelt Childhood Obesity project Foundation for Innovations in Medical Research, $25,000, Roosevelt Childhood Obesity project and other health related activities with MPH program, overseen by Martine Hackett. Robert Catell (personal fund), $50,000, to support Sustainability Studies research. Scott Rechler (Starfish Foundation), $25,000, to support Diversity-related activities Bethpage Federal Credit Union, $15,000 for diversity related scholarships to high school diversity essay contest winners.
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National Endowment for the Humanities, applied for $47,000 Level I grant with scholars/researchers from University of Wisconsin and Stanford.
Measurable Outcomes for 2017/2018 Academic Year: NCSS plans to continue all the above mentioned initiatives, with a particular focus on community based research relating to the underserved. We will seek to convert pro bono efforts into revenue producers, and aggressively seek contracts, grants and gifts for diversity, sustainability and health related work. We hope to initiate at least $47,000 of grant-supported work on childhood obesity in Roosevelt. We expect the Diversity Dinner to generate $125,000 for Provost diversity-related initiatives, and to fund about $40,000 in community initiatives (in part to promote the Diversity Dinner and community engagement goals). We are seeking $100,000-300,000 from the Dolan Foundation to support sustainability efforts, particularly a renovation of the Bird Sanctuary into a regional Environmental Learning Center. We expect another $50,000 from Scott Rechler to support diversity and other center activities, especially a collaboration with the Regional Plan Association. We are pursuing (as finalists) a substantial state contract to oversee educational outreach in the Mill River reclamation project We expect a Long Island Regional Planning Council contract to work on the nitrogen reduction project. We have scheduled, in collaboration with the Kalikow School, a symposium on a Suburban Political Agenda. We will work on research and training related to the U-CLT on a $5,000 state grant. We hope to upgrade our website, keeping it more current, accessible and reflective of the large amount of work going on at NCSS.
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Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency Center name:
Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency
Dr. Meena Bose
Organizational support from HCLAS Dean’s Office and Hofstra Cultural Center
Kara Alaimo Philip Dalton Carolyn Eisenberg Paul Fritz Richard Himelfarb Lisa Merrill
Mission: To engage students, faculty, staff, and the larger community in informed analysis of key issues about the presidency and American politics. How does your center or institute address the university’s mission and goals? Kalikow Center provides educational opportunities for students, faculty, and the larger community to learn about and participate in the study of the American presidency. Through conferences, lectures, seminars, and symposia that bring to campus leading scholars, current and former public officials, political strategists, and journalists, the Center bridges institutional analysis and contemporary assessment of presidential leadership and policy making. Key accomplishments: Curriculum and Teaching: Ed Rollins co-taught PSC 121, American Presidency, with Professor Richard Himelfarb, in Spring 2017. Engagement and Community Service: Kalikow Center Senior Presidential Fellows Howard Dean and Ed Rollins participated in public panels and other events, and met with classes in both Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. Ed Rollins participated in a pre- and post-debate analysis for trustees, administrators, and other invited guests at the University Club for the presidential debate hosted at Hofstra on September 26, 2016. The Kalikow Center hosted two panels in Fall 2016: “Still the Superpower? How Will the United States Lead in the World in 2017?” and co-sponsored with the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, “What Was the President-Elect’s Road to Victory in 2016?” The Kalikow Center hosted one panel in Spring 2017: “What Do the First Hundred Days Teach About the Trump Presidency?” 56 Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency
The Kalikow Center and School of Education hosted the sixth annual symposium for high-school students with Howard Dean and Ed Rollins in March 2017. Close to 1,000 high school students participated, and their teachers selected the best essay in each class on topics about the American presidency and American politics developed by the Kalikow Center and School of Education. The top essays have been published in a booklet for participating schools. The Kalikow Center and Business Development Center hosted a Distinguished Lecture Series luncheon with Dean and Rollins, “What Are the Leadership Prospects for President-Elect Donald Trump in 2017?” in November 2016. Kalikow Center Director Dr. Bose participated in many radio, television, and digital interviews about the 2016 presidential election and the early Trump presidency.
Measurable Outcomes for 2017/2018 Academic Year: Research: The Kalikow Center published three edited volumes that contain selected articles and commentary from Hofstra’s March 2015 Conference on the George W. Bush Presidency. Meena Bose, ed., The George W. Bush Presidency, Volume I: The Constitution, Politics, and Policymaking (Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, 2016). Meena Bose and Richard Himelfarb, eds., The George W. Bush Presidency, Volume II: Domestic and Economic Policy (Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, 2016). Meena Bose and Paul Fritz, eds., The George W. Bush Presidency, Volume III: Foreign Policy (Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, 2016). The Kalikow Center hosted a one-day interdisciplinary symposium titled “How Has Social Media Transformed Politics and Policy Making in 2016-17?” on February 16, 2017. Nationally recognized scholars in communication studies, political science, and public relations presented their research on this topic. A larger conference on the topic may be developed by Kalikow Center faculty board members. Curriculum and Teaching: The Kalikow Center hosted a screening of the PBS documentary American Umpire on September 14, 2016, as well as a discussion with diplomatic historian Lisa Cobbs, author of the book that is the basis for the film. The first two students completed Hofstra’s new undergraduate presidential studies minor, which started in 2014-15. Peter Kalikow hosted a luncheon in New York City for students who have been active in Kalikow Center programs.
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Post-Election Panel Photo, November 15, 2016
Peter Kalikow and Students, May 2017
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Kalikow – “Still the Superpower?” October 2016
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The Center for Children, Families, and the Law Center name:
The Center for Children, Families, and the Law
A. Gail Prudenti
Matthew Kiernan, Director of Policy and Planning Bonita Ricks, Special Projects Coordinator Olivia Porter, Administrative Assistant
Board Members: Hon. Jeffrey Sunshine, Chair Gail Broder Katz, Esq. Nancy Burner, Esq. Kim Ciesinski, Esq. Hon. Andrew Crecca Hon. Edmund Dane Cynthia Diaz, Esq. Prof. J. Herbie DiFonzo Donna England, Esq. Stacy Eves, Esq. Samuel J. Ferrara Rene P. Flechter, Esq. Stephen Gassman, Esq. Suzanne Gavin Hon. Lara J. Genovesi Harriet Weinberger, Esq.
Hon. Sharon M. J. Gianelli Hon. Jeffrey Goodstein Warren Graham Saundra M. Gumerove, Esq. Jennifer Gundlach Charles Hammerman William Kaplan M.D. Susan Kaufman, Esq. Matthew Kiernan, Esq. Hon. Jeffrey Lebowitz Prof. Theo Liebmann Donna Martini Prof. Paul Meller Teresa Ombres, Esq. Jed L. Paniter Hon. Hope Schwartz Zimmerman
Hon. C. Raymond Radigan Kieth Rieger, Esq. Lee Rosenberg, Esq. Prof. Andrew Schepard Stephen Schlissel, Esq. Lois Schwaeber, Esq. Crystal Screen Esq. Joe Scroppo, J.D., Ph.D. Gladys Serrano, LCSW Hon. Denise L. Sher Hon. Madeline Singas Hon. Conrad Singer Jill C. Stone, Esq. Hon. Linda Tally Zenith T. Taylor, Esq.
Mission: The Center was established in 2001 in response to the urgent need for more effective representation of children and families in crisis. Its mission is to provide interdisciplinary education, community service and research to benefit children and families engaged in the legal system. Through the Center, students are afforded unique opportunities to participate in community service, public policy projects, and research. The goal is for the students to not only experience how their legal studies apply in society, but also to truly make a difference. How does your center or institute address the university’s mission and goals? The Center addresses the university's mission and goals in several key ways. First, through our service to those in our community who need help, best exemplified by our 17A Guardianship Demonstration Project, we cultivate the student’s social and ethical responsibility. Second, by sponsoring our conference presentations, we have demonstrated Hofstra’s commitment to providing information required to advance knowledge. Finally, our Family Law Practicum, in which our law students collaborated with students in the psychology department in an interdisciplinary fashion allowed the participants to enjoy enhanced learning opportunities through cross-cultural competencies. 62 The Center for Children, Families, and the Law
Key accomplishments: Research: Publications: The Family Court Review (FCR) is under the Center’s umbrella. FCR is an international, interdisciplinary family law peer-reviewed quarterly journal in which Hofstra Law Students serve as editorial staff. In conjunction with the FCR Seminar, eight Hofstra Student Notes are published annually in the FCR. National Conference Presentations: Matrimonial Summit Practice in New York in the 21st Century: The Bar's Role in Shaping Change - Friday March 10, 2017 Divorcing and Separating Families: Transforming Crisis into Opportunities - Thursday, October 27, 2016 Curriculum and Teaching: FCR Seminar Class Family Law Practicum Article 17A Guardianship Engagement and Community Service: Article 17A Guardianship: Students assisted 8 AHRC families in obtaining guardianship for their children. International Activities: Met with representatives of Aberdeen University regarding possible joint projects. Grant or Foundation Funds Received/Applications: AHRC: $25,000 applied / received LICF: $15,000 applied / received Fundraising: Law Day Celebration - Honoring Matrimonial and Family Court Supervising Judges May 1, 2017 (raised $37,000) Outstanding Women in the Law April 15, 2017 (raised $75,000) Honoring Heroes: A Celebration of Veterans, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Service Workers - Thursday, October 27, 2016 (raised $34,440) Pledges: Judith Livingston and Tom Moore Family Foundation - $300,000 Elaine and John Kanas Family Foundation - $50,000 Abrams Fensterman - $10,000 Measurable Outcomes for 2017/2018 Academic Year: Conference: Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Family Law: The Real and the Ideal. Friday, November 30, 2017 Navigator Program: Allows Hofstra Law Students to assist the self-represented in Nassau Matrimonial Court 63 The Center for Children, Families, and the Law
The Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy and Hofstra Bioethics Center Center name:
Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy (the “Institute”) and Hofstra Bioethics Center (the “Center”). The Institute’s work is integrally connected to that of the Center; this report covers the work of both, though it focuses primarily on the work of the Institute.
Melissa Kessler, Associate Director, Gitenstein Institute/Center Coordinator, Hofstra Bioethics Center Sam Packer, Co-Director, Hofstra Bioethics Center Michelle Wallace 4 Senior Fellows (recent law school graduates who assist with Institute projects)
Mission: The primary purpose of the Gitenstein Institute is to unite students, faculty, attorneys, caregivers, clinicians, policymakers and community partners to transform the U.S. healthcare system. Our mission includes: Creating direct services as well as focused policy, research and advocacy initiatives to address the needs of underserved members in our community; Adopting and expanding partnerships that help to broaden the impact and scope of our model initiatives; and Developing and implementing interdisciplinary methods to engage students in work that paves the way for positive change in the U.S. health care system How does your center or institute address the university’s mission and goals? The mission of the Institute and that of the Center echo each of the University’s mission objectives (except the first, which focuses on undergraduate education). The Institute and Center, together, provide interdisciplinary educational opportunities for law students, medical students, and public health students, as well as professionals in each of these fields. Further, the Institute and the Center engage actively in community outreach. Key accomplishments: The Institute and Center’s most significant projects during the last year include the development and implementation of major health law and policy symposia and conferences, creation of a longitudinal dataset on advance care planning law in the form of a legal map, design of CLE programs, spearheading an education protocol on advance care planning (“The CHAT Project”), running a successful certificate program in Clinical Bioethics, and preparing a (largely student written) blog on Bioethics and the Law. Each of these projects includes a research, educative, and community component.
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Curriculum and Teaching: Health Law Fellowship and Student Development: Under the Microscope: one of the Institute’s Senior Fellows offers a non-credit program to first year students interested in health law. The program examines connections between first-year law courses and the work of a health-law attorney. Students have done research and written blogs for our bioethics blog (https://hofstrabioethics.wordpress.com/). In addition, among many other matters, they have created new legal tools for advance care planning, assisting with the development of academic symposia, preparing a health law resource guide, training to participate in CHAT program. Speaker Series (2016 and upcoming events): Mission Critical Veterans Health Summit: Addressing the Invisible Wounds of our Nation’s Veterans (April 2016) TRANSforming the Landscape: Health Care Law & Advocacy for Transgender Clients (November 2016) Moving the Needle: Navigating Disability Law for Lawyers and Non-Lawyers in the Healthcare Setting Master of Arts and LLM in Health Law: Gitenstein has assisted the law school in development of an online master’s degree in health law, which officially launched in 2016 with great success. Certificate in Clinical Bioethics: This program offers students exposure to bioethics theory and to the skills required of legal and clinical ethicists within hospital and nursing home settings. Each class presents students with an ethical challenge considered by both a court of law and by a hospital ethics committee. J.D./M.P.H. Program: In 2016 we accepted our first two J.D./M.P.H. joint degree candidates. Both students are thriving in their 1L year at the Law School and will begin to take public health courses next year. Engagement and Community Service: CHAT: Conversations, Health and Treatments: CHAT, an interdisciplinary effort between the Institute and the Northwell Health System, educates community residents of many ethnic and religious groups and of different class groups about preparing for complex medical decisions, including end-of-life decisions. The project is a resource for clinicians and their patients, community leaders, and faith-based leaders. CHAT participants clarify the legal dimensions of advance care planning so that patients, in conversation with family members and/or friends, complete legal documentation needed to identify surrogate decision makers and delineate their wishes should they need medical decisions and not have the capacity to make them. We have developed a partnership with IPRO (http://ipro.org/), to work specifically with clinicians using a “train-the-trainer” model. (The term “IPRO” is an acronym for “improving healthcare for the common good.”) We have been making CHAT presentations for IPRO groups and have many more scheduled for the next few months. Several groups to which we have already presented the project have asked that we come back with our students, who help patients/clients understand the legal dimensions of advance care planning, assist them in 65 The Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy and Hofstra Bioethics Center
completing relevant documentation, and ensure (with the patient/client’s agreement) that relevant legal forms are filed with each patient’s primary-care doctor. Students have participated in the CHAT project in numerous ways since its inception. In 2016 students utilized their legal research skills to help develop and bring to life a legal map that has been made available on our website as a public resource. The legal map is a longitudinal, interactive dataset on advance care planning law. Users can now interact with this groundbreaking database, presented in the form of a clickable map, and ascertain the parameters of the law in this area in all 50 states from the inception of advance care planning law to the present. We anticipate that this robust tool will be of immense value to the Bench, Bar, academia, and the lay public. In 2017, students will look at clinical mapping data alongside the existing legal data. The addition of clinical data will offer the basis for comprehensive analytics designed to achieve consensus on best practices. These analytics will, in turn, encourage and facilitate CHAT advocacy projects, based on the findings regarding “best practices” in advance care planning laws among the 50 states. Visit the CHAT website at www.thechatproject.org. Mission Critical Veterans Resource Center (“Mission Critical”): Mission Critical’s broad mission is to “serve the local veteran community by delivering coordinated and accessible educational, clinical, legal and social resources in a centralized location.” Mission Critical aims to provide a comprehensive set of services available by engaging the participation of many Hofstra departments, but for the purpose of this document, we will focus on the legal services that are being made available to veterans through Mission Critical. We spent 2016 setting up the first service, the Veterans Law Clinic, which is part of our suite of legal services to be implemented as part of the Mission Critical project. Hofstra Law School has offered pro bono legal services to local veterans several times a year for a number of years, relying on the work of law students and local attorneys. The Institute's work broadens and institutionalizes this effort with a focus on health related legal initiatives. The Veterans Law Clinic ("VLC") commenced this semester. It engages Hofstra law students in the representation of veterans submitting claims for "service connected disabilities" to the Veterans Administration. Additionally, VLC students (supervised by Janet Dolgin and Gary Port) work with veterans who were discharged less than honorably, but unjustly, in obtaining discharge upgrades. These discharge upgrades are an integral part of assuring that veterans receive the physical- and mental-health services to which they are entitled. The VLC is already seeing a large influx of clients who need our services. The VLC is located at the Law School. It is also part of the Starbucks "Military Mondays." The Military Mondays program offers the use of a local Starbucks facility as meeting space with potential clients of the law school Project. In addition to space, Starbucks provides free coffee and advertisement of the project. Our law school is the first to implement the Military Mondays program in New York State. 66 The Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy and Hofstra Bioethics Center
The VLC was designed to carry out three legal tasks, all now underway: Advising veterans about legal options during the Starbucks Military Mondays meetings; Representing clients in claims to the Board of Veterans Appeals and before the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims; Assisting veterans with discharge upgrades in cases in which veterans have been inappropriately discharged other than honorably. Hofstra law students have performed research to assess available legal resources and identified gaps in legal resources on Long Island in order to help develop a framework for the clinic; assisted with planning our 2016 conference, Mission Critical Veterans Health Summit: Addressing the Invisible Wounds of Our Nation's Veterans. We are proud to note that this conference was featured (as a symposium) in Vol. 45 of the Hofstra Law Review; carried out research on complex issues faced by the female veteran population for the development of a specific set of services, including legal services, for female veterans available through Mission Critical. In addition, this research provides crucial background material for advocacy work for female vets. Eight students participated in our VLC during the spring 2017. Fundraising: Abraham Fuchsberg Family Foundation The Commonwealth Fund Florence V. Burden Foundation Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program The Vidda Foundation Expected Staff/Leadership/Budget Changes in the Coming Year: We do not expect any significant staff or leadership changes in the coming year. We hope, of course, to raise additional funds so that we can meet additional Institute and Center needs.
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