CoCo Convos: Connecting Community & Identity in Research, Inquiry & Practice

A weekly dinner, discussion and skill share open to Hampshire students, staff and faculty
Every Wednesday, from 6pm-7:30pm, Airport Lounge (APL)
Dinner w/ Vegetarian, Gluten-Free & Vegan Options

FEBRUARY 12             The Mind Explained: Memories
Watch a short video, try out some memory tricks and learn how to create a Memory Palace.
-Hosted by the Culture, Brain & Development Program (CBD)

FEBRUARY 19             Why People of Color Need Identity Spaces
Students and staff from the Cultural Center will lead a discussion about the need for identity-based spaces for people of color.
-Hosted by the Cultural Center

FEBRUARY 26             Pathways to Higher Ed
Hampshire students and staff/students from community sites share how their partnerships help under-represented middle and high school students access higher ed and career options. After the panel, talk with community partners about work study, internships and other opportunities for HC students.
-Hosted by Critical Studies in Childhood Youth & Learning (CYL)

MARCH 4              Money for Students: Grants Info Session
Need funding for your divisional work? Trying to support an independent project, internship or volunteer position? Learn how to find grant funding on campus & meet staff from those programs. Get tips on how to write a strong grant proposal & put together a budget.
-Hosted by CORC, CYL, CBD, ECG, GEO, James Baldwin Scholars Program, RW Kern Center, Cognitive Sciences & Natural Sciences.

MARCH 11              Community Engaged Projects Panel
Hear from students who received grant funding to support their community-engaged projects, volunteer placements, internships and research. They’ll talk about how it all went, including the ups and downs they encountered, what kinds of resources they needed, and how other students might create their own academic path at Hampshire and in the community.
-Hosted by CYL, CBD, ECG, Entrepreneurship, and the James Baldwin Scholars Program

APRIL 15              Mental Health and Schooling
The context of schooling not only affects the academic and motivational competencies of learners, but can also affect their emotional functioning. We will hear from some practitioners about some of the ways schools both negatively and positively affect learners’ mental health and about the trauma informed programs and supports that exist to improve mental health and resilience. After a short presentation and discussion, there will be opportunities to speak individually with providers to learn more about their work.
-Hosted by Critical Studies in Childhood Youth & Learning (CYL)

APRIL 29              Mutual Aid and Organizing: The Future We Need Starts Now
Join us for a conversation with activists and organizers exploring questions about mutual aid, collective care, and organizing in this time of COVID-19 including: What are some tools and strategies people are leaning on to get through this time collectively and equitably? How can we leverage this moment to create lasting transformational change?
Presenters: Kenneth Bailey, Design Studio for Social Intervention; Latishia James-Portis, Move to End Violence; Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Writer, Organizer, Performance Artist, and Educator; and Andrea Schmid, Pioneer Valley Workers Center
-Hosted by ECG, CLPP, and the Wellness Center

MAY 4              Community Commons Summer Grants Info Session
Join us for the last CoCo session of the semester—say goodbye, celebrate our Div III grads, and learn about a special round of grant funding available to Hampshire students for remote summer internships and projects during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how and when to apply, what expenses can be included and get tips for how to put together a successful proposal.
-Hosted by CBD, CYL, CORC, CPSC, ECG, and the James Baldwin Scholars Program

All students, staff, and faculty are welcome. No need to register—drop in any time! Friendly People! Yummy Food!  Earn CEL-1 credits for each meeting you attend

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Sponsored by the Community Commons, a collaboration of Hampshire College programs, including: Critical Studies in Childhood Youth & Learning, Career Options Resource Center, Civil Liberties & Public Policy, Culture, Brain & Development, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, Ethics & the Common Good, GEO, Hampshire Farm, James Baldwin Scholars, Johnson Library Knowledge Commons, Kern Center, LeBron-Wiggins-Pran Cultural Center, Multicultural & International Student Services, Population & Development, Transformative Speaking & Holistic Learning.

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