Human Services Program Coordinator Named Transformative Learning in the Humanities Faculty Fellow 2021-2022 and Organizes Workshop on Nature-Based Learning
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Human Services Dr. Nicole Kras has been awarded the Transformative Learning in the Humanities Fellowship, part of an important three-year CUNY-based initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. With her cohort of 2021-2022 THL Faculty Fellows, Dr. Kras will share and develop active, creative, and participatory practices as well as “pedagogical research and methods designed for the rich diversity of CUNY students,” ensuring their success in and beyond the classroom. While prioritizing the importance of teaching, the grant supports CUNY faculty in the humanities, arts, and interpretive social sciences who are committed to equity and social and racial justice. Guttman Associate Professor of Anthropology Dr. Kristina Baines and Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies Dr. Grace Pai were also named THL Faculty Fellows for this, the fellowship’s culminating cycle.
Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowship Awarded to Guttman Faculty for Oral History Work with Our Students
Adjunct Assistant Professor Dr. Samuel Finesurrey received the Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowship as the Principal Investigator of “Chronicling New York City Journeys: Co-Creating an Oral History Archive with Community College Students at a Minority Serving Public Institution,” a project rooted in designing, collecting and archiving oral histories with Guttman students for the Guttman Community College Undergraduate Scholars Oral History Project, which he established in 2019. During the grant period, Dr. Finesurrey will complete the digitization of this collection while also producing an anthology of student-collected oral histories edited in collaboration with undergraduates. This tremendous effort by Dr. Finesurrey and Guttman students Viandry Mena, Hermanica Thelusca, and Ariadna Villeda exemplifies the College’s commitment to foster a culturally engaging environment and involve students in recognizing and examining the diverse narratives in our society.
Ernest Butts, Guttman class of 2018, isn’t afraid of a full workload in the name of social justice. With a calm and confident demeanor, he talks passionately about wanting to be an advocate for change. Since he began his college journey at Guttman, Ernest has built an impressive resume that sets him well on his way to create a positive impact on his community.
Ayanna Dickinson, a Guttman Urban Studies major, was selected to join the 2019 cohort of the Pulitzer Center student fellows. Ayanna will travel to Ecuador in July with Global Guttman and will report on the conservation efforts in the Chocoan Rainforest.
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) announced that Maggie Dickinson, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, and Andrea Morrel, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, are among the 2019 Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellows. This is the first year of this program, which supports research projects from humanities and social science faculty who teach at two-year colleges. The program is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Kristina Baines, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, was awarded a 2019 tenure-track Course Hero-Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching. The Course Hero-Woodrow Wilson Fellowship is a “genius grant” for outstanding teachers.