Lessons from 2020, Advising Excellence, Race and Theater
Lessons from 2020, Advising Excellence, Race and Theater
Faculty member honored for commitment to advising; others share expertise on job market for new grads, anti-racism in theater, communicating with empathy, and more
Amber Racchini at work on her computer

Center Has the Answers

Open since August, the Hawks Q&A Center is a one-stop shop students can turn to with questions on almost any topic. Director Amber Racchini and the rest of the staff track down the answers—a role she described as “a little like being an investigator.” Learn more about this new initiative
“Rather than putting [2020] behind them and moving on, I’d like graduates to reflect on what didn’t work and use that reflection to improve themselves and the world.”
—Ben Ford, professor and chair, Anthropology Department
NACADA, a national advising organization, will recognize Kalani Palmer, a faculty member in the Human Development and Family Science program, with an award for excellence in advising.
DeSoto-Jackson Leads Virtual Workshops, Joins Commission
Rachel DeSoto-Jackson, associate professor of Applied Theatre, recently led two virtual master class workshops:
  • Let’s Talk about It,” presented to the University of Pittsburgh theater department, explored race, diversity, equity, and inclusion through the methodology of Theatre of the Oppressed.
  • The Secrets of Nonverbal Communication,” presented during the Smithsonian Latino Center’s 2020 Young Ambassadors Program, focused on empathetic communication skills.
DeSoto-Jackson was also appointed to the Pittsburgh Gender Equity Commission as a member of the review committee for research proposals.
Dawn Smith-Sherwood, Department of Foreign Languages, coedited a recently published book, A Laboratory of Her Own: Women and Science in Spanish Culture.
English professor and Writing Center Director Dana Driscoll’s 2020 keynote address for the South Eastern Writing Center Association was published in Southern Discourse in the Center: A Journal of Multiliteracy and Innovation. 
Mimi Benjamin, Student Affairs in Higher Education, published a study in Learning Communities Research and Practice about how peer mentors assisted new undergraduates in a science-based learning community.
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