Guide to the Holleran Center Records, 1996-2016
|Repository:||Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives, Connecticut College|
|Title:||Holleran Center records|
|Extent:||1.25 linear feet (3 boxes)|
|Abstract:||Administrative records for the Holleran Center, 1996-2016|
The Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy at Connecticut College is a multidisciplinary academic center that advances teaching, learning, research, and community collaborations. Established in March 1996 as the Center for Community Challenges, the Center sought to develop a program which integrated research, teaching, and service learning with the aim of "preparing students for lives of civic engagement and leadership while collaborating with community partners to advance the public good."
Funded initially by grants from the Surdna and Lucent Foundations, the Center was endowed by Jerry and Carolyn Holleran ’60 and renamed the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy in 1999. The Center currently administers three programmatic areas: Community Partnerships; Community Learning Pedagogical and Research Development; and the certificate Program in Community Action (PICA). Past community initiatives and research projects include neighborhood enhancements, youth development, math and science curricular design, literacy initiatives, urban health programs, and micro-economic lending.
Developed as a three-year program integrating classroom studies in the liberal arts with experiential learning in local and global communities, the Program in Community Action requires students to complete five courses outside the major, including the PICA Gateway Course; a junior seminar course designed to develop knowledge and skills in community action; a senior seminar with PICA scholars; a capstone project integrating research and course work to address a particular community challenge; and a 300 hour community internship typically done between the junior and senior years. PICA graduated its first cohort of thirteen students in May 2000; as of May 2016, 344 students have completed the program.
This collection consists of the administrative records for the Holleran Center, including annual reports, event and program information, alumni material, and documentation of the development and activities of the Program in Community Action.
[Item], Folder, Box, Holleran Center Records. Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives, Connecticut College.
Rebecca Parmer, 2016
Transferred by Penney Jade Beaubrun, Holleran Center Assistant Director for Alumni Development and Publications, 2016 [Accession 2016-010].
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open to researchers.
Organized into five series, and then chronologically within: General, PICA, Programs and Events, Publications, and Photographs
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection
Series I: General
General administrative records, including informational material about the mission and history of the Holleran Center, annual reports, alumni development activities, and requests for proposals for faculty research and course initiatives.
Series II: Program in Community Action (PICA)
Documenting the development and activities of the Program in Community Action (PICA), this series includes program handbooks, recruitment pamphlets and fact sheets, certificate information, and student presentations and other work. Of interest are the senior handouts describing studentsí program of study, as well as the Gateway Course final reports detailing student experiences with community partner collaborations.
Series III: Programs and Events
Flyers, programs, and invitations for Holleran Center events, including campus collaborative programs, the Centerís annual Walk to End Homelessness, and the Common Ground, Common Hour series, a public colloquium founded in 1998 which features dialogues with leading experts from public life and the academy about active citizenship in a democracy. Also included are materials for the Holleran Centerís Exhibiting Activism showcase, which highlights activist art, social entrepreneurship, and alumni work in the community, activist art, and social entrepreneurship.
Series IV: Publications
Newsletters and publications, including the Guidebook for Partners in Policymaking. Compiled by J. Allen Winter, Professor of Sociology at Connecticut College, in partnership with the Holleran Center, the guidebook was designed to help advocates navigate the Connecticut General Assembly as they try to address the needs of people with disabilities.
|3||8||Guidebook for Partners in Policymaking||1999|
|10||HC In Action||2006-2007, 2013|
|11||Alumni in Action||2014-2015|
Series V: Photographs
Photographs of Holleran Center programs and events, including Gateway Course final presentations, events and programs, and certificate presentation ceremonies.