The Johns Hopkins Gazette: February 28, 2000
February 28, 2000
VOL. 29, NO. 24


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

DLC, Sojourner Douglass develop health and city course

Health and the city is the focus of an upcoming course jointly developed by the university's Diversity Leadership Council and Sojourner Douglass College and being offered through the School of Public Health.

The nine-week, two-credit multidisciplinary course, which begins March 29, will examine societal and behavioral factors in an urban environment and how they impact a person's health. Societal factors discussed will be race, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, immigration and the environment.

This class--titled Societal Factors' Effect on Health Indicators: An Urban Health Challenge--is a result of the $85,000 Hewlett Foundation grant awarded last year to the Diversity Leadership Council.

Lecturers will be faculty from Hopkins and Sojourner, a historically black college, and speakers from urban agencies. Personal narratives from community members will follow each lecture.

"I think that is one of the highlights of the course," said Marisela Gomez, course coordinator. "It's storytelling. This way students just don't read the subject from the book, they have a person telling them how this particular factor directly impacts them."

The graduate-level course, open to undergraduates, will take place at Sojourner Douglass College, which is located at 500 N. Caroline St., across from the Hopkins Caroline Street garage.

Founded in 1997, the DLC recommends and promotes policies, programs and other initiatives that will attract and retain a diverse mix of faculty, staff and students. The council also promotes and supports diversity awareness education within university-wide and in the Baltimore community.

For more information on the course, contact Robert Lawrence, associate dean for professional education and programs, School of Public Health, at 410-614-4590 or (registrants must obtain his signature/e-mail approval).

Forum for Maryland educators addresses summer learning

Some 100 Maryland educators, community youth program providers and education researchers met on the Homewood campus last Friday to take part in a forum that explored summer learning opportunities for low-income Baltimore City children. "Building Summer Learning Opportunities for All: A Summer School Forum" was sponsored by the Open Society Institute, New Maryland Education Coalition, Teach Baltimore and Safe and Sound.

The forum drew speakers like Elizabeth Morgan, chief academic officer of the Baltimore City Public School System; Geoffrey Borman, researcher at Hopkins' Center for Social Organization of Schools; Cozette Buckney, the chief education officer in the Chicago School System, who helped to implement Chicago's nationally recognized summer learning program; and Craig Larson, superintendent of Missouri's Parkway school district, who has found success by focusing on summer learning through enrichment opportunities rather than solely through remediation.

The forum, designed for Baltimore education practitioners, is a precursor to a national conference that will be held in July at Hopkins, sponsored by CSOS, Teach Baltimore and the Open Society Institute. That conference will draw researchers from around the country and will explore the latest research associated with summer school, social promotion and summer learning opportunities.

Evergreen Society courses offer seniors diverse opportunities

Enriching explorations of such diverse subjects as the marvels (and mayhem) of the medieval world, American politics since 1960, the split between Second Temple Judaism and Christianity, Hollywood musicals, immigrant culture and Verdi operas will be among the offerings when the Evergreen Society begins its spring schedule.

The part-time courses for seniors, which begin March 14, are offered at various locations in Baltimore, Columbia and Montgomery County. For information, call Evergreen at 410-309-9531 or 301-294-7058.

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On March 6, The Gazette will introduce connected@jhu, a consumer-oriented, monthly forum in which HITS will convey important information about IT services and provide answers to customers' queries.

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