On Monday, June 9, a dozen students from House 3, Cohort 2 presented the community-based research they conducted for the Voter Engagement Committee of the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House in Long Island City to Monique Owens, Riis’ Community Advocate, Immigration Services, and Gary Phillip Anthony, Executive Assistant.
With guidance from Instructor Derek Tesser, QR students from each House 3 cohort have been gathering data needed by the Voter Engagement Committees of the Phipps Neighborhood Center in the Bronx and the Riis Settlement House in Queens during the spring semester to complement their study of immigration in Assistant Professor Andrea Morrell’s Critical Issues class. Librarians Cydney Johnson and Vee Herrington assisted students to access the many databases from which they extracted, analyzed and presented their data on neighborhood indicators such as demographics, health, and educational attainment. Members of the Voter Engagement Committees requested this data for their Community Votes Project to assist in their voter identification, registration and mobilization efforts, and to support both human services agencies in seeking funding for programs that support the immigrant communities they serve.
Students in House 3, Cohorts 1 and 3, conducted site visits to the Phipps Neighborhood Center and students in Cohort 2 to the Riis Settlement House at the onset of the project. The students met with the community partners, learned about the intergenerational work that takes place at each site, and saw how the functions of each organization have changed since they historically began serving the needs of the immigrant communities in their boroughs. Students who had not yet registered to vote were also able to sign up during the site visits and met members of the Voter Engagement Committees as well as the directors of various programs that work with seniors and court-involved youth. Cohorts 1, 3, and the remainder of Cohort 2 delivered their findings to the Committee members in the Bronx on Friday, June 6, for their C ity Seminar QR final presentations.
Several students spoke with the directors of the agencies regarding summer employment opportunities; one student has already been offered and approved for her Human Services internship at the Riis Settlement House working with the Community Advocate. Guttman students once again demonstrated the value of “learning by doing” in their work with the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House and the Phipps Neighborhood Center.
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