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Empowering Urban Communities: Partnerships in Adult Education and Civic Health

April 20, 2011

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Fainsod Room, 3rd floor, Littauer Building, 79 JFK Street

Timothy McCarthy, Adjunct Lecturer, HKS and Academic Director, Boston Clemente Course

Doreen Treacy, Director, The DotWell CivicHealth Institute


Join us for a lively discussion on a different type of urban joint venture and its impact on a low-income community. Learn about a successful 10-year partnership between adult education and civic health services. Find out why Dr. McCarthy believes his role teaching humanities to adults in Dorchester is at "the root" of his work. Discover how Doreen Treacy, self-proclaimed "visionary agitator," has served her community as a resident, service-provider, and community activist for the past 17 years.

This event is co-sponsored by the Urban Policy PIC, the Health PIC, the Education PIC, the Social Policy PIC, the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, and KSSG.

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About the speakers & organizations:


Dr. Timothy McCarthy is a Lecturer on History and Literature at Harvard, an Adjunct Lecturer on Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Director of the Human Rights and Social Movements Program at HKS’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. An historian of social movements, he has published three books, and is a contributing writer for The Nation, Huffington Post, and The Daily Beast.

The Boston Clemente Course in the Humanities
is among the most successful programs of its kind in the nation. Founded in 2001, this program is a college-level humanities course offered free-of-charge to low-income adults. Over the last decade, nearly 300 students have been admitted to the program with a graduation rate of more than 70%. Successful graduates receive college credits from Bard College. Many graduates have gone on to pursue degrees at colleges and universities in the Boston area and throughout the nation. The course, offered through the Codman Square Health Center, includes instruction in five areas - Art History, Literature, Writing, Moral Philosophy, and American History. Professor McCarthy serves as Academic Director and Professor of American History of the Boston Clemente Course.

Doreen Treacy
is the Director of the DotWell CivicHealth Institute, where she works with other community activists to build social capital in the community. Doreen spearheaded the DotWell Fiscal Health Program and also manages the Community Technology Resource Center. As a founding member of the Boston EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) Coalition, she manages the largest Tax Counseling EITC site in Boston for low-income residents. DotWell also includes a 9,000 square foot Healthworks women’s fitness center. Prior to joining DotWell in 2001, Doreen was the principal owner of a consulting business that developed and managed the City of Boston Homebuying 101 program. Doreen has lived in Dorchester for the past 17 years.

DotWell is a community-based organization, specifically a formalized collaborative effort of its two founding organizations: the Codman Square Health Center (CSHC) and the Dorchester House Multi-Service Center (DHMSC). DotWell was previously known as the Health Services Partnership of Dorchester (HSP). DotWell generates trust and respect by providing the highest quality comprehensive clinical and community-based services; a well-maintained physical plant that meets the needs of the community; a team of staff that are both entrepreneurial and practical; state-of-the-art technology available for use by the staff and the community; and unparalleled involvement by a diverse group of stakeholders including staff, clients, board members, elected and appointed officials, and collaborators.

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