Rhodes’ Memphis REACH Symposium To Be Presented July 31 on Campus

The second annual Memphis REACH (Research, Engagement, and Community History) Symposium will be held 3- 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall on campus. The public is welcome to attend.

Established in 2012, the symposium showcases the research and work done by Rhodes student fellows over the summer and highlights their work with various organizations and individuals throughout Memphis. Participants include more than 50 students from the Rhodes College Summer Service Fellows, Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies, Community Development Fellows, and Crossroads to Freedom.

The schedule is as follows: 
3 p.m. Opening comments by Dr. Russell Wigginton, Vice President for External Programs 
3:10 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Student Oral Presentations 
3:45 p.m.– 5 p.m. Poster Session and Light Refreshments


More about the participants:

Summer Service Fellows 
The Summer Service Fellowship is a nine-week program that provides students the opportunity to work for a nonprofit organization in Memphis. Fellows work 35 hours per week at the organization of their choosing and participate in weekly community leadership training and reflection meetings with staff and other fellows.

Faculty/Staff Contacts: 
Sandi George Tracy: tracy@rhodes.edu 
Scott Garner: garners@rhodes.edu


Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies 
The Rhodes Institute is an eight-week program dedicated to furthering academic research on Memphis and the Mid-South region. The program contains components of both interdisciplinary study and independent research. In addition, it serves as a cultural immersion experience and fosters civic awareness and involvement in Memphis and the Mid-South.

Faculty Contact: 
Milton Moreland: morelandm@rhodes.edu


Community Development Fellows
Community Development Fellows work with the Midtown North and VECA communities near campus on projects that engage residents, businesses and other stakeholders and empower the community. Previous projects have included inventorying street assets, publishing neighborhood newsletters, facilitating public forums, managing environmental projects such as community gardens and cleanups, working with city and county government partners, and organizing summer programs for neighborhood children.

Faculty/Staff Contacts:
Elizabeth Thomas: thomase@rhodes.edu 
Dorothy Cox: coxd@rhodes.edu


Crossroads to Freedom 
Crossroads is a full-time, nine-week fellowship program in which students are engaged in preserving and documenting the history of Memphis and its neighborhoods. It includes archival research, processing documents for online preservation and working directly in the community to collect and preserve oral histories. Information is stored on the Crossroads digital archive.

Staff Contact:
Suzanne Bonefas: bonefas@rhodes.edu