Rhodes’ Memphis REACH Symposium to Showcase Student Work Over the Summer

The third annual Memphis REACH (Research, Engagement, and Community History) Symposium will be held 3-5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30, in the Barret library 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 the Summer Service,  Rhodes Institute,  Community Development and Crossroads fellows.


In Barret 051 
3 p.m. Opening comments by Dr. Russ Wigginton, Vice President for External Programs 
3:10 p.m. Student presentations 
3:45 p.m. Closing comments by Dr. Milton Moreland, Interim Dean of the Faculty

In the Middle Ground
3:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Poster session and light refreshments

More about the participants:

Summer Service Fellows 
The Summer Service Fellowship program 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.

Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies 
The Rhodes Institute is 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.

Community Development Fellows 
The fellows work with the Midtown North and VECA communities near campus on projects that engage residents, businesses and other stakeholders and empower the community.

Crossroads to Freedom 
Crossroads fellows 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.