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Field Report: Louisiana Public Health Institute – Jackie Hammers-Crowell

I’m spending my year working at the Louisiana Public Health Institute. As you can see, our offices are right across the street from the Superdome. We take up an entire floor … Continue reading

January 20, 2016

The Kids Are Alright – Beau Braddock

The spring is flying by! It’s graduation time here at Tulane, and all of the seniors and graduate students are preparing for the big weekend of festivities, their families coming … Continue reading

May 29, 2015

Our Obsession with Punishment III: Unlearning

I don’t understand our obsession with punishment. It drives those most in need of loving care away from whatever community they are deviating in.  Despite all the anger I feel, … Continue reading

December 1, 2014

The Power of Persistence—Amy Biedermann

I briefly mentioned BDC’s MLK Day service project in my last post but I wanted the opportunity to go into more detail as it is a story that may benefit … Continue reading

February 18, 2014

Field Report: FirstLine Schools

My last update was a couple months ago, and much has happened since then. I have a pretty clear understanding of what my job here entails, and what I should … Continue reading

February 1, 2013

Field Report: Plessy School

The last couple of months have flown by as a series of experiences.  I lived through my first hurricane, had my first drive-thru daiquiri  gutted my first house, pet my first … Continue reading

November 20, 2012

Field Report: Latino Farmers Cooperative of Louisiana

The cold winds approach, But this VISTA is content For Service warms me.   This new purpose in my life Enriches my soul With ardent strength, conviction.   Wisdom, walk … Continue reading

October 31, 2012

Field Report: Firstline Schools

It occurred to me at some point that one of the most important skills to have is the ability to build bridges. While my placement at FirstLine may sometimes be … Continue reading

September 27, 2012

Field Report: Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

  I can’t believe it’s been another month already! Before Isaac came along, I had anticipated that I would use this blog to provide an update on what has been … Continue reading

September 7, 2012

Field Report: Firstline Charter Schools

I write this field report – my first – the week after Hurricane Isaac shut down the city for nearly a week. As always, we continue on. And so I … Continue reading

September 5, 2012



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